May 2024 Column

Rooted in Christ

Living Out Faith

In the fast-paced and ever-changing landscape of modern professional life, it’s easy to lose sight of our spiritual foundations amidst the demands of career, relationships, and personal growth. As young adult Seventh-day Adventist professionals, it’s essential to establish and maintain a firm grounding in Christ, drawing strength and guidance from His teachings as we navigate the complexities of our professional journeys.

In Colossians 2:6-7, the apostle Paul writes, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” These words serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of being rooted in Christ, both in our personal lives and in our professional endeavors.

To be rooted in Christ means more than just acknowledging His existence or attending church services; it’s about allowing His teachings to permeate every aspect of our lives, including our careers. Just as a tree draws nourishment and stability from its roots, so too do we draw strength and resilience from our relationship with Christ as we face the challenges and opportunities of the professional world.

So, what does it look like to be rooted in Christ as young adult Seventh-day Adventist professionals?

1. Grounded in Faith: Our faith in Christ forms the bedrock of our identity and values. It shapes our worldview, informs our decision-making, and guides our interactions with others in the workplace. By grounding ourselves in the teachings of Christ, we can navigate ethical dilemmas, overcome adversity, and maintain integrity in all aspects of our professional lives.

2. Growing in Knowledge and Understanding: Just as a tree grows and matures over time, so too should our faith and understanding of Christ deepen as we progress in our careers. This growth comes through regular study of the Scriptures, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. As we seek to know Christ more intimately, we become better equipped to represent Him effectively in our professional spheres.

3. Strengthened in Resilience: The professional world can be fraught with challenges, setbacks, and disappointments. However, being rooted in Christ provides us with a source of strength and resilience that enables us to persevere in the face of adversity. Our faith empowers us to trust in God’s providence, even when circumstances seem uncertain, and to find hope and courage amidst trials.

4. Fruitful in Service and Impact: Ultimately, being rooted in Christ is not just about personal growth but also about bearing fruit in service to others and making a positive impact in the world around us. As young adult Seventh-day Adventist professionals, we have a unique opportunity to be ambassadors for Christ in our workplaces, demonstrating His love, compassion, and grace through our words and actions.

At the end of the day, being rooted in Christ is not merely a religious exercise but a foundational principle that informs how we live, work, and interact with others as young adult Seventh-day Adventist professionals. As we continue to grow and mature in our faith, may we remain steadfast in our commitment to Christ, rooted and built up in Him, and overflowing with thankfulness for the abundant blessings He has bestowed upon us.

Questions for Discussion

How do you actively cultivate your relationship with Christ amidst the demands of your professional and educational life?

Share an experience where your faith in Christ influenced a significant decision or interaction in your workplace. What were the outcomes?

In what ways do you find strength and resilience in your faith when facing challenges or setbacks in your career?

Reflect on how you can use your professional platform to positively impact others and represent Christ in your workplace. What steps can you take to be more intentional in this regard?

Contributors

Editor
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Xiomara Perdomo

Assistant to the President for Mission

Writer
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Pierre Monice

Assistant to the President for People & Culture

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David Asscherick

David is a speaker/director for Light Bearers and ARISE co-founder and instructor. Since his baptism in 1999, David has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Violeta are the happy parents of two boys, Landon and Jabel.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.