Mission Crossroads

SPR 2018

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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Mission Crossroads 17 e Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program cultivates young adults' faith formation. In fact, 79 percent of YAV alums say they attend worship regularly, and 63 percent report additional participation in congregational life. Additionally, YAVs learn leadership skills during their service that continues to shape their lives. Ninety-two percent of YAV alums say their YAV year directly influenced their current vocation, with 32 percent of them going on to ordination and pastoral leadership. How can you support the YAV program? • Request YAV materials. Do you have an event coming up where you would like to help spread the word about the YAV program? Visit youngadultvolunteers.org and click on "Invite Young Adults to Serve" on the right side of the page. Click the link and complete the form under "Have YAV materials available at your events." Allow two or three weeks to receive the materials. Share this information with young adults you know. • Request a YAV staff member or YAV alum to speak at your church. ere are more than 1,700 YAV alums all over the country. To schedule a visit, contact Blake Collins at blake.collins@pcusa.org or 800-728-7223, ext. 5300. • Encourage a young adult to apply. Many YAVs report they heard about the program because someone took the time to talk to them about it. Sit down with a young adult and listen to how they are discerning God's call in their life. Explore with them whether a YAV year could be a part of their discernment journey. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 30 and have a commitment to serving in culturally and religiously diverse contexts. Candidates must be open to exploring and deepening their faith in the context of community. • Read YAV correspondence and pray for their experience and ministry. rough newsletters, blog updates, social media and photographs, volunteers are able to stay in contact with their sending communities, recognizing that the service year is about more than one individual or experience. • Support a YAV. Gathering a community in support — financial and spiritual — is a great way for volunteers to connect their congregations, family and friends to their experience. For more information about the YAV program, visit youngadultvolunteers.org • Intentional Christian Community — A year of service through the YAV program will help you think more critically about your own identity, God's work in the world and your place within it all. You will explore what it means to be in Christian community with one another and your neighbors. Simple Living — You will be challenged to practice simple living — living an abundant life with less. Living simply will challenge you to evaluate your true needs within your lifestyle and beliefs. Cross-Cultural Mission — You will intentionally explore the diversity of God's creation, living and working outside your comfort zone. You will work to confront the systemic challenges of race, class, gender and power, all while learning to examine your life and actions. Leadership Development through Faith in Action — You will grow your leadership skills by serving in communities alongside local people of faith who are responding to poverty, violence and injustice. Vocational Discernment — Through theological reflection and spiritual practices, you will participate in the process of vocational discernment — unearthing God's desire for your life and work. YAV PROGRAM: Supporting young adults' faith formation and leadership development YAV Core Tenets M I S S I O N T O O L K I T | Stephanie Caudill

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