Parents will take primary responsibility for discipleship of children.
- The primary minister in a young person’s life is his/her parents. While it is true that youth ministry is important, its role is not to assume the responsibility God has entrusted to the parents. Therefore, the staff of the youth ministry will seek to partner with parents to support them in accomplishing the task God has given them. We will not usurp the parent’s role, but come along side to support, encourage and love them in this process.
The word of God will be the foundation of what we do.
(2 Tim 4:1-2; James 1:22-24; Psalm 119; 2 Tim 3:15-17; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12)
- The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to transform lives. Without the centrality of scripture, ministry loses its focus and, as a result, opportunities for lasting spiritual impact are diminished or lost. Therefore, from start to finish, Scripture will remain foundational and permeate all that we do.
The gospel of Christ will be the primary message.
(John 14:1-6; Acts 4:12)
- Games, events, and craziness of all kinds is great, but only when they work to accomplish the ultimate goal- saving faith in Jesus Christ. For this reason, all that we do will be designed with salvation and Christ-likeness in mind. Our goal is not to entertain our young people or have the coolest, most cutting edge ministry in town, but to remain true to the gospel, trusting that God can and will change lives. We will do this by never assuming that our young people already have a sufficient understanding of the gospel and never exhorting the students to obey God’s word apart from the gospel.
The church is the body of Christ and the youth ministry will learn and submit to the overall purposes of the church.
(1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16; Colossians 3:15; Titus 2:6-8; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
- The youth ministry is not a separate church. Youth ministry exist under the umbrella of Christ as the head of the Church, and the elders who shepherd the local church. Accordingly, we will teach our youth what the bible says about their responsibility to the church as a whole and encourage them to be involved in the local church. Our youth are encouraged to serve in a ministry during Sunday service, we want to help them grow in areas that interest them and even in areas they may not realize they could be of service. We have youth currently serving as Junior Ushers, Video Tech, Sound Ministry, Worship, Nursery and in our Tikes room. These assignments are done by speaking with the youth pastor.
We will speak the truth in love while being patient with all believers in the process of spiritual growth.
(1 Corinthians 3:5-8; Ephesians 5:17-24; Philippians 2:12-13; Romans 6:4; 2 Tim 4:2)
- There are differences between justification, sanctification and glorification. In justification God declares sinners righteous by crediting them with the perfect righteousness of Christ. This free gift is received by faith alone. Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit of God works godliness into the hearts and lives of believers. Glorification comes when we see Jesus face to face and are transformed into His very image. Whereas justification and glorification are instantaneous, sanctification is an ongoing process that will never be fully completed or fully realized in this life. As with all of us, no young person will ever be without sin on this earth. Therefore, we will seek to be patient with all young people in the process of spiritual growth, believing that “He who began a good work in them will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6—paraphrased)
There is no semblance of favoritism within the ministry because all young people matter to God.
(Psalm 139:13-16; Luke 15; Luke 19:10; Romans 5:8; 1 Tim 1:15-17; James 2:1-5; 2 Peter 3:9)
- Each young person is fearfully and wonderfully made unique in God’s eyes. Regardless of dress, lifestyle, or personal background, God loves each young person equally. Therefore, we will seek to demonstrate that same love through fairness and impartiality. We will encourage each young person to interact freely and openly with each other, while discouraging “cliques” of any kind. We will remain equally accessible to everyone.