Our mission is to PARTNER with parents by helping students KNOW, FOLLOW, and SERVE Jesus Christ.
- PARTNER – We support and encourage parents in their God-ordained role as the primary ones to disciple their children in the faith.
- KNOW – We challenge students to KNOW Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
- FOLLOW – We teach students the spiritual disciplines of prayer and personal Bible study that help them mature and endure in their faith.
- SERVE – We challenge students to use their God-given talents and resources to meet the needs of others and to engage in an on-going ministry of the church.
Our strategy is the programs we’ve developed to help us fulfill the different parts of our mission.
||Family focus events like Family Movie Night, D6 Worship, and our Graduate Recognition Breakfast
||Our Wednesday night youth group, MERGE, is our first level program for students entering our ministry. MERGE is aimed at achieving 3 goals: a welcoming environment, a relevant message, and authentic worship.
||Our Sunday morning Bible study groups, LifeGroups, target this purpose. These are small groups, organized around a student’s grade and gender. The adult leader guides the lesson, but their highest goal is to develop relationships and help student begin the practice of personal spiritual disciplines.
||Our Help Hands Mission Projects are aimed at fulfilling this purpose. This introduces students to serve. Beyond this we encourage youth to find on-going places of service inside the youth group or in a ministry of the church.
Each purpose calls for increasing commitment. This leads to a funnel effect as fewer students inevitably choose to not to rise to the higher commitment. This isn’t meant to be a discouragement, but rather a way we can assess student’s spiritual growth.
OUR VISION FOR OUR STUDENTS:
A vision is like our highest hopes and dreams for our students. These are our desires for every student. No students is perfect and many will still be working on a number of this elements when they leave our ministry. These are the characteristics we hold up as the end goal for every student in our ministry.
- He/she has trusted in Jesus as the Savior and Lord
- He/she sees our ministry as a place where they are known, cared for, and encouraged in their walk with Christ, and our leaders as genuine examples of Christ-followers who love them.
- He/she has developed the daily disciplines of prayer and personal Bible study.
- He/she has a lifestyle that reflects Christ and a witness that spreads the Gospel.
- He/she has discovered how God shaped them for service and is engaged in an on-going ministry through the church.
Our ministry rises and falls on the quality and character of our leaders. We seek leaders who:
- Have trusted in Jesus as their Savior and Lord
- Practice or are willing to develop the daily spiritual disciplines of prayer and personal Bible study.
- Model a walk with Christ and daily lifestyle our students can follow
- Have a heart for students and are willing to build relationship with students in and out of youth group and to invest in their lives.
- Are dependable, timely, and prepared for their areas of responsibility.
- Work well in a team, contributing to our unity and mission.
Jesus described His leadership as that of a "good shepherd". As leaders in the church we act a under-shepherds. The Bible teaches us the characteristics of a good shepherd. As youth leaders we are called to:
- Know Our Students - we know them as individuals and are aware of their direction in life and spiritual condition
- Feed Our Students - we provide sound Biblical teaching and direct them to develop spiritual disciplines that will sustain them in their walk with Christ
- Lead Our Students - we strive to be an example in our lifestyle and have a vision for moving our students closer to God
- Protect Our Students - we defend our group from corrupting and divisive influences and in love, address personal sin that seeks to sidetrack their faith