Adventurers & Pathfinders in New Zealand

Supporting young people’s Journey with Jesus.

Adventurer Club

The Adventurer Club is designed to strengthen parent-child relationships  for kids ages 4-9 by providing specialized weekly activities tuned into the psychological needs of this age group while simultaneously giving parents opportunities for learning parenting skills and enjoying special activities with their children. 

  • Little Lambs – 4 year olds.
  • Little Fish – 5 year olds.
  • Busy Bee – 6 year olds.
  • Sunbeam – 7 year olds.
  • Builder – 8 year olds.
  • Helping Hand – 9 year olds.
The Role of the Adventurer Leader

The Adventurer Club Leader is responsible for leading out in a program for the club that reaches its objectives successfully including assisting parents in their job of discipling their children to make a commitment to Jesus.

The Adventurer Leader will enjoy the role if he or she:

  • loves God supremely and demonstrates this in her/his life by modelling what he/she expects the Adventurers to become.
  • loves children sincerely, expressing this love in actions more than words
  • relates well with parents and involves them in all aspects of the club
  • serves with enthusiasm, emphasizing the positive and supporting the program with energy
  • is emotionally stable, self-disciplined, temperate, responsible and demonstrates trust in God
  • enjoys being outdoors
  • knows the essential characteristics of children 
  • is versatile and willing to learn and teach new things
  • is organised and able to maintain order
  • maintains good relationships with fellow workers
  • has a sense of humour
  • is resourceful and creative
Becoming an Adventurer Leader

The Adventurer Leader is elected by the church nominating committee on a yearly basis. 

Responsible to

Cooperate with the pastor and the Church Board.

Personal Responsibility

The Adventurer Leader must ensure enough time is allocated to personal spiritual growth, family and personal recreation in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle. It is important that the Leader does not become so busy that their own spiritual life suffers.

Time Commitment

  • A meeting with the staff once per month or weekly (depending on the church) to focus on the various elements of the club.
  • 3-5 hours per week of involvement planning, staffing and resourcing the needs of the club.

Term of Office

One year, and depending upon the church’s structure, possibly longer. It is helpful if some leaders are reappointed to ensure that long term goals are reached.

Skills and Spiritual Gifts

God has gifted each of us in different ways.  The following gifts are valuable when considering the choice of members for the role of Adventurer Leader.

Communicate with the church and community to promote the club. Represent the Adventurer Club on the Church Board. Keep the church informed of the activities of the Club.

Staff the Adventurer Club with appropriate adults and teens. Ensure staff receive training and are resourced for their role. Implement and ensure adherence to Child Protection Policies.

Organise the Adventurer Club program for the year, including both indoor and outdoor activities. Develop and manage a budget. 

Plan and lead out in the Adventurer program at each meeting. Develop strategies /programs to help parents in their role as the primary spiritual mentor of their children to work together to achieve them. Leadership requires diligence and faith.

Evaluate how well the club is reaching its goals by holding regular staff meetings to discuss concerns and ideas.

It is helpful to consult with your pastor to identify which gifts you can use to assist the church.

Pathfinders Club

Enlarging their windows on the world and building a relationship with God are the dual objectives of this club, which is designed for children ages 10-15. With nearly 2 million members around the world, this Seventh-day Adventist Church-sponsored club accepts any youth who promises to abide by the Pathfinder Pledge and Law regardless of their church affiliation.

  • Friend – 10 years old
  • Companion – 11 years old
  • Explorer – 12 years old
  • Ranger – 13 years old
  • Voyager – 14 years old
  • Guide – 15 years old
Responsibilities of the Pathfinder Leader

Pathfinder leader plays an important role in fulfilling the gospel commission to share God’s love with the world through their Pathfinder Club.  The Pathfinder leader is responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Understanding and fulfilling the philosophy of Pathfindering.
  • Providing meaningful and purposeful activi ties for all Pathfinders.
  • Maintaining a positive atmosphere within the club.
  • Leading and maintaining a cohesive team.
  • Delegating responsibilities to staff and providing the support needed to ensure the successful completion of each task.
  • Providing opportunities for staff to develop and practise new skills.
  • Be involved in activities within the community.
  • Be a positive example to others.
  • Providing programmes to meet individuals’ needs and abilities.
  • Being respectful of cultural differences.
  • Being aware of group dynamics.
  • Supporting both staff and Pathfinders.
  • Being committed to supporting young peo ple, even through difficult times.
  • Being accepting of each young person and providing a programme that is all inclusive.
  • Presenting the Pathfinder calendar to the Church Board for approval.
  • Communicating the yearly calendar to all families involved.
  • Conducting Risk Management analyses for all off-site activities and presenting these to the Church Board and the Conference Youth Department for approval and recommenda- tions.
  • Organising and storing permission notes to meet legal obligations.
  • Maintaining up-to date health details of all Pathfinders.
  • Regularly communicating with parents.
  • Ensuring the Child Protection Code of Con- duct is adhered to at all times.
  • Ensuring the safe supervision of all activities. 
  • Attending conference leadership training weekends.
  • Providing a regular club report to the local church.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for Pathfinder ministry is relatively high, but very rewarding.  Clubs meet regularly in club meetings (indoors) or outdoors for activities or camping. It is up to the individual club to set the annual Pathfinder calendar according to their needs and to allow for flexibility for leaders, however it is expected that clubs attend all conference events when hosted.  Your work as a Pathfinder leader may involve preparation during the week.

Leadership Qualities of a Pathfinder Leader
  • Faith and commitment to God
  • Active and growing relationship with God
  • Passion for young people
  • Vision
  • Willingness to receive counsel from others
  • Respect for and awareness of cultural differences
  • Ability to empower and mentor others
  • Commitment and perseverance
  • Confidentiality
  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Enthusiastic
  • Commitment to the ideals of Pathfindering
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Resourceful and creative
  • Well organised
The Purpose of the Pathfindering Ministry

Pathfinder clubs operate for young people 10 – 15 years of age.  Studies have revealed that during these formative years most young people will make decisions for life with Christ.  It is vital that this age group in particular are supported by caring adults who love and nurture them.  

The desired outcomes of the Pathfinder programme are to:

  • Provide opportunities for Pathfinders to accept God’s invitation of personal salvation.
  • Help Pathfinders understand that God loves them, cares for them and appreciates them.
  • Encourage Pathfinders to discover their own God-given potential.
  • Build lifelong friendships within the local club and between clubs in local Conference/Mission territories.
  • Develop a healthy appreciation of God’s creation.
  • Teach specific skills and hobbies that will better equip Pathfinders in life.
  • Teach the importance of health and fitness.
  • Foster holistic development – physical, social, intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual – of each Pathfinder.

Meet the Pathfinders & Adventurers Team

Are you a new leader in your church or looking for help with your ministry? Please contact us as we would love to help you.

Maranatha Fidow

Maranatha Fidow

Pathfinders & Adventurers Director

North New Zealand Conference

Victor Kulakov

Victor Kulakov

Discipleship Ministries Leader

New Zealand Pacific Union Conference

Edwina Davis

Edwina Davis

Pathfinder & Adventurer Director

South New Zealand Conference

Events & Special Days

North Island Events

South Island Events

Global Events

World Pathfinder Day

World Pathfinder day is a special Sabbath in which we celebrate what it means to be a Pathfinder. This event takes place on the third Sabbath of September, each year.

World Adventurer Day

This event will take place every third Sabbath of May. It is a special day to let our Adventurers enjoy being Adventurers and to show others the blessing they are to our church and our community.

Uniform & Supplies

North Island Supplies

All Adventurer and Pathfinder supplies are available from the Adventist Book Centre.

47 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga Heights, Auckland.
Phone: (09) 277 8543

South Island Supplies

All Adventurer and Pathfinder supplies are available from the South New Zealand Conference.

20 Farrells Road, Ouruhia, Christchurch.
Phone: (03) 365 1020

Downloadable Files


2023 North NZ Calendar

UPDATED 03.05.2023. North New Zealand Conference Calendar of meetings and Events.
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Adventurer & Pathfinder Resources

Curriculum & Resources

Curriculum & Resources are available on this website to assist you with your Pathfinder clubs in the South Pacific Division.

Curriculum & Resources

Curriculum & Resources are available on this website to assist you with your Adventurers clubs in the South Pacific Division.

Other Websites

Pathfinders NZ

New Zealand Pathfinders website

General Conference

Adventurers & Pathfinder Ministries Website


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