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E.T.C Pathfinder Club

 Enjoy backpacking? Biking? Canoeing? Caving? Camping? Want to be an active young person on an adventure with friends who love Jesus? Then join the ETC Pathfinders Club. Members enjoy club meetings, camping, and many adventures designed to develop Christ-like citizens.

 

Meeting Times
We meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Henderson Convention center

(200 S Water St, Henderson, NV 89015).

Register today
Why wait? It’s free to join. Fill out the applications:

1- Membership Application

2- Health Record

 

Pathfinder Pledge Explanation 
By the grace of God Only as we rely on God to help us can we do His will.
I will be pure I will fill my mind with everything that is right and true and spend my time in activities that will build a strong, clean character.
I will be kind I will be considerate and kind, not only to my fellow man, but also to all of God’s creation.
I will be true. I will be honest and upright in study, work and play and can always be counted upon to do my very best.
I will keep the Pathfinder Law. I will seek to understand the meaning of the Law and will strive to live up to it’s spirit, realizing that obedience to law is essential in any organization
I will be a servant to God I will pledge myself to serve God first, last, and best in everything I am called upon to be or do.
I will be a friend to man. I will live to bless others and do unto them as I would have them do unto me.
 

Pathfinder Law

 

Explanation 

Keep the Morning Watch. I will have prayer and personal bible study each day.
Do my honest part. By the power of God I will help others, and do my duty and my honest share, wherever I may be.
Care for my body I will be temperate in all things and strive to reach a higher standard of physical fitness.
Keep a level eye. I will not lie, cheat or deceive, and will despise dirty talk or evil thinking.
Be courteous and obedient. I will be kind and thoughtful of others, reflecting the love of Jesus in all my association with others.
Walk softly in the sanctuary. In any devotional exercise I will be quiet, careful and reverent.
Keep a song in my heart I will be cheerful and happy and let the influence of my life be as sunshine to others.
Go on God’s errands. I will always be ready to share my faith and go about doing good as Jesus did.

 

Pathfinder Song

Oh, we are the Pathfinder Strong,
The servants of God are we
Faithful as we march along,
In kindness, truth, and purity
A Message to tell to the world
A truth that will set us free!
King Jesus the Savior’s coming back
For you, and me!

Pathfinders offer a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:
  • Camping & camping/survival skills
  • Grade appropriate leadership training
  • Activities promoting community pride & involvement through outreach activities such as helping in downtown soup kitchens, collecting food for the disadvantaged, cleaning & maintaining city and county parks, visiting and encouraging the elderly, and MANY more
  • Interactive training in a variety of recreational, artistic, nature, conservation, vocational, and outreach areas, with awards (honors) given for successful completion of the interactive training modules
  • Personal care and encouragement by a caring staff member!
Intent:
  • “Encourage Pathfinders to discover their God-given potential and use their gifts and skills to meet the expectations of the plan of salvation”;
  • “Inspire them to give personal expression of their love for God, uniting with other youth in various extension activities”;
  • “Becoming number one priority club program the personal salvation of every Pathfinder”;
  • “Building on the groundbreaking appreciation for a healthy life (enjoy outdoor activities) and cultivate in them a love for God’s creation”;
  • “Teach the groundbreaking immersive and interactive skills in order to make the time and talents of the most significant youth”;
  • He should “encourage the Pathfinder to keep physically fit, and teaches them to take care of your body and establish habits that will give your health benefits”;[21]
  • “Provide opportunities for development of leadership by encouraging club members working together and sharing the responsibilities of leadership.”;
  • “And aim to promote the harmonious development of pathfinder, taking care of all necessary aspects, be they physical, social, intellectual and spiritual.”

 

Adventurer Pledge
Because Jesus loves me, I will always do my best.
Adventurer Law
Jesus can help me to:

  • Be obedient
  • Be pure
  • Be true
  • Be kind
  • Be respectful
  • Be attentive
  • Be helpful
  • Be cheerful
  • Be thoughtful
  • Be reverent

 

The Adventurer program is designed for the younger kids from Pre-K (age 4) until fourth grade (age 9).

The Mission of the Adventurer Club ministry is to serve the children and their parents or guardians and assist Adventurer families in growing as followers of Jesus.

The curriculum takes the goals of the Adventurer program – that children will commit their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ and that they will acquire the habits, skills, and knowledge to live for Jesus today – and turns them into fun and practical activities that Adventurers will enjoy.

The Little Lamb level is for pre-kindergarten or 4 year olds.

Little Lamb logo

BASIC

  1. Recite the Adventurer Pledge.
  2. Sing “Jesus is My Shepherd.

MY GOD

  1. Complete three or more of the following
    a. Sing a song about Jesus.
    b. Listen to a story about Jesus.
    c. Say three things you’ve learned about Jesus.
    d. Make a craft about Jesus.
    e. Complete an activity about Jesus.
  2. Complete the Wooly Lamb Star
  3. Complete the Little Boy Jesus Star

MY SELF

  1. Complete three or more of the following:
    a. Sing a song about the body.
    b. Listen to a story about the body.
    c. Say three things you’ve learned about bodies.
    d. Make a craft about bodies.
    e. Complete an activity about bodies.
  2. Complete the Sharing Star
  3. Complete the Healthy Foods Star

MY FAMILY

  1. Complete three or more of the following:
    a. Sing a song about families.
    b. Listen to a story about families.
    c. Say three things you’ve learned about families.
    d. Make a craft about families.
    e. Complete an activity about families.
  2. Complete the Special Helper star
  3. Complete the Healthy Me star

MY WORLD

  1. Complete three or more of the following:
    a. Sing a song about creation.
    b. Listen to a story about creation.
    c. Say three things you’ve learned about creation.
    d. Make a craft about creation.
    e. Complete an activity about creation.
  2. Complete the My Friend Jesus star.
  3. Complete the Community Helpers star.
The Eager Beaver level is for kindergarten or 5 year olds.

BASIC

  1. Recite the Adventurer Pledge.
  2. Recite your country’s Pledge of Allegiance or national anthem.
  3. Pray independently.

MY GOD

  1. Say the fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
  2. Complete the Beavers chip.
  3. Complete the Bible Friends chip.
  4. Complete the God’s World chip.

MY SELF

  1. Complete the Alphabet Fun chip.
  2. Complete the Manners Fun chip.
  3. Complete the Know Your Body chip

MY FAMILY

  1. Say the fifth commandment: “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).
  2. Complete the Fire Safety chip.
  3. Complete the Helping at Home chip.
  4. Complete the Pets chip or Toys chip.

MY WORLD

  1. Complete the My Community Friends chip.
  2. Complete the Playing with Friends chip.
  3. Complete the Scavenger Hunt chip.
The Busy Bee level is for first-grade.

BASIC 

I. Recite and accept the Adventurer Pledge

II. Complete the Busy Bee Reading award

MY GOD

I.  God’s Plan to Save Me
A.Create a story chart or lapbook showing the order in which these events took place:
•Creation
•The first sin
•Jesus cares for me today
•Jesus comes again
•Heaven
OR the Bible stories you are studying in school or Sabbath School.
B.Use your story chart or lapbook to show someone how much Jesus cares for you.
II.  God’s Message to Me
Complete the Bible I award.
III.  God’s Power in My Life
A.Spend regular quiet time with Jesus to talk with Him and learn about Him.
B.Ask three people why they pray

MY SELF

I.  I Am Special
Participate in an activity or make a craft showing different people who care for you.
II.  I Can Make Wise Choices
Name at least four different feelings. Participate in an activity or make a craft showing different feelings.
III.  I Can Care for My Body

MY FAMILY

I.  I Have a Family
Show or explain what you like about each family member.
II.  Family Members Care for Each Other
A.  Discover what the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:12) tells you about families.
B.  Act out three ways you can honor your family.
III.  My Family Helps Me Care for Myself

MY WORLD

I.The World of Friends
Tell how you can be a good friend.
Use:
•Puppets
•Role playing
•Your choice
II.The World of Other People
A.Discuss the work people do for your church.
B.Learn about one job by helping the person do it.
III.The World of Nature
The Sunbeam level is for second-grade.

BASIC 

  1. Recite and accept the Adventurer Law.
  2. Complete the Sunbeam Reading award.

MY GOD

  1. God’s Plan To Save Me
    1. Create a story chart showing Jesus’:
      • Birth
      • Life
      • Death
      • Resurrection
        OR the Bible stories you are studying in school or Sabbath School.
    2. Use your story chart or lapbook to show someone the joy of being saved by Jesus
  2. God’s Message To Me
    1. Memorize and explain two Bible verses about being saved by Jesus.
      • Matthew 22:37-39
      • 1 John 1:9
      • Isaiah 1:18
      • Romans 6:23
      • Your choice
    2. Name the two major parts of the Bible and name the four gospels.
    3. Complete the Friend of Jesus Award.
  3. God’s Power in My Life
    1. Spend a regular quiet time with Jesus to talk with Him and learn about Him.
    2. Ask three people why they study the Bible.

MY SELF

  1. I Am Special
    Make a tracing of yourself. Decorate it with pictures and words which tell good things about you.
  2. I Can Make Wise Choices
    Participate in an activity about choices.
  3. I Can Care For My Body
    Complete the Fitness Fun Award.

MY FAMILY

  1. I Have A Family
    Create a family collage, scrapbook, crest, or coat of arms
  2. Families Care For Each Other
    Show how Jesus can help you deal with disagreements. Use:

    • Puppets
    • Role playing
    • Your choice
  3. My Family Helps Me Care For Myself
    Complete the Road Safety Award.

MY WORLD

  1. The World of Friends
    Complete the Courtesy Award.
  2. The World of Other People
    1. Explore your neighborhood. List things that are good and things you could help make better.
    2. From your list, choose ways and spend time making your neighborhood better.
  3. The World of Nature
    Complete the Friend of Nature Award.
The Builder level is for third-grade.

BASIC

  1. Recite the Adventurer Pledge and Law
  2. Explain the Pledge
  3. Complete the Builder Reading award.

MY GOD

  1. God’s Plan To Save Me
    1. Create a story chart or lapbook showing the order in which these stories took place:
      • Paul—The disciples share Jesus’ love
      • Martin Luther–Gods church obeys
      • Ellen White–God’s church prepares for His coming
      • Yourself–I get ready to meet Jesus
    2. Use your story chart or lapbook to show someone how to give their life to Jesus.
  2. God’s  Message To Me

    1. Find, memorize, and explain three Bible verses about giving your life to Jesus:
      • Acts 16:31
      • John 1:12
      • Galatians 3:26
      • 2 Corinthians 5:17
      • Psalm 51:10
      • Your choice
    2. Name the books of the New Testament
  1. God’s Power in My Life
    1. Spend a regular quiet time with Jesus to talk with Him and learn about Him.
    2. Complete the Prayer award.

MY SELF

  1. I Am Special
    Put together a scrapbook, poster, or collage, showing some things you can do to serve God and others.
  2. I Can Make Wise Choices
    1. Complete the Media Critic Award.
    2. Participate in an activity that shows the results of good and bad descisions
  3. I Can Care For My Body
    Complete the Temperance Award.

MY FAMILY

  1. I Have A Family
    1. Create a family flag or banner or make a collage of stories and/or photographs about your family.
    2. Find a story in the Bible about a family that changed.
  2. Families Care For Each Other
    Play a game by having each family member show appreciation to each of the other members of the family.
  3. My Family Helps Me Care For Myself
    Complete the Wise Steward Award.

MY WORLD

  1. The World of Friends
    1. Make friends with a person of another culture or generation, or someone who has a disability.
    2. Invite that person to a family or church event.
  2. The World of Other People
    1. Know and explain your national anthem and flag.
    2. Name your country’s capital, and the leader of your country.
  3. The World of Nature
    Complete an Award for nature, not previously earned.
The Helping Hand level is for fourth-graders.

BASIC

  1. Recite the Adventurer Pledge and Law
  2. Explain the Law
  3. Complete the Helping Hand Reading award.

MY GOD

  1. God’s Plan To Save Me
    1. Create a story chart or lapbook showing the order in which these stories took place:
      • Noah–Water cleans the earth
      • Abraham–God calls a people
      • Moses–a promised land for God’s people
      • David–God works with His people
      • Daniel–God’s people disobey
    2. Use your story chart or lapbook to show someone how to live for God.
  2. God’s Message to Me
    Complete the Bible II award
  3. God’s Power in My Life 
    1. Spend regular quiet time with Jesus to talk with Him and learn about Him. Journal your time by writing, drawing, or recording a video.
    2. With an adult, choose one thing in your life which Jesus has promised to help you improve. With His help, pray, plan, and work together to reach your goal.

MY SELF

  1. I Am Special 
    1. List some special interests and abilities God has given you.
    2. Share your talents using one of the following:
      • Talent show
      • Show and tell
  2. I Can Make Wise Choices  
    1. Learn the steps of good decision-making.
    2. Use them to solve two real-life problems.
  3. I Can Care For My Body 
    1. Complete the Hygiene Award.

MY FAMILY

  1. I Have A Family 
    Make a scrapbook or picture book about your family history.
  2. Family Members Care For Each Other
    Help plan a special family worship, family night, or family outing.
  3. My Family Helps Me Care For Myself
    Complete a level 3 or 4 award not previously earned.

MY WORLD

  1. The World of Friends  
    Complete the Caring Friend award.
  2. The World of Other People
    Complete the Country Fun award.
  3. The World of Nature
    Earn the Environmentalist award.

 

The Pathfinder program is designed for young people from 10 years old and above.

Aim: The Advent Message to All the World in My Generation

Explanation:  My relationship to Jesus Christ is of such a nature that it compels me to share with any who will receive it, the gospel—the good news of His soon return.

 

Motto: The Love of Christ Compels Me

Explanation: I am drawn to Him by His exemplary life, the symbolic act of His crucifixion, His conquering resurrection, and His promise of an earth made new in the pattern of the original creation.  The closer I find myself to Him, the closer I find myself identifying with the needs of my fellow human beings.

 

Be in Grade 5 or its equivalent.

The Friend level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the fifth grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

For this week,
A- Memorize the following bible verses: Luke 2:52; John 10:10; John 3:16; Psalms 107:1; Proverbs 6:6; Psalm 23; Mark 1:35;
B- Memorize in order the names of the Old Testament books of the Bible and know the five areas into which the books are grouped.

Friend curriculum

Be in Grade 6 or its equivalent. The Companion level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the sixth grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

For this week,
A- Memorize the following bible verses: Matthew 6:6; Acts 2:38; 1 Samuel 15:22; Luke 19:10; Isaiah 1:18; Psalm 37:3; Psalm 119:11;

B- Memorize in order the names of the New Testament books of the Bible and know the four areas into which the books are grouped.

Companion curriculum

Be in Grade 7 or its equivalent. The Explorer level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the seventh grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

For this week,
A- Memorize the following bible verses: Psalm 5:3; Acts 1:9-11; Colossians 3:23; Proverbs 28:13; Proverbs 19:19; James 4:7; 1 Kings 18:21;

B- Memorize in order the names of the books of the Bible.

Explorer curriculum

Be in Grade 8 or its equivalent. The Explorer level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the seventh grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

For this week,
A- Memorize the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20:3-17
B- Read The Pathfinder Story.

Pathfinder History (short version)

The first Pathfinder Club of record was in Anaheim, California directed by John McKim and Willa Steen. This club began in the late 1920’s and ran through the 1930’s. In 1944 McKim died and the Steens had moved. In 1930 Lester and Ione Martin with co-directors Theron & Ethel Johnston began a club in Santa Ana, California. Both of these first clubs were in the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and encouraged by Youth Director Elder Guy Mann and his associate Laurance A. Skinner. For several years there were no clubs of record.

In 1946 John H. Hancock, then the youth director for Southeastern California Conference got a club going in Riverside, California. John designed the Pathfinder triangle emblem and got a ministerial student, Francis Hunt to direct the club. Both John and his wife Helen Hancock taught honors.

By 1947-48 Southern California Conference began having Pathfinder clubs – the first at Glendale, with Lawrence Paulson as director. About that same time, the Central California Conference, under the direction of Youth Director Henry T. Bergh, began their Pathfinder program — starting 23 clubs that first year.

Beginning with the God-directed program, called Pathfinder Clubs, in California, the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church adopted the program. It thus, in 1950, became an official worldwide organization of the Adventist church, and grew rapidly.

Pathfinders is now a global ministry affecting nearly two million young people worldwide.

The full Pathfinder story can be found here: long version

Ranger curriculum

Be in Grade 9 or its equivalent. The Explorer level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the seventh grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

For this week,
A- Review the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-Day Adventists
B- Read The Pathfinder Story.

A – Seventh-Day Adventist Fundamental Beliefs

Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church’s understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. Revision of these statements may be expected at a General Conference session when the church is led by the Holy Spirit to a fuller understanding of Bible truth or finds better language in which to express the teachings of God’s Holy Word.

1. The Holy Scriptures:
The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to man the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God’s acts in history. (2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12.)

2. The Trinity:
There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 14:7.)

3. The Father:
God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations of the Father. (Gen. 1:1; Rev. 4:11; 1 Cor. 15:28; John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 Tim.
1:17; Ex. 34:6, 7; John 14:9.)

4. The Son:
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. (John 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:15-19; John 10:30; 14:9; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:9-18; 1 Cor.
15:3, 4; Heb. 8:1, 2; John 14:1-3.)

5. The Holy Spirit:
God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ’s life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads
it into all truth. (Gen. 1:1, 2; Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:11, 12; Acts 1:8; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26, 27; 16:7-13.)

6. Creation:
God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days the Lord made “the heaven and the earth” and all living things upon the earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was “very good,” declaring the glory of God. (Gen. 1; 2; Ex. 20:8-11; Ps. 19:1-6; 33:6, 9; 104; Heb. 11:3.)

7. The Nature of Man:
Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share
this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:7; Ps. 8:4-8; Acts 17:24-28; Gen. 3; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12-17; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; Ps. 51:10; 1 John 4:7, 8, 11, 20; Gen. 2:15.)

8. The Great Controversy:
All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God’s adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin. This human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God in humanity, the disordering of the created world, and its eventual devastation at the time of the worldwide flood. Observed by the whole creation, this world became the arena of the universal conflict, out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated. To assist His people in this controversy, Christ sends the Holy Spirit and the loyal
angels to guide, protect, and sustain them in the way of salvation. (Rev. 12:4-9; Isa. 14:12-14; Eze. 28:12-18; Gen. 3; Rom. 1:19-32; 5:12-21; 8:19-22; Gen. 6-8; 2 Peter 3:6; 1 Cor. 4:9; Heb. 1:14.)

9. The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ:
In Christ’s life of perfect obedience to God’s will, His suffering, death, and resurrection, God provided the only means of atonement for human sin, so that those who by faith accept this atonement may have eternal life, and the whole creation may better understand the infinite and holy love of the Creator. This perfect atonement vindicates the righteousness of God’s law and the graciousness of His character; for it both condemns our sin and provides for our forgiveness. The death of Christ is substitutionary and expiatory, reconciling and transforming. The resurrection of Christ proclaims God’s triumph over the forces of evil, and for those who accept the atonement assures their final victory over sin and death. It declares the Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow. (John 3:16; Isa. 53; 1
Peter 2:21, 22; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4, 20-22; 2 Cor. 5:14, 15, 19-21; Rom. 1:4; 3:25; 4:25; 8:3, 4; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Col. 2:15; Phil. 2:6-11.)
10. The Experience of Salvation:
In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might be made the righteousness of God. Led by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ, as Substitute and Example. This faith which receives salvation comes through the divine power of the Word and is the gift of God’s grace. Through Christ we are justified,
adopted as God’s sons and daughters, and delivered from the lordship of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes God’s law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment. (2 Cor. 5:17-21; John 3:16; Gal. 1:4; 4:4-7; Titus 3:3-7; John 16:8; Gal. 3:13, 14; 1 Peter 2:21, 22;
Rom. 10:17; Luke 17:5; Mark 9:23, 24; Eph. 2:5-10; Rom. 3:21-26; Col. 1:13, 14; Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 3:26; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Rom. 12:2; Heb. 8:7-12; Eze. 36:25-27; 2 Peter 1:3, 4; Rom. 8:1-4; 5:6-10.)

11. Growing in Christ:
By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free
from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in
loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. (Ps 1:1, 2; 23:4; 77:11, 12; Col 1:13, 14; 2:6, 14, 15; Luke 10:17-20; Eph 5:19, 20; 6:12-18; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Peter 2:9; 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:17, 18; Phil 3:7-14; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Matt 20:25-28; John 20:21; Gal 5:22-25; Rom 8:38, 39; 1 John 4:4; Heb 10:25.)

12. The Church:
The church is the community of believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. In continuity with the people of God in Old Testament times, we are called out from the world; and we join together for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, for service to all mankind, and for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. The church derives its authority from Christ, who is the incarnate Word, and from the
Scriptures, which are the written Word. The church is God’s family; adopted by Him as children, its members live on the basis of the new covenant. The church is the body of Christ, a community of faith of which Christ Himself is the Head. The church is the bride for whom Christ died that He might sanctify and cleanse her. At His return in triumph, He will present her to Himself a glorious church, the faithful of all the ages, the purchase of His blood, not having spot or wrinkle, but holy and without blemish. (Gen. 12:3; Acts 7:38; Eph. 4:11-15; 3:8-11; Matt. 28:19, 20; 16:13-20; 18:18; Eph. 2:19-22; 1:22, 23; 5:23-27; Col. 1:17, 18.)

13. The Remnant and Its Mission:
The universal church is composed of all who truly believe in Christ, but in the last days, a time of widespread apostasy, a remnant has been called out to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This remnant announces the arrival of the judgment hour, proclaims salvation through Christ, and heralds the approach of His second advent. This proclamation is symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14; it coincides with the work of judgment in heaven and results in a work of repentance and reform on earth. Every believer is called to have a personal part in this worldwide witness. (Rev. 12:17; 14:6-12; 18:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:10; Jude 3, 14; 1 Peter 1:16-19; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Rev. 21:1-14.)

14. Unity in the Body of Christ:
The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children. (Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Matt. 28:19, 20; Ps. 133:1; 2 Cor. 5:16, 17; Acts 17:26, 27; Gal. 3:27, 29; Col. 3:10-15; Eph. 4:14-16; 4:1-6; John 17:20-23.)

15. Baptism:
By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit. It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings. (Rom. 6:1-6; Col. 2:12, 13; Acts 16:30-33; 22:16; 2:38; Matt. 28:19, 20.)

16. The Lord’s Supper:
The Lord’s Supper is a participation in the emblems of the body and blood of Jesus as an expression of faith in Him, our Lord and Saviour. In this experience of communion Christ is present to meet and strengthen His people. As we partake, we joyfully proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again. Preparation for the Supper includes self-examination, repentance, and confession. The Master ordained the service of foot washing to signify renewed cleansing, to express a willingness to serve one another in Christlike humility, and to unite our hearts in love. The communion service is open to all believing Christians. (1 Cor. 10:16, 17; 11:23-30; Matt. 26:17-30; Rev. 3:20; John 6:48-63; 13:1-17.)

17. Spiritual Gifts and Ministries:
God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts which each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity. Given by the agency of the Holy Spirit, who apportions to each member as He wills, the gifts provide all abilities and ministries needed by the church to fulfill its divinely ordained functions. According to the Scriptures, these gifts include such ministries as faith, healing, prophecy, proclamation,
teaching, administration, reconciliation, compassion, and self-sacrificing service and charity for the help and encouragement of people. Some members are called of God and endowed by the Spirit for functions recognized by the church in pastoral, evangelistic, apostolic, and teaching ministries particularly needed to equip the members for service, to build up the church to spiritual maturity, and to foster unity of the faith and knowledge of God. When members
employ these spiritual gifts as faithful stewards of God’s varied grace, the church is protected from the destructive influence of false doctrine, grows with a growth that is from God, and is built up in faith and love. (Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:9-11, 27, 28; Eph. 4:8, 11-16; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10, 11.)

18. The Gift of Prophecy:
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White . As the Lord’s messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)

19. The Law of God:
The great principles of God’s law are embodied in the Ten Commandments and exemplified in the life of Christ. They express God’s love, will, and purposes concerning human conduct and relationships and are binding upon all people in every age. These precepts are the basis of God’s covenant with His people and the standard in God’s judgment. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit they point out sin and awaken a sense of need for a Saviour. Salvation is all of
grace and not of works, but its fruitage is obedience to the Commandments. This obedience develops Christian character and results in a sense of well-being. It is an evidence of our love for the Lord and our concern for our fellow men. The obedience of faith demonstrates the power of Christ to transform lives, and therefore strengthens Christian witness. (Ex. 20:1-17; Ps. 40:7, 8; Matt. 22:36-40; Deut. 28:1-14; Matt. 5:17-20; Heb. 8:8-10; John 15:7-10; Eph.
2:8-10; 1 John 5:3; Rom. 8:3, 4; Ps. 19:7-14.)

20. The Sabbath:
The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom. The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts. (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Eze. 20:12, 20; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32; Mark 1:32.)

21. Stewardship:
We are God’s stewards, entrusted by Him with time and opportunities, abilities and possessions, and the blessings of the earth and its resources. We are responsible to Him for their proper use. We acknowledge God’s ownership by faithful service to Him and our fellow men, and by returning tithes and giving offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and the support and growth of His church. Stewardship is a privilege given to us by God for nurture in love and the victory over selfishness and covetousness. The steward rejoices in the blessings that come to others as a result of his faithfulness. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 1 Chron. 29:14; Haggai 1:3-11; Mal. 3:8-12; 1 Cor. 9:9-14; Matt. 23:23; 2 Cor. 8:1-15; Rom. 15:26, 27.)

22. Christian Behavior:
We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with the principles of heaven. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our wholesomeness, joy, and goodness. (Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 John 2:6; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 4:8; 2 Cor. 10:5; 6:14-7:1; 1 Peter 3:1-4; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 10:31; Lev. 11:1-47; 3 John 2.)

23. Marriage and the Family:
Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the
fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, marriage partners who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit and the nurture of the church. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity. Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord. By their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving disciplinarian, ever tender and caring, who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God. Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message. (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:3-9; John 2:1-11; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:21-33; Matt. 5:31, 32; Mark 10:11, 12; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:10, 11; Ex. 20:12; Eph. 6:1-4; Deut. 6:5-9; Prov. 22:6; Mal. 4:5, 6.)

24. Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary:
There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man. In it Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at the time of His ascension. In 1844, at the end of the prophetic period of 2300 days, He entered the second and last phase of His atoning ministry. It is a work of investigative judgment which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent. (Heb. 8:1-5; 4:14-16; 9:11-28; 10:19-22; 1:3; 2:16, 17; Dan. 7:9-27; 8:13, 14; 9:24-27; Num. 14:34; Eze. 4:6; Lev. 16; Rev. 14:6, 7; 20:12; 14:12; 22:12.)

25. The Second Coming of Christ:
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Saviour’s coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ’s coming is imminent. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times. (Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:43, 44; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; 19:11-21; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6.)

26. Death and Resurrection:
The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later. (Rom. 6:23; 1 Tim. 6:15, 16; Eccl. 9:5, 6; Ps. 146:3, 4; John 11:11-14; Col. 3:4; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; John 5:28, 29; Rev. 20:1-10.)

27. The Millennium and the End of Sin:
The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged; the earth will be utterly desolate, without living human inhabitants, but occupied by Satan and his angels. At its close Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be resurrected, and with Satan and his angels will surround the city; but fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners forever. (Rev. 20; 1 Cor. 6:2, 3; Jer. 4:23-26; Rev. 21:1-5; Mal. 4:1; Eze. 28:18, 19.)

28. The New Earth:
On the new earth, in which righteousness dwells, God will provide an eternal home for the redeemed and a perfect environment for everlasting life, love, joy, and learning in His presence. For here God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will have passed away. The great controversy will be ended, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love; and He shall reign forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:13; Isa. 35; 65:17-25; Matt. 5:5; Rev. 21:1-7; 22:1-5; 11:15.)

Pathfinder History (short version)

The first Pathfinder Club of record was in Anaheim, California directed by John McKim and Willa Steen. This club began in the late 1920’s and ran through the 1930’s. In 1944 McKim died and the Steens had moved. In 1930 Lester and Ione Martin with co-directors Theron & Ethel Johnston began a club in Santa Ana, California. Both of these first clubs were in the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and encouraged by Youth Director Elder Guy Mann and his associate Laurance A. Skinner. For several years there were no clubs of record.

In 1946 John H. Hancock, then the youth director for Southeastern California Conference got a club going in Riverside, California. John designed the Pathfinder triangle emblem and got a ministerial student, Francis Hunt to direct the club. Both John and his wife Helen Hancock taught honors.

By 1947-48 Southern California Conference began having Pathfinder clubs – the first at Glendale, with Lawrence Paulson as director. About that same time, the Central California Conference, under the direction of Youth Director Henry T. Bergh, began their Pathfinder program — starting 23 clubs that first year.

Beginning with the God-directed program, called Pathfinder Clubs, in California, the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church adopted the program. It thus, in 1950, became an official worldwide organization of the Adventist church, and grew rapidly.

Pathfinders is now a global ministry affecting nearly two million young people worldwide.

The full Pathfinder story can be found here: long version

Voyager curriculum

Be in Grade 10 or its equivalent. The Explorer level has been designed to be within reach of a person in the seventh grade or higher. It should be challenging, yet achievable for a child at this point in his or her formal education.

For this week,
A- Read and discuss the following Bible teachings: Second Coming of Christ, Seventh-day Sabbath, state of the dead, Law & Grace, Conversion, Judgment, Inspiration of the Bible, Spirit of Prophecy, The saint’s reward;

B- Tell a story of a church pioneer to a group.

Bible Teaching Texts

Second Coming of Christ: Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:43-44; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Thess. 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; Rev. 19:11-21; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6

Seventh Day Sabbath: Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5-6; Isa. 58:13-14; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Eze. 20:12, 20; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32; Mark 1:32

State of Dead: Rom. 6:23; 1 Tim. 6:15-16; Eccl. 9:5-6; Ps. 146:3-4; John 11:11-14; Col. 3:4; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; John 5:28, 29; Rev. 20:1-10

Law and Grace: Ex. 20:1-17; Ps. 40:7-8; Matt. 22:36-40; Deut. 28:1-14; Matt. 5:17-20; Heb. 8:8-10; John 15:7-10; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 John 5:3; Rom. 8:3-4; Ps. 19:7-14

Conversion: Rom. 12:1-2; 1 John 2:6; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 4:8; 2 Cor. 10:5; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 1 Peter 3:1-4; 1 Cor.
6:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:31; Lev. 11:1-47; 3 John 2

Judgement: Rev. 20; 1 Cor. 6:2-3; Jer. 4:23-26; Rev. 21:1-5; Mal. 4:1; Eze. 28:18-19

Inspiration of the Bible: 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5-6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12

Spirit of Prophecy: Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; Rev. 19:10

The Saint’s Reward: 2 Peter 3:13; Isa. 35; Isa. 65:17-25; Matt. 5:5; Rev. 21:1-7; Rev. 22:1-5; Rev. 11:15

Seventh-day Adventist Church Pioneers

Read about the pioneers here.

Guide curriculum