The Master Guide (MG) curriculum is one of the leadership programs that the South Caribbean Conference Youth Ministries Department uses to train people for youth leadership. It is the "Ph.D." of youth ministry in the field. You cannot earn your Master Guide without taking at least one Basic Staff Training (BST) course.
The Master Guide is the expert, the advisor, the promoter for Adventurers and Pathfinders. As such, MG is NOT a Pathfinder program, it is a Youth Ministry Leadership Program.
This continues to be the highest level of leadership within the Adventurer/ Pathfinder programs of the church. It focuses on one’s personal spiritual life and growth first and foremost. General leadership skills are then woven into the sharpening of those skills, which are specifically geared to leading youth in God-ordained areas of development: understanding God’s world of nature, outreach ministry, service to others and a life-style that denotes healthy living.
As one church leader of the past put it so simply:
“You can’t teach what you don’t know, and you can’t lead where you won’t go.”
As leaders we must not only be good at spouting theory if we expect to see success with our youth ministry; we must live what we preach and demonstrate it.