This is one of the most current leadership development programme for youth ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Master Guide is the foundation for youth ministry leadership, then builds two levels of continuing education that will help keep youth leaders sharp.
The Master Guide (MG) curriculum is one of the leadership programmes used to train people for youth leadership. It is the “Ph.D.” of youth ministry in the field. You cannot earn your Master Guide without taking at least one Basic Staff Training (BST) course.
The Master Guide is the expert, the advisor, the promoter for Adventurers and Pathfinders. As such, Master Guide is NOT a Pathfinder programme, it is a Youth Ministry Leadership Programme.
MASTER GUIDE LEADERSHIP
This continues to be the highest level of leadership within the Adventurer/ Pathfinder programmes of the church. It focuses on one’s personal spiritual life and growth first and foremost. General leadership skills are then woven into the sharpening of those skills, which are specifically geared to leading youth in God-ordained areas of development: understanding God’s world of nature, outreach ministry, service to others and a life-style that denotes healthy living.
As one church leader of the past put it so simply: “You can’t teach what you don’t know, and you can’t lead where you won’t go.” As leaders we must not only be good at spouting theory if we expect to see success with our youth ministry; we must live what we preach and demonstrate it.