Master Guide Requirements

The Master Guide Curriculum is primarily intended to train those who wish to be actively involved in Pathfinder or Adventurer ministry in their local church. Its objective is to provide opportunities for participants to develop an awareness of the role of child/youth leadership and become better prepared to accept this role by receiving training to develop you Spiritually, as well as develop Skills, Leadership, and your Fitness Life-style.


This is the full list of all the requirements along with some links to resources to help make this easier.

I. Prerequisites:

    1. 1. Be a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    2. 2. Have a written recommendation from your local church board, stating that the candidate is in regular standing.

    3. 3. Be at least 16 years of age to start the Master Guide Leadership course and at least 18 years of age at completion.

    4. 4. Have a completed Basic Staff Training Certification and been involved for a minimum of one year in one of the following ministries.
               a. Adventurers Ministries
               b. Pathfinders Ministries
               c. Youth Ministries

    * It will be helpful for a Master Guide in training to have exposure to both ministries, Adventurers and Pathfinders.

    II. Spiritual Development:

    1. 1. Read or Listen to the book Steps to Christ or Steps to Christ Youth Edition and submit a one-page response focusing on the benefits of your reading.

    2. 2. Complete the devotional guide “Encounter Series I, Christ the Way”, or complete another year-long Bible reading plan that covers the four Gospels and read the Desire of the Ages or Humble Hero.

    3. 3. Do one of the following:

      •         a) Keep a devotional journal for at least four weeks, summarizing what you learned in your devotional time and outlining how you are growing in your faith.

      •         b) Complete the Steps to Discipleship Personal Spirituality Curriculum.

    4. 4. Earn the Adventurer or Pathfinder Evangelism Award.

    5. 5. Prepare a two paragraph summary on each one of the 28 Fundamental Beliefs

    6. 6. Develop and present four of the following beliefs. Use of creative media is encouraged.

      •          a) Creation

      •          b) The Experience of Salvation

      •          c) Growing in Christ

      •          d) The Remnant and Its Mission

      •          e) Baptism

      •          f) Spiritual Gifts and Ministries

      •          g) The Gift of Prophecy

      •          h) The Sabbath

      •          i) Christ’s Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary

      •          j) The Second Coming of Christ

      •          k) Death and Resurrection

    7. 7. Enhance knowledge of Church Heritage by completing the following:

      •          a) Earn the Adventist Pioneer Heritage Honor.

      •          b) Read a book about SDA youth ministry such as:

      •                   i) The Pathfinder Story

      •                   ii) The Adventurer Story

      •                   iii) Another book that is approved by your conference Youth, Pathfinder or Adventurer Director, or their designated Master Guide representative.

    8. 8. Read a book about church heritage such as:

    9.          a) Anticipating the Advent by George Knight.

    10.          b) Tell It to the World by Mervyn Maxwell

    11.          c) Light Bearers to the Remnant by Richard W Schwarz and Floyd Greenleaf

    III. Skills Development:

    1. Attend and complete a seminar in each of the following ten subjects: (Each seminar must be at least 75 minutes long):
             a.       How to be a Christian Leader & Leadership Skills
             b.      Vision, Mission and Motivation
             c.       Communication Theory and Listening Skills
             d.       Practical Communication Practices
             e.       Understanding Teaching and Learning Styles
              f.       Creativity and Resources Development
             g.      How to Prepare Effective Creative Worships
             h.      Principles of Youth and Children’s Evangelism
             i.       How to Lead a Child to Christ
             j.       Understanding your Spiritual Gifts

    III. Skills Development (continued):

    2. Attend a seminar on Risk Management that focus’ on Adventurer, Pathfinder, and Youth activities.

    3. Attend a Seminar on Child Abuse Prevention.

    4. Have or earn the following honors:
             a.       Christian Storytelling
             b.      Camping Skills I, II, III, & IV
             c.       Drilling and Marching (basic)
             d.      Knot Tying

    5. Earn two additional honors not previously earned:
             one from the list below and a skill level 2 or 3 honor
             from a list provided by your local conference.
              a.       Crisis Intervention
              b.      Nutrition
              c.       Flags

    6. Hold a current First Aid & CPR certificate or its equivalent. (Instructor Required).

    7. Supervise participants through either the Adventurer Curriculum or Pathfinder Investiture Achievement, or teach a Sabbath School class for children ages 6-15, or its equivalent for at least one year. (Candidates under 18 must have a supervising adult).

    IV. Child Development:

    1. 1. Read or listen to the book Education and submit a one-page response focusing on the benefits of your reading.

    2. 2. Read or listen to either Child Guidance or Messages to Young People and submit a one-page response focusing on the benefits of your reading.

    3. 3. Attend one seminar dealing with child development relating to the age of your primary ministry group.

    4. 4. Observe for a period of two (2) hours a group of Adventurers, Pathfinders or Youth and write a reflection on their interaction.

    5. 5. Attend a seminar on discipline.

    V. Leadership Development:

    1. Read a current book about “Leadership Skill Development” such as:
             a. Positive Church in a Negative World by John Arrias
             b. Take the Risk by Ben Carson
             c. Ellen White on Leadership by Cindy Tutsh
             d. Help! I’m being Followed by Clinton Valley
              e. Another book that is approved by your conference Youth, Pathfinder or Adventurer Director, or their designated Master Guide representative.
                        i) Lead like Jesus by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and
                             Phyllis Hendry
                        ii) 5 levels of Leadership by John Maxwell
                        iii) Developing the Leader Within You by John
                             Maxwell
                        iv) Leadership 101 by John Maxwell

    1. 2. Demonstrate your leadership skills by doing the following:
                a. Develop and conduct three creative worships for children and/or teenagers.
                b. Participate in a leadership role with your local church children’s/youth group in a Conference sponsored event.
                c. Teach three Adventurer Awards or two Pathfinder Honors.
                d. Assist in planning and leading a field trip for a group of Adventurers, Pathfinders or Sabbath School class.

      • 3. Be an active Adventurer, Pathfinders, or Sabbath School staff member for at least one year and attend at least 75% of all staff meetings.

    2. 4. Write personal goals that you would like to accomplish in your ministry.

    3. 5. Identify three current goals in your life, at least one of which is spiritually oriented, and list three goals or objects for each.

    VI. Fitness Lifestyle Development

    1. 1. Participate in a personal Physical fitness plan by completing one of the following:

    2.           a. A personal physical fitness program of your choice and according to your abilities, for at least three months.
                b. A school physical fitness program.
                c. The physical components of the AY Silver Award. If you already have the AY Silver award then complete the physical fitness components of the AY Gold Award.

    VII. Documentation

    1. 1. The Master Guide curriculum must be completed in a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.

    2. 2. All Master Guide Candidates must document all work in a portfolio.

    3. 3. Curriculum completion is under the supervision of the conference Master Guide Coordinator, Pathfinder or Adventurer Area Coordinator, or their designated Master Guide representative.