Friday, May 27, 2011

What most Adventist young people think about traditional Adventist standards

According to the Center for Youth Evangelism, 783 young adults were asked if they agreed or disagreed with 10 standards "generally thought to be held by Seventh-day Adventists."

Here's what they found:

Standard Agree Disagree
1. Not use illegal drugs 93% 5%
2. Not use tobacco 92% 4%
3. Keep the Sabbath holy 88% 4%
4. Not drink alcoholic beverages 77% 15%
5. Dress modestly 75% 12%
6. Sex should occur only within marriage 74% 14%
7. Not wear cosmetic jewelery 33% 49%
8. Not listen to rock music 32% 49%
9. Not dance 22% 60%
10. Not attend movie theaters 16% 71%

Suggestions from the Center for Youth Evangelism:

"If these last four standards really do have a Biblical base, and if they continue to be relevant to Adventism, then the church, and especially youth ministries leaders, will need to find ways through study and dialogue to lead to a commitment on the part of young adults to these standards. Otherwise, they should be removed from the list, for standards that are proclaimed but not practiced only lead to charges of hypocrisy."

Friday, May 13, 2011

This is why Ultimate Workout is so awesome

Ultimate Workout 21 will take place July 12-25, 2011 in Chiapas, Mexico. It's a two-week mission trip for high schoolers only.

Learn more about Ultimate Workout

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another Adventist a cappella group wins 'The Sing-Off,' this time in The Netherlands

Adventists' got a cappella talent.

An Adventist a cappella group won The Netherlands version of "The Sing-Off" in April. This is third time that an Adventist group has won on any of The Sing-Off's international franchises.

Gentle Voices won a Sony Music recording contract and have been invited to perform with Dutch music group, De Toppers.

Gentle Voices is made up of six cousins from Rotterdam, South Holland. The group began in 1999 as a quartet, but eventually expanded to become a sextet. They are Mitchell Bouterse, Anthony Glen, Earl Vlijter, Everton Glen, Lionel Bouterse and Mitchell Thompson.

According to tedNews, "Not only do they want to reach a large group of people with their gift of singing, but their motivation is to reach people with creativity and harmony."

In the United States, Committed won season 2 of "The Sing-Off" in December 2010. Nota won season 1 in December 2009.

Below, you can watch Gentle Voices' performances on "The Sing-Off," including when they were announced the champions:

Watch the 3rd IAD Pathfinder Camporee online

Thousands of Pathfinders gather at the IAD Camporee. Photo courtesy IAD/Adventist News Network.
Thousands of Pathfinders gather at the IAD Camporee. Photo courtesy IAD / Adventist News Network.
Source: Adventist News Network

More than 20,000 people attended the 3rd Inter-American Division (IAD) Pathfinder Camporee April 19-23, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Pathfinders came from across Central America, the Caribbean and parts of South America to attend the five-day youth event.

This year's camporee theme, "Conquering Giants," was based on the Bible story of David defeating Goliath.

More than 260 people were baptized at camporee and more than 1,000 people were invested.

The next IAD Pathfinder Camporee is scheduled to be held in 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

You can watch videos of the nightly camporee programs below:

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