The Old Testament clearly shows that our God has chosen to work primarily through the family unit to advance his kingdom through the ages. In Genesis 17:7 God spoke to Abraham and promised, “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.” This is why we refer to our children as Covenantal children. But we are responsible for making their God known to them. Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The objective of the Youth Ministry is to identify opportunities for children to grow in their knowledge of God, express their God-given spiritual gifts, and share the gospel beyond our Sunday morning and evening worship services. The Youth Ministry is identified as a crucial discipleship ministry in our church and is fully supported by the session.
The Youth Ministry follows our discipleship model.
- Contacting – Identify opportunities to share the gospel with non-believers or those looking for a church home. Although our children are encouraged to witness to their friends the duel tasks of contacting and converting are included in the church’s outreach program.
- Converting – Offer an invitation to our Sunday worship where the whole council of God is proclaimed.
- Disciple – Teach children the gospel so they can worship their King more fully. Disciple’s are taught by members of the church, invited guests, or by going to session approved events.
- Service – Inspire children to want to serve others in the name of their King.
- Leader – Identify gifts and provide children an opportunity to lead.
- Multiplier – As children grow in faith support their ministry as it leads others to Christ and advances His Kingdom.
- Charge the next generation of God’s people to assume their role as church leaders.
We are a Covenantal church; our intent is to remain primarily inclusive allowing God to work inside and through families as He designed. The Youth Ministry simply strives to equip our children with a purposeful spiritual framework between knowledge, spirit, and service-minded activities. Our older children teach Sunday school, sing in the choir, greet and usher on Sunday morning, and work in the sound booth during worship. Others work outside the church by serving as missionaries around the globe during the summer months. Still others work quietly supporting our church by participating in prayer meetings, assisting in the set-up and breakdown of church activities, and decorating our sanctuary for special events.
In our church there is no shortage of opportunities for children to express their God-given gifts and share the gospel beyond our Sunday morning and evening worship services.