We Are Commanded to Lead Dangerously, Adventist Youth Leader Says – Seventh-day Adventist Church

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“Just like Joshua, you are called to lead the younger generation,” Adventist Church youth director Gary Blanchard told members and invitees to the 2019 Annual Council. “You are on dangerous ground if you do not see yourself as a youth leader.” Photo: Brent Hardinge, Adventist News Network

Young people are designed to live dangerously, and adult leaders are commanded to lead them dangerously for the Lord. So said Adventist Church youth director Gary Blanchard, on the opening night of the 2019 Annual Council at the church’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, on October 10, 2019.

Hundreds of members and invitees of the General Conference Executive Committee will meet October 10-16 to worship together, accept or reject reports, and vote on policies and initiatives of the church. Annual Council is one of the two annual business meetings of the Adventist Church and the most important after the General Conference Session, which takes place every five years.

As has become usual in the past few years, the first sessions of Annual Council are spent in a training event known as the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Conference. LEAD meetings usually provide Executive Committee members with practical information on one specific topic or area. The 2019 LEAD Conference, entitled “Pass It On,” is focused on Adventist youth ministries and its reports, plans, and outreach and mission initiatives. It was in that context that Blanchard called leaders to “lead dangerously.”

Hundreds of church leaders and members of the Adventist Church Executive Committee follow the opening moments of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Conference on the opening night of the 2019 Annual Council. The LEAD Conference is focused on the role, testimonies, and initiatives of the youth ministries department. Photo: Brent Hardinge, Adventist News Network

Just Like Joshua

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