Young Adults League
MISSION AND GOAL OF YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
The mission of young adult ministry is to lead all persons to the fullness of the Faith and likeness of God. Young adults must be integrated into the active life of the Orthodox Church on all levels, Parish, Diocesan and Archdiocesan. They, also, must be dedicated to serving the church, and itsmission and ministries. The Young Adult Ministry is a parish-based organization with Archdiocesan,Diocesan, and Parish organizational structures, which provide and promote opportunities for Orthodox young adults to grow and live in Christ through a balance of:
WHO IT SERVES
Young Adult Ministry is the ministry to young adults of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 18-35 years in age. Since it is a ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition, and Life. Furthermore, because there appearsto be two distinct age groups within this group, the college-aged group (18-25) and the career-aged group (25-35), this ministry should minister to all young adults as they transition through their different life stages.
YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
The objective of all young adult ministry is to cultivate and educate our young adults to help them become more active members of the body of Christ. There is no need for a young adult ministry to be a social club. This fellowship is already provided for in so many other places. Of course, there will always be a fellowship dimension to the ministry. However, young adult ministry must focus itself on the spiritual needs of young adults. The fellowship will follow naturally.
PRAYER FOR YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Lord, as we struggle for meaning and purpose in life,guide us with Your helping hand.Teach us to be aware of God's abiding love,and stir our concern for our fellow man.We commit to You our lives in the spirit of dedication and obedienceso that we may be spiritually renewedthrough the teaching of our Faith and the guidance of the GreekOrthodox Church.For You are the God that loves mankind and to You we ascribe Gloryto the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the agesof ages. Amen.
O, First Martyr and Apostle of Christ, you fought the good fight. You exposed the perversion of the persecutors, for when you were killed by stoning of the hands of the wicked men, you received a crown from the Right Hand on high.
Troparion of St. Stephen
Saint Stephen is the patron saint of young adult ministry. His total commitment to Jesus Christ shines as an example guiding the ministry.
St. Stephen was one of the first Deacons ordained in the church. He actively preached the Gospel of Christ in Jerusalem where he was criticized and persecuted by many Jewish leaders. At a young age, Stephen was chased outside the walls of Jerusalem and was stoned to death. As his persecutors stoned him, he prayed, "Lord do not charge them with this crime," and he took his last breath. Stephen is an example to be followed, an important witness during an age when many Orthodox Christians died for their faith. The witness of Stephen and other martyrs is a challenge which all of us are called to meet. He is commemorated on December 27th.