The value of youth

The old dream, but the young vision. Dr Brad Kemp discusses what it's like to do ministry with young people.

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I joined Adventist Media in 2018. This is a great part of the Church to work in, particularly as media and digital platforms have become so significant during COVID-19. What has impressed me most are the people I work with.

The first thing I saw was the incredible commitment to mission. Each person I work with wants to know that what they do is making a difference and contributing to the mission of the Church. I often meet with different team members and get surprised by the ideas they have as to how we can provide resources to support church members in easily sharing Jesus with others.

The second thing that stands out is their creativity.

The third is the significant number of young people that Adventist Media is staffed with. The average age of employees is in the 30s and I am impressed by them. The Church is incredibly blessed to have young talent contributing to its mission and helping it to stay relevant in a changing world.

The prophet Joel speaks directly to the role of young people in our church, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28). Note here that the old dream but the young vision. The old bring history, stability and wisdom; the young bring passion, energy and future. And it is the combination of old and young that brings strength to our Church.

I’m encouraged when I see so many young people working around me—to know that my Church is investing in their and its future. I’m equally encouraged to see how committed to mission the youth are and how they are using their God-given abilities in service.