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PASSIONATELY PURSUING JESUS


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PASSIONATELY PURSUING JESUS


 

WE WANT YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE FULLEST LIFE POSSIBLE IN JESUS, WHILE LIVING OUT THE CALLING HE HAS FOR YOU.

A LEADERSHIP NETWORK

OREGON CONFERENCE YOUNG ADULTS IS A GROWING NETWORK OF LEADERS, YOUNG AND OLD, USING THEIR ENERGIES AND INFLUENCE TO LOVE TODAY'S YOUNG ADULT GENERATION BETTER.

Driven by mission

WE EXIST TO INSPIRE YOUNG ADULTS TO BECOME COMMITTED FOLLOWERS OF JESUS AND LEADERS FOR HIS CAUSE.

 
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EVENTS WITH PURPOSE


EVENTS WITH PURPOSE


WORSHIP

JESUS ALL.

OUR TEAM IS EXCITED TO BE LAUNCHING A NUMBER OF WORSHIP GATHERINGS IN 2017.  THE FOCUS WILL BE JESUS IN MUSIC, WORD, AND CONNECTION. THE FIRST "NOW" WORSHIP GATHERING WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 AT THE HOLDEN CENTER IN GLADSTONE, OR.

 

COMMUNITY

LIFE TOGETHER.

EVERY EVENT COMING UP IN 2017 WILL BE DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN AND GROW OUR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY.  WE WERE CREATED TO DO LIFE TOGETHER, AND WE WANT TO MODEL LIVE THAT TOGETHER. PLAN ON JOINING US FOR OUR WINTER YOUNG ADULT RETREAT COMING UP JANUARY 20-22 AT BIG LAKE YOUNG CAMP.

LEADERSHIP

EXPANDING INFLUENCE.

CONSISTENT WITH OUR MISSION WE WANT TO INSPIRE YOUNG ADULTS TO BECOME LEADERS FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST. THIS WILL BE DONE THROUGH TRAINING EVENTS AND EMPOWERING YOUNG ADULTS TO LEAD, PLAN, AND RUN EVERY EVENT WE DO IN 2017.  JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH.

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I AM NEW HERE


WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HELP GET YOU CONNECTED

I AM NEW HERE


WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO HELP GET YOU CONNECTED

DID YOU JUST MOVE TO OREGON OR SOUTHERN WASHINGTON? ARE YOU ATTENDING ONE OF OUR MANY STATE OR PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES? HAVE YOU LIVED HERE YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND ARE CONSIDERING GETTING MORE INVOLVED WITH CHURCH OR MINISTRY? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY THAT IS JESUS CENTERED, LOVING, EXCEPTING, AND SERVICE DRIVEN? DID YOU STUMBLE ACROSS THIS SITE ON A RANDOM SEARCH AND AM WONDERING WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT?

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LOVING BETTER ISN'T COMPLICATED


ARTICLE BY MAKENZIE THOMPSON

LOVING BETTER ISN'T COMPLICATED


ARTICLE BY MAKENZIE THOMPSON

GIRLS DIRECTOR BIG LAKE YOUTH CAMP SUMMER 2016

GIRLS DIRECTOR BIG LAKE YOUTH CAMP SUMMER 2016

The June mountain air was charged with a contagious energy of enthusiasm and anticipation as one hundred young adults filled the carpeted upstairs lounge of Big Lake Youth Camp’s (BLYC) lodge. Introductions were made of veteran and new staff alike. From where I sat elbow to elbow with fellow staff for what would be my eighth summer of youth camp work in Central Oregon, my soul was filled with the same sort of anticipation as I had when I first stood in the Sunday registration line as a twelve year-old camper signing up for sailing class.

As introductions were being made, a deep southern accent boomed from the corner of the lounge, “Hi, my name is Benjamin Lundquist and I am here for you, staff, this summer. To be a friend, to listen, to pray for you. My job is to simply be here for you!” And as the summer progressed during early morning water ski runs, daily worships, burrito nights with staff, even through the loss of a staff member, Lundquist and his family became a source of refreshment and comfort for our camp family of college-age adults who desperately needed a warm hug amidst days of grieving the loss of a friend. They provided advice on what it means to minister to campers who come from broken homes.

The idea of having a pastor at camp whose role was to solely support the staff was a welcomed addition to Big Lake’s ministry. Lundquist not only embodied a new role at camp that was so desperately needed, but with his wide smile that crinkled the corners of his eyes, his southern charm, and his overflowing personality of positivity, he became a valued and needed member of our camp family. His investment in simply giving his time and energy to be available to staff was a gift that kept on giving throughout the summer as relationships were formed between staff and himself. Lundquist’s presence and encouragement painted a bigger picture of belonging and the feeling that someone believed in us as young adult leaders in Oregon.

Benjamin Lundquist along with his wife Kimberly and their two children moved to Oregon in June, to not only support the staff at BLYC, but to love the young adult generation of Oregon better, a movement that has long been on the hearts of those working in the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist’s Youth Department. What kept Ben awake at night while pastoring at the Camelback SDA Church in Arizona and while completing his masters program at Andrews University, was the young adult puzzle in the SDA church. Ben established the first Young Adult designated department in the Arizona Conference and was soon invited by the Conference leaders to do the same in Oregon.

Now, the Oregon Conference has devoted an entire department to Young Adult Ministry (OCYAM) with Benjamin Lundquist as their prayerfully considered leader. The purpose behind the OCYAM is to be “a growing network of leaders using their energies and influence to love young adults better,” explains Lundquist. The aim for this ministry isn’t meant to be complicated, it is meant to empower and encourage young adults in their journey to discover their own unique calling in life and Lundquist believes the local church can become a safe place to do this.

Looking forward at the role of local churches in loving young adults better, Lundquist is convinced it’s not something “that we need to do, it’s something we must do!” The mission of OCYAM is to inspire young adults to become committed followers of Jesus and leaders for his cause.

Loving young adults better for Benjamin Lundquist means he looks at YAs as partners in ministry and values the time he spends with them. Whether this means listening while on a chairlift at Mt. Hood, buying burritos for the staff at BLYC, planning a vision night to listen to the hopes and dreams of young adults, Lundquist hopes the young adults of Oregon feel loved, heard, and fully supported as they launch into a life of mission and calling.

As a young adult who has grown up in the Oregon Conference, not only did I feel excitement for the summer of 2016 that morning at  BLYC, but I also felt hope ignite the future of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Oregon as I experienced three months of the Lunquist family actively loving my friends and I throughout the summer. Loving better isn’t complicated. Loving better is laughing over funny stories at the picnic table, bringing Taco Bell burritos after a long day, sitting in the hard places of grief, and playing softball with other staff. But, most of all loving better looks a lot like being a friend.