It is our
goal to train our teens to walk in truth
and obedience to the Bible, to teach them to worship and honor Christ in all aspects of their lives, then for
them to demonstrate a willingness and an attitude for work in the ministry of Christ, which will then lead to an outward
difference in their lives and the winning
of souls to Christ, and finally this will come full circle by welcoming more teens into Christian
fellowship and discipleship.
- Walk - We need to purposefully teach our teens
to walk in the truth, to willingly be set apart, and to display obedience
to God not just at Church or home but in every aspect of their life.
- Worship - We
need to make sure our teens understand this; that participating in worship
is more important than being “busy” elsewhere.
- Work - Teaching
them to serve gives them ownership in our Church and its’ ministries
instead of this being their “Parent’s Church”. Establishing an ownership
and making it a joy to serve can carry over into other Churches as they
may move away from the area. That is
why nearly half of our teen activities are “Teen Work Days” to help foster
a serving heart not a “play-time” group or atmosphere.
- Witness - it is important to not only train and encourage our teens to
have a bold and open witness but even more to teach that our actions speak
very loudly (if not louder) and this shows our true desire for lost
souls. If we witness with our mouth
but do not show a difference in our behavior we are false witnesses, and
on the day of inspection our actions need to be such as to glorify Christ.
- Welcome Others - We must have a
purpose to bring in other teens to nurture their growth and service in the
Lord. But this purpose is not our
primary or first purpose but an important part that completes the circle
of all the previous purposes. We
must welcome other teens to a fun and relaxing environment created for
discipleship; not to a party