Youth Ministry Vision, Values, Virtues
Under the direction of Dave Falcone, our Pastor of Youth Ministries, experienced adults lead this area of ministry as they seek to build relationships with students.
This ministry is designed to guide 6th -12th grade students through the moral maze of questions that arrive with adolescence, and to build them up in their faith in order for them to develop as mature Christians (while maintaining their identity and sense of conviction).
Connecting students to God through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ
Connecting students to one another in authentic Christian community, and
Connecting students to the world to be salt and light.
Invite & Connect – Any area of our ministry that is primarily designed to invite students into our community and help them get connected. We believe that our faith is a “team sport” because we were created for relationship. We take seriously the goal of helping everyone find friends with whom they can serve, grow, laugh and do life together (Examples: Sunday Night Live, summer programming, Super Pre-Game Party, other fun events)
Grow & Worship – Job #1 is equipping, supporting, and encouraging a vital growing relationship with God. Our primary vehicle is the highly developed small group ministry. Our small groups vary in size, approach and duration. However, they all exist to allow students to discuss life in a way that fosters spiritual growth. (Examples: Small Groups, Confirmation Class, Retreats, Worship Nights)
Serve – The Church does not exist for itself; it exists to be a blessing to the world. We encourage all of our students to serve in their community and in the world in a way that points others to Jesus. (Examples: Mission Trips, Service Projects, Student Leadership Program)
Love – Seems obvious and basic. It is and it is NOT easy. We are all different and those differences can easily become annoyances and irritations that create friction. Love calls us to address those differences with respect, gentleness and openness. We know that teenagers can be crazy at times, but we still need to love them!
Faithfulness – We are always evolving and updating our approach to ministry and worship in order to help students connect their faith to the rest of their life. For that reason, creativity and innovation are important to us. However, the Word of God is eternal and unchanging. It is our responsibility to teach God’s truth as fully and accurately as possible.
Joy – One of the marks of a life of faith in Jesus is “a profound sense of well-being regardless of the circumstances.” When joy is unleashed, there is a whimsical ease with a person and a community.
Humility – Understanding that I am no better than, or lower than, any other person. We are all equal before a holy and eternal God. In a “me first” culture, this is a radical message and it is inspiring to see it in action. One of our leadership adages here is, “If you aren’t willing to serve, you’re not ready to lead.” Jesus’ leadership was rooted in His humility and a servant’s heart.
Generosity – Life is a gift from God. All the “stuff” of life is part of the package. Our time, talents/abilities, money, material possessions are all a gift. We are stewards or caretakers of the resources from the perspective of how they can be used to bless, encourage and support others. True generosity is never the result of pressure, manipulation or guilt. It is the result of love for God and others.