Wednesdays @ 7pm
STUDENT MINISTRY SHOULD BE ENJOYABLE
A joy-filled life is a by product of a spirit-filled life. The Gospel is a message of joy and celebration. The ministry to students must be characterized by gladness, happiness and joy. It’s our responsibility to be Spirit-led in our preparation and in the activities and topics that we teach. With this in mind, our aim is touching the lives and hearts of all students we teach and come into contact with. (Gal 5:22)
5 THINGS WE HOPE EVERY YOUTH HERE KNOWS…
- God loves you and so do we.
- You are safe here.
- You are special.
- God has a plan for you.
- God’s way really is the best way. Trust Him.
What We Believe God Has Called Us to Do
We believe God has called us, in partnership with parents, to:
- INVEST in the next generation of young people in significant ways
- INSTRUCT them in the core doctrines and disciplines of the Christian faith along with principles for living healthy, wise and productive lives
- INSPIRE them by our example and challenge them to take faith-filled risks
- IGNITE them with a passion for Jesus Christ, a love for the lost, a commitment to the local church, and finally, to launch them into the world prepared for life, for relationships, for service, and for leadership.
What We Hope God Will Do Through Us As We Are Faithful to the Mission
Our vision is for every one of our youth to be:
- POSITIVE that God loves them and that He has a good plan and purpose for their lives
- PERSUADED that God’s way really is the best way
- PASSIONATE for Jesus Christ, for His church, for the needy, and for the lost
- PREPARED for life, for relationships, for service, and for leadership.
OUR CORE VALUES
How We Believe God Would Have Us Accomplish the Mission
In order to accomplish the “vision” God has given us, the “mission” will be guided by the following core values:
- Time— We commit to investing in our youth by spending both quality and quantity time with them.
- Love— We commit to investing in our youth by loving them unconditionally, cheerfully, and faithfully, and expressing that love in appropriate ways.
- Prayer— We commit to investing in our youth by praying for and with them faithfully.
- Mentoring—We commit to investing in our youth by mentoring them through their questions of faith and daily experiences in “one-on-one” or small group settings.
- Teaching— We commit to instructing our youth in the core doctrines of the Christian faith in ways that creatively engage their hearts and minds.
- Equipping— We commit to instructing our youth to equip them to grow spiritually and to lead healthy, wise, and productive lives.
- Modeling— We commit that in order to inspire our youth, we must be passionate followers of Jesus Christ and consistently living healthy, wise, and productive lives.
- Challenging—We commit that in order to inspire our youth, we must challenge them to live for Christ with all of their hearts and to join us in taking “faith-filled risks” for Christ.
- Mobilizing— We commit that in order to ignite our youth with a passion for Christ and others we must regularly create opportunities for them to worship, serve the Church, minister to the needy, and evangelize.
- Launching—We commit that in order to ignite our youth and properly “launch” them into their future, we must prepare them for service to God, life’s challenges, for healthy relationships, and for leadership.
EQUIPPING STUDENTS SHOULD RESULT IN:
The Bible is normative for our lives and the ministry. Listening, reading, studying, and obeying the Scriptures is important to our shared lives. Becoming a Christ-follower is a life-long journey that is guided by the scriptures and shaped by the Spirit’s activity in the life of the community of faith. (2 Cor. 13:11)
The power of the Holy Spirit is the source by which we function in the gifts given to the body of Christ. As we grow in learning what it means to be a disciple of Christ, we are called to encourage and nurture the gifts God has given us, for the good of the whole community. (I Cor. 12)
Being Service Minded
As Christians, we want to make an observable impact that contributes to the helping of humanity by addressing societal issues that affect us all, whether locally or globally (i.e. race, poverty, homelessness, etc.) (Matt. 25:35-40)