The youth ministry (7th-12th Grade) is a vibrant part of our ministry here at Community. These young people are the future of our church and we work to train them to be prepared when “their day” comes. The group meets several times each month for activities and Bible Study. Some of the activities include: Canoe Trips, Bike Trips, Mess-A-Ramas, Bigger and Better, Video Scavenger Hunts, S.N.A.C.’s, All-Nighters and many other activities. The purpose of the youth is to have good Christian fellowship, to evangelize the lost, to edify (build up) peers, and to disciple the youth. Please visit the youth page for more information.
Philosophy of Youth Ministry
The youth ministry is primarily a part of the local church. Therefore the youth should be actively serving in the church ministry. This means that the youth group is not a separate entity with separate objectives. The youth group should reinforce and build on the philosophy of the church. Another key aspect of youth ministry involves working to complement what parents are teaching at home (assuming they are believers). The church is responsible to assist families in the discipling of youth, but the primary responsibility rests on the parents themselves (Deut.6:7; Eph. 6).
The primary goal of youth ministry should be to develop teens that demonstrate active, disciplined, spiritual maturity. The Bible teaches a faith that is actively working to become more like Christ (James 2:14-26). Our Lord gives us the perfect example when He was a young man. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Increasing in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically) in many ways happens naturally. A youth ministry should focus on developing teens who increase in favor with God (spiritually) and man (socially). The means to accomplishing this maturity in the lives of teens are found in the goals of a youth ministry.