Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Stewardship and Pathfinders

As I arrived at the parking lot, I was greeted by Pathfinders dressed 
in their crisp uniforms, directing traffic for a special ground breaking 
service. Working with church and community is a lot of what Pathfinders do.
The camporee in Oshkosh, WI  was the recent focal point on the minds of many Pathfinders.

Sometimes we get the idea that Pathfinders are synonymous with camping 
and fun—indeed, it definitely is that. However, a Pathfinder’s focus is much 
higher, broader, and deeper than just having fun.

Pathfinders is about Adventist youth discovering their world and themselves. 
It’s about youth who immerse themselves in a context of other Christian youth and 
adult leaders who share their love for God. It’s about youth spending time in an 
environment that encourages a lifetime commitment in service to mankind and 
to the Lord Jesus Christ—whether they are having fun camping, working 
on honor badges, marching in a parade, attending a meeting, sitting around 
a campfire, folding a flag, serving in a church service, or any number of 
learning, growing, enjoyable activities. 

Parents who choose to enroll their youth in a Pathfinder Club are taking 
advantage of an opportunity to place them where they can grow to be like 
Christ. It’s about being a good steward of the children entrusted to them. It 
emphasizes the ideal of parents working hand-in-hand with teachers, pastors 
and youth leaders. It is an extension of the home where the Bible is studied 
and Christian virtues are taught, modeled, and practiced. It includes every 
aspect of one’s life: social, physical, mental, and spiritual. It challenges the 
Pathfinder to know Jesus as his or her personal Savior. It encourages them to 
emulate the life of Christ who “increased in wisdom and stature and in favor 
with God and men,” Luke 2:52.

Ellen G. White gives the following encouragement to our Pathfinder program. “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world!”   Education, p. 271. 

By Mitch Hazekamp

Mitch Hazekamp
Mitch Hazekamp

Stewardship/Trust Services Director

706-629-7951 ext 362