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Our Goal: To influence teens to magnify the splendor of God by loving the Lord with all their hearts and by loving others as they love themselves (Matthew 22:36-40).
Our Mission: To provide an organized ministry to teens in which godly adults influence youth for God’s glory by seeking to nurture in our teens: a growing intimacy with Christ, the loving service of others, and the faithful evangelization of the lost.
- To disciple teens by teaching, preaching, and counseling the truth of God and by promoting joyful participation in spiritual disciplines
- To disciple teens by training and guiding them to perform acts of joyful service to others
- To disciple teens by training them and guiding them to engage the lost in evangelistic outreach
Building Involvement: We will strive to create teachable moments by winning the confidence of teens through meaningful interaction.
- By means of recreational opportunities
- From the standpoint of influence, Bismark rightly observed that “you can do anything with children if you will play with them.”
- From the standpoint of assessment, activity times provide an ideal opportunity for leaders to assess a teen’s competitive and team strategies, decision making abilities, self control, perseverance, leadership skills, attitude toward winning/losing, etc.
- By means of scheduled activities (see guidelines below)
- By means of structured and non-structured times of listening and counsel
Modeling Holiness: We will strive to inspire godliness in our teens as we display the fruit of the Spirit in a joyful walk with God, eschewing worldly methods and fleshly practices.
- We are not peers striving to be “cool”; we are disciplers seeking to nurture godliness.
- We are not trend-happy with a lean toward worldliness; we are disciplers promoting holy living.
- We are not self-promoters commanding blind obedience or making a play for control or approval; we are servant-leaders promoting the glory of God to our teens.
Teaching Scripture: We will strive to provide a learning environment in which God’s Word and the spiritual disciplines are not merely ancillary attachments but are integral aspects of all we do.
Worshiping God: We will strive to create opportunities in which the spiritual disciplines are pursued with a view to expressing the majesty and love of God and the joy we find in Him as our soul’s ultimate satisfaction.
- We encourage a family-orientation in which teens are routinely influenced by a variety of godly adults rather than isolated to a peer group managed and led by a program director.
- A team of adults provide leadership under the oversight and development of one of our elders.
- A calendar of all teen activities will be formulated annually.
- The final authority on details regarding any activity or trip is the most current Sunday bulletin.
- All-Church Activities
- These opportunities will be promoted as integral aspects of the teen calendar. Adults and youth leaders should work to promote teen involvement in church activities as a means of discipleship and vital participation in the life of the body.
- Activities include: Fall and Spring Workdays; Retreats; Church Picnics (July-September); VBS; and outreach activities.
- Sunday Night Fellowships (“Roundtables”)
- Location–Teens will meet after scheduled Sunday evening services at the church building or in the home of a church member who lives in close proximity to the church building.
- Meal–A meal will be provided by the church. When held at a home, dessert may be provided by the host home, if they wish.
- Format–The teens are encouraged to come with questions to ask the leader. A meal will be served after the discussion time (or before, if circumstances dictate). All Roundtables end no later than 9 p.m.
- Participation–The host family and meal preparers are free to listen in on the discussion time if they wish.
- Transportation–When the Roundtable is held at a home, efforts will be made to transport as many teens as possible from the church to the home in vans. Parents should make arrangements to pick up their children at the host home at or soon after 9 p.m.
- Weekend Activities
- These will be scheduled annually on Friday nights or Saturdays.
- Approximately 5 activities will be scheduled for Grades 7-12. Grades 9-12 are welcome to participate in the annual adult broomball activity, and young men of grades 11-12 are invited to join the Men’s Breakfasts.
- Wednesday Night
- During the school year, the teens will meet at church with the adults and then gather for a time of teaching and prayer.
- During the summer months all teens with either meet with the entire church for a time of teaching and prayer or participate in training for a summer ministry trip.
- Teen Seminars
- The seminars are intended to help prepare teen boys for leadership as future husbands, fathers, and church leaders, and to help prepare teen girls for their role as future wives, mothers, and church workers.
- Two seminars are scheduled annually.
- Annual Mission Trips
- At least one church ministry trip is scheduled each summer.
- To participate, teens must be entering grades 9-12 or have just graduated, sign up for the trip by the appointed cut-off date, successfully complete all training requirements, and meet stated standards for participants.
- Ministry Development
- Our teens represent the next generation of leaders in the church of Jesus Christ. It is vital that we teach them to minister faithfully as members of that body.
- To this end, various ministry opportunities are available under the watch-care of mentors: public reading of Scripture, leading in prayer, testimonies, and providing special music during our Sunday evening services; ushering; nursery; children’s church; workdays, teen choir, orchestra, evangelism, etc.