The Youth Program is marked by certain key priorities:
Purposeful—Everything done in the youth ministry reflects a greater purpose—to bring students closer to Christ. This means that games and fun activities, for example, are not done for the sake of having fun only, but for the sake of bringing students closer to Christ.
Family-Oriented—Youth ministry has to be congregational to work, so where youth can do things with their families, it will be encouraged and emphasized. For youth whose families do not come to church, adoption into the church family is essential. Some youth events will include the families of the youth.
Centered on Teaching— God gave the Word with His lessons in it. Christ used many words to teach while He was here on earth. Therefore, the youth ministry will use the Word, and the teaching of the Word as a primary means of facilitating the relationship between Christ and youth. Many programs that have teaching time as a primary focus. Focused on “Being Present”—Teaching without relationships is generally ineffective. The youth ministry will be focused on fostering intentional relationships for nurture, care and fellowship. This means that youth leaders will make it a priority to “be present” in the lives of the youth.
Concerned with Growing and Equipping Students—Eventually, the growth of a student’s relationship with Christ will lead to the outpouring of that relationship in the way of ministry. We have many opportunities for students to be trained to minister.