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Youth Ministry

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.

 

  
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Goals for Youth Ministry Minimize
  • Spiritual Growth
    • Salvation—to see from their testimony and conduct that every teenager has received Christ as their personal Savior. Romans 10:9,10
    • Evangelization – train each young person to share the Gospel and allow opportunities to lead someone to Christ
    • Service Oriented – present opportunities for service oriented activities such as team outreach, mission trips, nursing homes, Bible studies, church cleaning/workday, children’s ministries, etc.
    • Devoted Teens – to encourage each teen to develop a more intimate knowledge of God. 2 Pt. 3:18
      • Consistent daily devoting of oneself to God
      • Habitual Bible reading and prayer
      • A thirst for studying God’s Word
  • Social Growth
    • A teachable, humble, obedient spirit – learning to honor and obey the authorities that God has placed in our live

    • Responsibility – learning to respect others and their property, working together (carrying one’s own part of the load), cleaning up after oneself

    • Friendship – making friends by reaching out to others, providing opportunities for small groups and socializing

    • Character – attempting to develop qualities in the young people that honor Christ and are respectable

 

  
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Youth Group Guidelines Minimize

1. Appearance: Dress should reflect the standards of Community Baptist Church.  We ask that parents encourage their teens to abide by the guidelines set by the staff for each activity.  The overall objective of our dress is to glorify our Savior!

 2. Attitude: Young people should always demonstrate the highest respect for authority.  Obedience and submissiveness towards adults will be expected.  Teens should always display positive attitudes.

3. Acquaintances and Friends:  Youth group often functions as a place to develop life-long friends. Teens will be encouraged to incorporate visitors into their friendships.  Visitors will always be welcomed and treated as part of the youth group

4. Activities: The purpose activities are to create fellowship, discipleship, and evangelism opportunities.  When we use a facility or are on an activity the goal is to leave it in better condition than when we arrived.

  
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