What is GYC?
Identity. A youth-initiated and-led movement of Seventh-day Adventists from diverse backgrounds, united in a common commitment to serious Bible study, intense prayer, uncompromising lifestyle, and boldness in sharing Christ with others.
History. In 2002 a small group of college students began a movement – the result of a hungering for the Word of God, deeper relationship with Christ and an active life in His service.
Vision. Uphold the distinctive message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; to aspire to excellence in all aspects of their lives – academic, professional, and spiritual; to embrace the call to radical discipleship, including a life of missionary service; and to be supportive and respectful of denominational leadership while remaining a youth-led movement.
Conference. A venue to be inspired by speakers who uphold the authority of the Holy Bible and respect the Spirit of Prophecy. A place to receive training from presenters who embrace all our Fundamental Beliefs. An opportunity to network with others from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and geographic locations. A setting for quality music and a vibrant worship characterized by principle, reverence, and decorum. An occasion to be inspired by other young people sharing testimonies of what God is doing in their lives. And a moment to experience a sense of God’s call for your life and a commitment to live daily for Him.
Projects. Massive evangelistic endeavors with thousands of lives changed, book printing, online sermon archive, regional youth conferences, mission trips, networking opportunities for young people around the globe, weeks of prayer, and youth camp meetings.
There exists, today, an army of dedicated young people within the Seventh-day Adventist church who yearn to demonstrate Nehemiah’s leadership, Daniel’s integrity, Mary’s humility, Paul’s passion for evangelism, and Christ’s love for God and humanity. It is the goal of GYC and its members to seek and galvanize such young people. We aim to mobilize existing youth and young adult ministries that are fully committed to the distinctive message and mission of the Adventist church towards the proclamation of the Three Angels’ Messages.
GYC seeks to equip and inspire young people to be Christian ambassadors to their respective places of work and study by
- Providing Biblical training in the form of participatory workshops, Bible studies, and inspirational messages at its annual conference.
- Fostering and encouraging Christian fellowship among young people from diverse socioeconomic statuses, educational degrees, geographical locations, and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
- Creating network opportunities for Adventist young people and youth-oriented ministries.
- Encouraging young people to assume leadership responsibilities in the Seventh-day Adventist Church by employing their experience and talents in planning and presenting the annual conference and other events.
Spirit of GYC
In seeking to uphold the distinctive message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, GYC will promote among its participants:
- A respect for Scripture as the foundation and test of all teachings and practices
- An appreciation for the Spirit of Prophecy as an authoritative source of instruction, comfort, and warning
- A quest for Biblical holiness through a daily prayer and devotional experience with Jesus and a commitment to following His Word
- A vibrant worship experience one that is characterized by principle, reverence, and decorum
- A passion for lost souls animated by personal experience in the saving love of Jesus and a desire for His imminent return
- A cultivation of godly relationships preserving purity and encouraging accountability
- An exemplary and abundant lifestyle in recreation, entertainment, dress, and healthful living
- An enthusiasm for service through care for the needy, service to the community, promotion of human rights, and stewardship of the environment
- A commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist Church as God’s remnant church by supporting and upholding its principles, organization, and leadership
- An attitude of humility and cordiality as we seek to clarify, articulate, and defend the Biblical teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist church