Young Adult in Christian Ministries

 

Organization

The Young Adult in Christian Ministries was accepted as the third division of the Christian Education Department at the 1986 Convention on Christian Education (Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina). In 1990, history records YACM as officially organized at the Convention on Christian Education at Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina.

Functions

  • The Young Adult in Christian Ministries shall:
  • Serve as a policy making body for the young adults of the AME Zion Church
  • Cultivate Young Adult membership in the AME Zion Church
  • Promote ecumenical involvement on all levels
  • Make recommendations in those areas which are Young Adult concerns to the 
Connectional Steering Committee
  • Aid Local, District, Conference and Episcopal units of the Young Adults in Christian 
Ministries and other Young Adult organizations
  • Develop workshops and/or seminars that promote the sharing of information on the 
problems and concerns that face young adults in today’s society
  • Provide for the development of leadership skills and abilities among the Young Adults of 
the denomination. Also, to challenge their involvement in the total ministry of the church

Purpose

To encourage and motivate young adults to maintain committed lives to Christ and practice Christian principles. Provide an atmosphere in which young adults can develop and demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities to the furthering of Christian Education within and throughout the Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Short Term Goals

To develop workshops, seminars, task forces, revivals, retreats, panel discussions and activities that will enrich both the social and spiritual lives of young adults.​

Commitees

All members of YACM are encouraged to serve on a committee to assist the Connectional Officers with planning and executing initiatives that will be beneficial to the members throughout the church.

BUDGET

The Budget Committee is responsible for developing and monitoring the financial concerns and responsibilities of the organization.

EDUCATION/SCHOLARSHIPS

The Education/Scholarship Committee is responsible for identifying methods to encourage academic education and workforce development among young adults to develop a process and procedure to award scholarships and micro grants.

HEALTH INITIATIVES

The Health Initiatives Committee is responsible for providing information for members that will encourage a healthy lifestyle.

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

The International Outreach Committee is responsible for making and maintaining contacts with young adults outside of the continental United States with the intention of finding strategies to include them in the planning and leadership of YACM.

MENTORING

The Mentoring Committee is responsible for establishing a process and procedure for mentoring on the following levels – ViCYC/YACM, YACM1/YACM2, YACM/ACE.

MEMBERSHIP

The Membership Committee is responsible for determining the status of each member as well as ways to attract new members.

PRAYER CALL

The Prayer Cell Committee is responsible for creating programs that enhance the prayer life of young adults throughout the Connection.

PROGRAM

The Program Committee is responsible for planning and scheduling events that enhance growth and development within the organization.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for communicating the policies and actions of the organization to the public at large as well as promoting and marketing ministry to young adults within and outside of Zion.

RED AND GOLD

The Red and Gold Committee is responsible for developing social and community service activities.

SOCIAL ACTION

The Social Action Committee is responsible for presenting an organized response on behalf of the Steering Committee and developing practical means for young adults to engage in initiatives related to the political process and social justice.

Membership

The Young Adults in Christian Ministries shall be composed of all young adults between the ages of 22 and 40 in the AME Zion denomination. However, allowances will be made on all levels for those whose life circumstances dictate a younger age that they are no longer youths. Memberships can be purchased online at http://mkt.com/yacmamez

Colors

Red

Symbolizes power and the redemptive work of the blood of Jesus. It is also the color used consistently by all divisions of the Christian Education Department.

Gold

Symbolizes royalty. We are a chosen people and part of a royal priesthood.

Description

Diamond is a jewel symbolizing Jesus, the (priceless) jewel, who is our Savior and Lord. The diamond is “superimposed” upon the cross, which is a symbol that Christ is our foundation. The Cross is a symbol of Calvary where Jesus bled and died for our salvation. The Cross bridges us to our precious jewel of salvation – Jesus – and the open cross represents the “Victory” of salvation. The colors are Red (cross), Gold (Jewel) and Black (lettering).

Theme Song

“Pass It On”

It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing That’s how it with God’s love;
Once you’ve experience it
You spread His love to everyone;
You want to pass it on.

What a wondrous time is spring, When all the trees are budding, The birds begin to sing
The flowers start their blooming; That’s how it is with God’s love, Once you’ve experienced it

You want to sing, it’s fresh like spring, You want to pass it on.

I wish for you, my friend,
This happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him
It matters not where you’re bound; I’ll shout it from the mountaintop
I want my world to know;
The Lord of love has come to me I want to pass it on.

Quadrennial Goal

The goal of the 2018-2022 Connectional Steering Committee is to engage, educate and elevate young adults to achieve holistic balance that will allow them to live beyond the bounds of the secular world and become credible, committed Christian disciples.

Website

Advisors

Rev. Brian Thompson, Sr.

Co-Director, Young Adult Ministry and Advisor to YACM

Rev. Brian Thompson, Sr.

Rev. Felica Thompson

Co-Director, Young Adult Ministry and Advisor to YACM

Rev. Felica Thompson

Ministry Leaders

Rev. Samuel Brown

Chairperson

Rev. Samuel Brown

Mr. Jon Rankins

Vice Chairperson

Mr. Jon Rankins

Ms. Whitney Bronson

Secretary

Ms. Whitney Bronson

Rev. Joseph Robbins

Treasurer

Rev. Joseph Robbins

Bro. Andrew Webber

Chaplain

Bro. Andrew Webber

Rev. Arthur Monroe

Parliamentarian

Rev. Arthur Monroe

Rev. William DeArmond

Member at Large

Rev. William DeArmond

Ms. Xellex Rivera

Eastern Regional Chair

Ms. Xellex Rivera

Rev. LeCounte Nedab

Central Region Chairperson

Rev. LeCounte Nedab

Ms. Brandi Moore

Midwestern Region Chairperson

Ms. Brandi Moore

Bro. Jonathan Moore

South Central Region Chairperson

Bro. Jonathan Moore

Bro. Dion Harris

Southeastern Region Chairperson

Bro. Dion Harris

Ms. Corinthia Hurley

Western Region Chairperson

Ms. Corinthia Hurley