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Youth

Our goal is to provide an open atmosphere where our youth can know that they matter. Where they can be honest, open, heard, accepted, and equipped to live as a light for Christ, no matter what the cost! We do this by...

Students Reaching Students

  • Extending the love of Christ to friends.
  • Being a light to those in darkness.
  • To ignite the passion for God in each other.

 

Students Teaching Students

  • Increasing in knowledge of God’s Word.
  • Growing in the character of Christ.

 

Students Influencing the World

  • Serving in the church.
  • Serving in the community.
  • Serving in the world.

 

Over the years, we have joyfully watched our children become teens, and our teens become young adults. They are an important part of the church body; not separate from the general congregation. God desires to give them spiritual gifts and anointings for the growth of the body just as He does the adults. Every joint in the body should supply to the parts with need. Why is it then so important for our youth to be integrated into the congregation?

Over the years Christian youth have experienced a "crisis of integration". That crisis occurs when teens who belong to a youth group find it difficult to integrate into the congregation after outgrowing the group. Many older teens can then feel detached and without a purpose, finding it difficult to flow with the older members of the congregation, yet they do not feel they belong with the younger members any longer. There is a Biblical way of integrating them into the congregation from an early age where they can experience the joy of being an active member serving the church body and each other. God will birth opportunities for them to connect with their peers for growth, fellowship and fun. He will birth opportunities for them to serve within the body. This all helps to reinforce a living connection with the whole congregation.

As stated, young people do need times to gather with each other. Within our own church body, we have found that these fellowship times are usually organic in nature, being Holy Spirit led and lasting for whatever season is warranted by the group. This is because the makeup of a church changes with increases and decreases in age groups, ministry emphasis and direction of Holy Spirit. This flexibility keeps us from trying to fit square pegs into round holes and maintaining ministries that have served their purposes. In essence, our heart desire and motive is to help direct the actions of the youth toward becoming a person of Christ and for Christ, and a partner with (and within) the church body.