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  • Date created

    March 1, 2022

  • Last updated

    December 14, 2022

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The Adventist Encounter Curriculum is a journey.  From the small children in Kindergarten, through to the independent, free-thinking teenagers, it takes each individual on an expedition with God.

Jesus commissioned His followers to ‘go, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…’ Matt. 28:19.

This is the primary purpose of the Adventist Encounter Curriculum. Never has there been a greater time in our world’s history to make this the focus of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

As Ellen White shares: ‘Never has there been a time when man has been so responsible to God as he is at the present hour. Never has there been a time when man’s position has been so critical as it is now. All things in nature and in the world at large are charged with intense earnestness.’

In response to this call, the Adventist Encounter Curriculum is a seamless curriculum that is intentional about exploring big-picture, spiritual concepts with the goal of making a difference for eternity. This curriculum uses the four walls of the classroom to help build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ, using the Bible as the source of truth. Through rigorous pedagogical practice, it explores and develops personal spiritual experience and reasons for faith, lifestyle choices, and ethical decision-making from an Adventist worldview, all the while nurturing interpersonal relationships (the essence of a faith-building environment) and service to others. In short, it seeks to develop these disciples of the Great Commission.

Transformation is the goal of the Adventist Encounter Curriculum. Using Pr Ben Maxson’s Spiritual Growth Model, and Lanelle Cobbin’s Transformational Planning
Framework, the Adventist Encounter Curriculum supports teachers in sharing a series of learning experiences with their students where they meet God
through biblical stories and themes, are provided with the opportunity to develop a relationship with Him, are able to put their beliefs into practice in their own lives, and celebrate these realities.

Ultimately, Encounter seeks to obey the Three Angel’s Message of Revelation 14 – a call for people to stand in these last days in a real relationship with God, to be aroused from their apathy and worship our Creator alone. Encounter seeks to build for eternity.

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