At the request of Youth Ministries personnel within the General Conference Department of Church Ministries, delegates to the 1990 Spring Meeting of the General Conference voted to established a Commission on Youth to study the status of Adventist youth and youth ministry throughout the world church. As a part of that action, it was determined that each division would form its own subcommission to do the research necessary to perform a self study of youth and youth ministry within its field.
As reports arrived at the offices of Youth Ministry personnel at the General Conference, it became apparent that the data presented should be studied thoroughly. Thus it was that world youth leaders from every division except the newly formed Euro-Asia Division met at Newbold College in England.
From this meeting came two major documents, a summary report of division subcommision studies and a paper setting forth the recommendation of world youth leaders for guiding youth ministry into the twenty-first century.