1.   Prerequisites

a)      Be at least 16 years of age.
b)      Be a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
c)      Complete a Basic Staff Training Course in one of the following:
  •  Adventurer Ministries
  • Pathfinder Ministries

ii)       Pathfinder Ministries
iii)     Youth Ministries

 

2.   Spiritual Development

a)      Read the book Steps to Christ.
b)      Complete the devotional guide Encounter Series I, Christ the Way, or a Bible Year plan.
c)      Keep a devotional journal for at least four weeks, summarizing what you read each day.
d)      Demonstrate your knowledge of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs by completing one of the following:
i)        Write a paper explaining at least 15 of the beliefs.
ii)       Give an oral presentation on at least 15 of the beliefs.
iii)     Give a series of Bible studies covering at least 15 of the beliefs.
iv)     Conduct a seminar series teaching at least 15 of the beliefs.
e)      Enhance your knowledge of church heritage by completing the following:
i)        Reading The Pathfinder Story
ii)       Earning the Adventist Church Heritage Award
iii)     Reading a book on some aspect of church heritage

 

3.   Skills Development

a)      Attend and complete a two-hour seminar in each of the following areas:
i)        Leadership skills
ii)       Communication skills
iii)     Creativity and resource development
iv)     Child and youth evangelism
b)      Have or earn the following honors:
i)        Christian Storytelling
ii)       Camping Skills II
c)      Earn two additional honors of your choice not previously earned.
d)      Hold a current Red Cross First Aid and Safety certificate or its equivalent.
e)      Supervise participants through either an Adventurer Class or Pathfinder Class curriculum or teach a Sabbath School class for at least one quarter. 105

 

4.   Child Development

a)      Read the book Education.
b)      Read at least one additional book on child development or attend a three-hour seminar dealing with child development within the age group of your chosen ministry.

 

5.   Leadership Development

a)      Read a current book on your choice of topic under the general category of Leadership Skill Development.
b)      Demonstrate your leadership skills by doing the following:
i)        Develop and conduct three worships.
ii)       Participate in a leadership role with your local church children’s/youth group in a conference sponsored event.
iii)     Teach three Adventurer Awards or two Pathfinder Honors.
iv)     Assist in planning and leading a field trip for a group of Adventurers, Pathfinders or Sabbath School class.
v)      Be an active Adventurer, Pathfinder, Youth Club, Sabbath School or AY Society staff member for at least one year and attend at least 75% of all staff meetings.
c)      Identify three current roles in your life, at least one of which is spiritually oriented, and list three goals or objectives for each.

 

6.   Fitness Life-style Development

a)      Participate in a personal physical fitness plan for a minimum of three months, and evaluate any level of improvement of physical condition.



I. Prerequisites

1. Be a baptized member, in regular standing, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
2. Have a written recommendation from your local church board.
3. Be at least 16 years of age to start the Master Guide curriculum and at least 18 years of age at completion.
4. Be an active staff member of an Adventurer or Pathfinder Club.
5. Complete a Basic Staff Training Course
6. Be involved for a 
minimum of one year in one of the following ministries:
a. Adventurer Ministries
b. Pathfinder Ministries
Additional Prerequisite Notes
1. The Master Guide curriculum must
be completed in a minimum of one
year and a maximum of three years.
2. Those completing the Master
Guide curriculum do so under the
supervision of the Conference/
Mission Youth Ministries Director
or his/her designated Master Guide.
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II. Spiritual Development
1. Read or listen to the book Steps
to Christ and submit a one page
response focusing on the benefits of
the reading.3
2. Complete the devotional guide
Encounter Series I, Christ the Way,
or complete another year long Bible
reading plan that covers the four
Gospels.
3. Read or listen to the book
Desire of Ages.
4. Do one of the following:
a. Keep a devotional journal for a
minimum of four weeks,
summarizing what you learned
in your devotional time and
outlining how you are growing
in your faith.
b. Complete the Steps to
Discipleship Personal
Spirituality Curriculum4
5. Be involved in one or more
evangelistic or community based
outreach programs.
6. Prepare a one page point form
(bullet point) summary on each
of the 28 fundamental beliefs.
7. Develop and give a presentation on
four of the following beliefs,
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making use of visual aids if
possible.
a. Creation
b. The Experience of Salvation
c. Growing in Christ
d. The Remnant and its Mission
e. Baptism
f. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
g. The Gift of Prophecy
h. The Sabbath
i. Christ’s Ministry in the
Heavenly Sanctuary
j. The Second Coming of Christ
k. Death and Resurrection
8. Enhance your knowledge of
church heritage by completing the
following:
a. Earn the Adventist Church
Heritage Award.
b. Read a book about SDA youth
ministry such as:
• The Pathfinder Story
• We are The Pathfinders
Strong: The First Fifty
Years by Willie Oliver
with Patricia Humphrey.
• Another book that
is approved by your
supervising Conference/
Mission Youth Ministries
Director.
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c. Reading a book about church
heritage such as:
• Anticipating the Advent by
George Knight.
• Tell It to the World by
Mervyn Maxwell
• Light Bearers to the
Remnant by Richard
W. Schwarz and Floyd
Greenleaf
• The Church Heritage
Manual produced by the
General Conference Youth
Department.
• Another book that
is approved by your
supervising Conference/
Mission Youth Ministries
Director.
8. Complete a two page
(minimum) research paper
about a standard temperament
analysis program and complete
the affiliated temperament
inventory.
III. Skills Development
1. Attend and complete a seminar in
each of the following 12 subjects:1
a. Leadership
1. How to be a Christian
leader
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2. Vision, mission, and
motivation
3. Risk Management
for Adventurer and
Pathfinder Ministries
4. Discipline
b. Communication
5. Communication theory,
listening skills,
6. Practical communication
practices
7. Understanding and teaching
to learning styles
c. Creativity and resources
8. How to prepare effective
creative worship
9. Understanding and using
creativity
d. Child evangelism
10. Principles of youth and
children’s evangelism
11. How to lead a child to
Christ
12. Understanding your
spiritual gifts
2. Have or earn the following honors:
a. Christian Storytelling
b. Camping Skills I-IV
c. Drilling & Marching (if this
honor is not applicable in your
country’s culture, suggest an
alternative to your supervisor)
Initial Date
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d. Knots
3. Earn two additional honors
or awards of your choice, not
previously earned.
4. Hold a current Red Cross First
Aid and Safety certificate or its
equivalent.
5. Supervise participants through
either an Adventurer or Pathfinder
Class level or teach a Sabbath
School class for at least one year to
a group of children ages 6 to 15.
IV. Child Development
1. Read or listen to Education and
submit a one page response focusing
on the benefits of your reading.2
2. Read or listen to either Child
Guidance or Messages to Young
People and submit a one page
response focusing on the benefits of
your reading.3
3. Attend three seminars dealing with
child development or educational
theory relating to the age of your
primary ministry group.1
4. Observe for a period of two hours a
group of Adventurers or Pathfinders
and write a reflection on their
interaction with each other and with
the staff.
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V. Leadership Development
1. Read a current book on your choice
of topic under the general category
of “Leadership Skill Development.”
These are some suggestions:
a. Positive Church in a Negative
World by John Arrias.
b. Take The Risk by Ben Carson.
c. Ellen White on Leadership by
Cindy Tutsch.
d. Help! I’m being Followed by
Clinton Valleyn.
e. Other book recommended by
your supervising Conference/
Mission Youth Ministries
Director.
2. Demonstrate your leadership skills
by doing the following:
a. Develop and conduct three
creative worships for children
and/or teenagers.
b. Participate in a leadership
role with your local church
children’s/youth group in a
Conference sponsored event.
c. Teach three Adventurer Awards
or two Pathfinder Honors.
d. Assist in planning and leading
a field trip for a group of
Adventurers, Pathfinders,
or Sabbath school class for
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children ages 6 to 15.
e. Be an active Adventurer,
Pathfinder, or Sabbath school
staff member for at least one
year and attend at least 75% of
all staff meetings.
3. Write goals that you would like to
accomplish in your ministry.
4. Identify three current roles in
your life, at least one of which is
spiritually oriented, and list three
goals or objectives for each.
VI. Fitness Lifestyle Development
1. Participate in a personal physical
fitness plan by completing one of
the following:
a. The physical components of
the AY Silver Award. If you
already have the AY Silver
Award, then move on to the AY
Gold Award.
b. A school physical fitness
program.
c. A personal physical fitness
program based on a fitness
book of your choice or
a workout program in
consultation with your local
supervising Master Guide or
authorized instructor.
Initial Date
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VII. Documentation
1. Compile a portfolio documenting all
of your work related to completing
the Master Guide curriculum.
Notes
1. Seminars should be of at least 90
minutes in length. All the seminar
facilitators must be approved by the
Conference youth director or the
church pastor.
2. It would be advantageous for a
Master Guide to have working
knowledge of both Adventurers and
Pathfinders ministries.
3. Suggested themes, questions and
subjects are given in the Master
Guide Curriculum Manual.
4. The Steps to Discipleship Personal
Spirituality Curriculum can
be found and download at the
General Conference website: www.
gcyouthministries.org.
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