What is the Youth in Mission Movement?
Events for young people with emphasis on mission are important. This is why we are hosting the Youth in Mission Congress. But events in and of themselves are not sufficient. If we really want to reach our goal, to preach the Advent message to all the world in this generation, then we need nothing more than a mission-driven youth movement – a Youth in Mission Movement. Ellen White states this vision as follows:
"With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!" Ellen White, Education, P. 271
The motto of the Youth in Mission Movement is: Inspire - Train - Send. The young people shall not only be inspired and trained, but also sent out. If we want to send young people, then we also have to tell them where they can go. In other words, we need mission projects at home and abroad, where they can get involved. This is Youth in Mission, young people, who are not only talking and dreaming, but also going out to make a difference.
The concept of the Youth in Mission Movement is nothing new. It is already reality in many countries all over the world. For the same to happen here, this concept should be the model for our youth ministry. Our various offers should relate back to the model and new offers should be developed with the model in mind. They should complement and strengthen each other. The youth come, get inspired, go to work and return to share their testimonies. Because of this others will be encouraged and also decide to go out. This is the vision of the Youth in Mission Movement.