Why are we here?

Our Mission: (What are we aiming for?)

To establish students in Christian hope and integrate them into the life of the church.

 

Our Purpose Statement:  (How are we accomplishing our mission?)

We are here to welcome teenagers to worship and walk with Jesus Christ and to witness to those around them.

  • Welcome Teenagers: We want to introduce teens to Jesus and to new friends at youth group.
  • Worship Jesus Christ: Jesus is the center of our ministry. It is only through Jesus Christ we are restored to a right relationship with God. Everything we do, whether in word or action, should be done as an act of worship to God.
  • Walk with Jesus Christ: Jesus promised his disciples that he wouldn’t leave them or abandon them… and he didn’t. The Holy Spirit lives within each Christian and empowers us to walk with God and to become more like Jesus Christ.
  • Witness: As we grow more like Jesus Christ, people will notice. We want to encourage and equip teenagers to walk with God faithfully (at home, school, with friends, etc.) in way that starts conversations about who God is, what He’s done, and the difference Jesus Christ really made in our lives.

What are the marks of a healthy youth ministry?

  • Gospel-Centered. The gospel isn’t simply the doorway to salvation, it is the heartbeat of the Christian life. Everything we do leads to, is, or flows out of the message of the gospel.
  • Integrating students into the life of the church. Eventually our students will no longer be “ours” because they’ve graduated. By helping students find their place in the church during their teen years we’re helping them grow roots in the church (rather than being uprooted after graduation and then floundering to reconnect with the church).
  • Reinforcing the family. Parents are always the greatest influence in a teen’s life (but your teens will never admit it to you!). We want to encourage, support, and reinforce what you’re doing at home to see your teen grow into a mature and godly young man or woman.
  • Priority on relationships over programs. Programs aren’t bad, but relationships change lives. If we have to choose between more programs and less time for relationships with students, or more relationships and fewer programs… guess which one we’re going to choose?
  • Equipping students to grow as student ministers. We want to encourage and equip your students to develop their spiritual gifts and put them to work at church, home, school, and wherever else God may lead.

8 Vital Signs for Spiritual Health: (what does spiritual maturity look like?)

  1. Authentic Faith: If you are in Christ, God has made you new.
  2. Spiritual Disciplines: When you see as God sees, you will do as God does.
  3. Moral Boundaries: Purity paves the way to intimacy.
  4. Healthy Friendships: Your friendships help determine the direction and quality of your life.
  5. Wise Choices: Walk wisely.
  6. Ultimate Authority: Maximum freedom is found under God’s authority.
  7. Others First: When you make yourself nothing, you’re really something.
  8. A Heart for the Lost: God’s heart is for the lost, ours should be too.