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Our Vision

To Relationally Lead students into an Honest, Free and Dependent Relationship with Jesus.

Core Values

Biblical Truth The Truth of the Word of God permeates, defines and speaks into every essence of our being and lives, telling us Who we are, Who God is and the hopeful solution of Jesus Christ to bridge the gap between us and Him.

Broken Lives  We are all, believers and non believers, broken people living broken lives in a broken world.

Hope Offered  The only healing, hope and solution to our brokenness is an honest, freeing, dependent relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.

Relational Catalyst  Relationships are the means to share the Hope of Christ with one another.

Family Foundation  Students are not their own entities within a vacuum but parts of a larger family structure which needs to be built up alongside and underneath the students.

Community Strength  We are not alone in our messes and madness but part of a larger church and youth community, calling us to regularly come together to build up and celebrate our Hope and Life in Christ.

Youth Leadership

With the above foundation, we seek to incorporate adults from college on up in as many different ways as the Lord sees fit. All the way from...

  1. Small Group Disciplers who are in students' lives on an ongoing, personal basis.

    Gifts and Passions - Enjoy personal relationship with a broad variety of students and willing to be invested personally and consistently in their lives at programs but also through phone calls, emails and personal "hang out" times. Be able to teach and train students in the gospel (not looking for doctoral candidates but a willingness to speak Truth into their lives as an imperfect discipler). Commitment - 2 leader meetings a month (1 sunday lunch, 1 sunday dinner), weekly small group leadership on Wed night and/or Sun morning. Minimum 1 year commitment.

  2. Large Group Leaders who come to youth group and invest in their lives in a group setting.

    Gifts & Passions - Enjoy students but not necessarily comfortable or sure about too much one-on-one time at this point. Willing to be consistently at youth group not as a parental authority figure but as a loving, humble, non-controlling adult who is willing to laugh, play, pray and lead by example. Commitment - 1 or 2 leader meetings a month (1 sunday lunch, 1 sunday dinner), every Sunday Morning 9:30-10:30. Minimum 1 semester commitment.

  3. Worship Team - draw in potential student worship leaders and form a working worship team.

    Gifts & Passions - Able to lead and train others to lead student-style and creative worship. Commitment - 1 or 2 leader meetings a month (1 sunday lunch, 1 sunday dinner), every Sunday Morning 9:30-10:30. Minimum 1 semester commitment. 

  4. Logistics Leaders who help from the outside with food, hospitality and the like.

    Commitment - Welcome to but not required to attend Leader meetings on Sunday. Used on an as-needed basis for special events, setup, cleanup, prep etc. Gifts & Passions - behind the scenes helper to keep the Student Ministry flowing without getting up front praise. A servants heart.

  5. Prayer team who lifts up the students and the leaders before the Throne of Grace.

    Commitment - Welcome to but not required to attend Leader meetings on Sunday. Start a weekly prayer team involving parents, students, leaders and whoever else feels called to pray for the Student Ministry.

  6. Photography Team

    Commitment - Welcome to but not required to attend Leader meetings on Sunday. Come to most programs/meetings/events. Able to take, edit and burn pictures for the newsletter and website.

  7. Audio/Video/Computer Tech Team for Sunday Mornings and other events

    Commitment - Welcome to but not required to attend Leader meetings on Sunday. Needed to recruit and train students in how to run audio/video and powerpoint.

  8. Drama Team - create, cultivate and lead an student artistic team

    Commitment - Welcome to but not required to attend Leader meetings on Sunday. Needed to build from scratch a creative arts team who will be able to share their gifts are art at Sunday Morning youth group and other events/times/places.

Goals

  1. Build, disciple and equip a unified team of 18 committed volunteers and 3 staff (one being an RTS intern) who are relationally and individually pointing students to Jesus on a regular basis.
  2. Develop and begin to distribute Gospel-Based youth ministry curriculum and training materials.
  3. Create a worship team of adults and students.
  4. Make new and old students feel comfortable, valued and part of a unified community.
  5. Offer various deeper ministry opportunities for students who are ready to take their faith to the next step, whether that next step is starting consistent prayer times, leading bible studies or going on a mission trip.
  6. Create new experiences, vision, excitement and identity within the student ministry.

Short Range Goals

  1. Relationship building with the church, leaders, students and community.
  2. Begin developing new and old adult leaders
  3. Develop unity in and around the student ministry
  4. Create new experiences, vision and excitement within the student ministry

Long Range Goals

  1. Have an adult leadership team that becomes a unified, excited community that loves the Lord, each other and the students. It is a small group of its own.
  2. Incorporate students into the life of the church
  3. Support the family as a whole
  4. Have a place for future student ministry directors to be trained in the Gospel and how it is is manifest in student ministries.

Student Leadership

Another key component of leadership is the training and utlizing of student leaders. They are the future elders, pastors, parents, teachers and volunteers. They are, even at their young age, a part of the "priesthood of believers" and it is our desire to give them an opportunity to learn what leadership from a Christ and Grace perspective looks and feels like.

We currently have a team called "overflow" where students' faith overflows practically in serving the church, youth ministry and their peers. Generally we meet every other week on Sundays after church.

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