Master Guide Requirements

I. Prerequisites


  • Be a baptized member, in regular standing, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Have a written recommendation from your local church board.
  • Be at least 16 years of age to start the Master Guide curriculum and at least 18 years of age at completion.
  • Be an active staff member of an Adventurer or Pathfinder Club.
  • Complete a Basic Staff Training Course1 and be involved for a minimum of one year in one of the following ministries:
    • Adventurer Ministries
    • Pathfinder Ministries
Additional Prerequisite Notes

  • The Master Guide curriculum must be completed in a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.
  • Those completing the Master Guide curriculum do so under the supervision of the Conference/Mission Youth Ministries Director or his/her designated Master Guide.

II. Spiritual Development


  • Read or listen to the book "Steps to Christ" and submit a one page response focusing on the benefits of the reading.
  • Complete the devotional guide "Encounter Series I, Christ the Way", or complete another year long Bible reading plan that covers the four Gospels.
  • Read or listen to the book "Desire of Ages".
  • Do one of the following:
  • Be involved in one or more evangelistic or community based outreach programs.
  • Prepare a one page point form (bullet point) summary on each of the 28 fundamental beliefs.
  • Develop and give a presentation on four of the following beliefs, making use of visual aids if possible.
    • Creation
    • The Experience of Salvation
    • Growing in Christ
    • The Remnant and its Mission
    • Baptism
    • Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
    • The Gift of Prophecy
    • The Sabbath
    • Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
    • The Second Coming of Christ
    • Death and Resurrection
  • Enhance your knowledge of church heritage by completing the following:
    • Earn the Adventist Church Heritage Award.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Complete a two page (minimum) research paper about a standard temperament analysis program and complete the affiliated temperament inventory.

III. Skills Development


  • Attend and complete a seminar in each of the following 12 subjects:
    • Leadership
      • How to be a Christian leader
      • Vision, mission, and motivation
      • Risk Management for Adventurer and Pathfinder Ministries
      • Discipline
    • Communication
      • Communication theory, listening skills,
      • Practical communication practices
      • Understanding and teaching to learning styles
    • Creativity and resources
      • How to prepare effective creative worship
      • Understanding and using creativity
    • Child evangelism
      • Principles of youth and children's evangelism
      • How to lead a child to Christ
      • Understanding your spiritual gifts
  • Have or earn the following honors:
    • Christian Storytelling
    • Camping Skills I-IV
    • Drilling & Marching (if this Honor is not applicable in your country's culture, suggest an alternative to your supervisor)
    • Knots
  • Earn two additional honors or awards of your choice, not previously earned.
  • Hold a current Red Cross First Aid and Safety certificate or its equivalent.
  • 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


  • Read or listen to Education and submit a one page response focusing on the benefits of your reading.
  • 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.
  • Attend three seminars dealing with child development or educational theory relating to the age of your primary ministry group.
  • 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.

V. Leadership Development


  • Read a current book on your choice of topic under the general category of "Leadership Skill Development". These are some suggestions:
    • Leadership
      • Positive Church in a Negative World by John Arrias
      • Take The Risk by Ben Carson.
      • Ellen White on Leadership by Cindy Tutsch.
      • Help! I'm being Followed by Clinton Valleyn.
      • Other book recommended by your supervising Conference/Mission Youth Ministries Director.
  • Demonstrate your leadership skills by doing the following:
    • Develop and conduct three creative worships for children and/or teenagers.
    • Participate in a leadership role with your local church children's/youth group in a Conference sponsored event.
    • Teach three Adventurer Awards or two Pathfinder Honors.
    • Assist in planning and leading a field trip for a group of Adventurers, Pathfinders, or Sabbath school class for children ages 6 to 15.
    • Be an active Adventurer, Pathfinder, or Sabbath school staff member for at least one year and attend at least 75% of all staff meetings.
  • Write goals that you would like to accomplish in your ministry.
  • 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


  • Participate in a personal physical fitness plan by completing one of the following:
    • The physical components of the AY Silver Award. If you already have the AY Silver Award, then move on to the AY Gold Award.
    • A school physical fitness program.
    • 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.

VII. Documentation


  • Compile a portfolio documenting all of your work related to completing the Master Guide curriculum.
Notes

  • 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.
  • It would be advantageous for a Master Guide to have working knowledge of both Adventurers and Pathfinders ministries.
  • Suggested themes, questions and subjects are given in the Master Guide Curriculum Manual.
  • The Steps to Discipleship Personal Spirituality Curriculum can be found here.