Adventist World church president Jan Paulsen is asking you to involve youth and women in top leadership positions.
“Clearly I think we should invite young people to serve on our executive committees of the church,” said Paulsen. “I think they should be present on the executive committees over local conference, over union; I think their presence is needed. But by far, the overwhelming place where young people must be trusted with leadership roles is in the local congregation.”
Elder Paulsen says youth have not been given “meaningful functional roles” in their local churches. He’s right. Most churches give youth jobs that don’t meet our potential.
In many churches, youth aren't given jobs. And the times when youth are given jobs in their local church, it's usually something like just taking up the offering or being a junior deacon. It isn't bad to help out that way, it's just that many youth aren't given meaningful jobs until they are practically adults.
We can do so much more. Please give us that opportunity. Teach us what we would need to learn, and we’ll teach you things you haven't heard of. Don't kill this potential.
As the world church president said: We are the church.