PROJECT LEADERSHIP ASSIGNMENT
The impact of Seventh Day Adventist church KNFC Adventist Youth camp in December 2018 and project leadership approach
Henry Benjamin Sibusiso Ngwira
Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership
Project Leadership (LEAD6RL)
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Youth Ministry work and programs are seemingly a core business of most Christian churches, so it is true with the Seventh Day Adventist church (SDA). Today’s work in the youth ministries suggest robust engagement in terms of leadership and management of project that applies to all sectors of life. The project under discussion involves young people in the SDA church in KwaZulu Natal Freestate Conference (KNFC) aged 5-30, citing the words of Ellen White who said: “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!” (196). The SDA church encourages their youth to be involved because it believes in training, equipping, empowering and young people are in majority in terms of membership.
As part of church plans globally called the General Conference, which is the highest decision making body in the SDA church has a full-fledged Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM) with single drive to conduct programs for the youth, by the youth and with the youth. The AYM department has been endorsed in all five operational level of the SDA church thus: 1. Local church, 2. Local Conference, 3. Local Union. 4. Division and finally 5. General Conference. The KNFC of the SDA is the second level of administration, under AYM departments conducts annual AYM Year End camp towards the end of the year. The program focus groups are young people from the age of 4 – 30 as per AYM departmental structure as follows:
The following were the objectives of the AYM End Year camp:
1. To help our young people to grow in four area of life thus, mental, physical spiritual and social
2. To pray, study the word, and fellowship together
3. To empower skills through teaching, training and practical involvement through doing it
4. To provide safety environment and focused atmosphere to our youth during festival seasons as characterized as season of craziness.
2. PROJECT LIFECYCLE
A project is “a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service and result” (PMI, ) and the project lifecycle revolves around starting of the project, organizing of the project, carrying out the project work, and closing of the project (PMI, 2013).
2.1. PROJECT INITIATION
The annual KNFC Year-end youth camps differs every year depending on the following situations; choice of camping venue, pricing, advertising, guest speakers, program and communication to all stakeholders. As a pastor in the SDA church, I served as an AYM director for nine years from 2006 -2015. The AYM become part of my daily work and in this year-end youth camp scheduled from 20th...