Historic First At NAD 2013 Year End Meetings
Adventist Intercollegiate Association
The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and the Adventist Intercollegiate Association (AIA) combined for an historic first, October 31- November 5, 2013, during the NAD’s annual year-end executive committee meetings in Silver Spring, MD. At the invitation of NAD Education vice-president Larry Blackmer, AIA president Metelleklang Kevin Iyechad, and a contingent of 11 student association executives from most of NAD’s universities, attended the meetings, took notes, and reported back to their hosts on the observations they had made, and conclusions they had drawn about the running, and the future of their church. Other team members and the schools they represented were Barry Howe (Loma Linda), Carl Dupper (Union College), Ivan Ostrovsky Jr. (Pacific Union College), Jonathan Jacobs and Kevin Wilson (Andrews University), Jonathan Pratt (Walla Walla University), Kryzia Abacan and Faith Calaminos (Canadian University College), Marcus Keenan (Southern Adventist University), and Philip Malcolm and Michael McNeill (Washington Adventist University).
When asked for his personal reaction to the church’s current state Iyechad responded with a question: “What do you think is our church’s most valuable resource? It’s untapped potential? It’s greatest asset? It’s strongest weapon? Well, we are out there, and we are waiting to be found, to be acknowledged, to be valued, and to be utilized – just like gold waiting in a mine to be discovered by the miner for the worth we truly are.” Barry Howe, of LLU observed that he and his colleagues “represent the youth of the church, and are a sample of the leaders in the future church. [This is a] huge opportunity. We can bring up certain larger issues in the church like the large number of people leaving the church after graduating; or the decline in the number of student missionaries going overseas. [We] recognize this opportunity to rise above that and the core issues that conflict our church. We could have a grassroots impact.”
The AIA response to the NAD specifically addressed each of the division’s six operating modules during the 2010-2015 quinquennium, and pledged the support of the youth in a spirit of love for God, respect for our leaders, and shared commitment to the mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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