Our desire is to help students experience Christ as their greatest desire.

We do this by focusing on these areas:

1. Walking along side parents
2. Maximize our time with students by focusing on 3 things:
A. Helping students: Discover for themselves all that we have in Christ.
B. Helping students: Love People and NOT Projects.
C. Helping students: Taste what it’s like to Impact The World For Christ.

Core Values

Recent statistics tell us that over 80% of the kids that grow up in the church will eventually fall away from their faith by the time they graduate from college.  That’s right, 80%!  We feel that one of the main reasons for this sad reality is that often kids don’t go the church because they sense a nedd for Christ in their lives; instead they go to make mom and dad happy!

Unfortunately many youth ministries don’t do much to help students see their need for Jesus – often “youth group” is often heavy on making  friends and having fun, but weak on listening to questions youth have about the Bible, sharing the gospel with student who don’t know Jesus as their King, and discipling Christian teenagers by challenging them to grow in their faith.  We work really hard to not be just another social event in the lives of young people, but rather we seek to be help youth see the relevance of the Jesus, the Bible, and the church in their lives.  It’s no easy task , especially in today’s pluralistic culture, but these core values guide our way:

The Glory of God: Our hope is that students would be overwhelmed by the glory of God (the majesty and splendor and supreme value of the perfection of who God is and what He has done).  As a result they would glorify him by calling attention to His greatness and showing His supreme value by delighting in Him and cherishing Him above all things.

Biblical Teaching: This is teaching which reveals what the Bible says in specific scriptures, carefully explaining and illustrating its meaning and applying it to our student’s lives and to our student ministry community.  It is making the teaching of the Bible central in our experience together.

Doctrine and Theology: Paul emphatically tells Titus to “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).  We are concerned not only with how we teach but what we teach.  Cherishing doctrine and theology is a commitment to know the God of the Bible as He has revealed Himself in scripture.

Gospel Centered: The gospel is not simply a way to be saved from the penalty of sin, but is the fundamental dynamic for living the whole Christian life.  So while the gospel triumphantly saves lost souls, it also transforms every part of our heart, mind, and life by believing the gospel more and more deeply as our life goes on.

Growth through Discipleship: A ministry which grows numerically is a great thing, but the true measure of spiritual growth is increasing holiness rooted in a true love for God, a passion for Christ’s glory and the pursuit of personal holiness.  The world doesn’t need a great number of mediocre witnesses, but firm believers who are wholly abandoned to the Cross.

Small Groups: We believe Christ-centered life change happens best in small groups.  We labor to create authentic, honest, biblical, caring small groups where students can experience the person of Christ through other believers.

Loving the Church: We want students to appreciate the intrinsic value of the local church through attendance, giving, prayer, service, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.  We want students to love and serve the church because Christ also loves the church.

Biblical Leadership: We seek to empower students to lead/mentor other students by using their gifts to serve both small groups and in one-on-one settings.  We endeavor to create leadership opportunities for students to affect real life change in others for the sake and call of Christ.  Leadership is paramount to growing a healthy and far-reaching student ministry.  Vision, mobilization, motivation, and strategic direction are necessary for both appeal and impact.

Fellowship: We seek to connect students to one another through authentic friendship in a wide variety of contexts: philanthropic, social, spiritual, etc.  The grounds of fellowship is faith and the goal of fellowship is to be built up in our relationship to Christ and one another.

Evangelism and Missions: We believe every Christian student is called to communicate the truth of the gospel.  We hold that evangelism all over the world must continue until every person is worshiping Christ.  Thus evangelism exists because worship does not.  The worship of Christ is our ultimate end and missions and evangelism are the means by which this is accomplished.  Effective evangelism requires relationships, dialogue, and a willingness to journey together.  A Socratic form of evangelism – question-based, rather than didactic; long-term rather than hit-and-run; conversational rather than confrontational; backed-up by personal modeling rather than institutional traditions and dogma – is what we think works best.

Ministry Excellence: “Whatever you do, work it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will recieve an inhertitance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23).  We want to display the value of Christ through all we do.  We want a positive first impression and lasting memory left with every student – especially impressionable nonbelievers and young believers.  Our culture emphasizes and demonstrates excellence.  We want to be culturally relevant.  We wnt to present Christ in such a way that the only thing that determines one’s acceptance or rejection of Him is based on Him alone.

Our Goals for Students

Freshman Have read the New Testament
Be active in a small group (D Group)
Have an adult prayer partner
Attend Westkirk/ Urban Hts. Senior High Events
Suggested readings: Jesus Freaks by DC Talk, New Christians Start Here by Peter Jeffrey, The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper

Sophomores Have read the New and Old Testaments
Be active in a small group (D Groups)
Have an adult prayer partner
Attend Westkirk/ Urban Hts. Senior High Events
Be active in sharing your faith
Suggested readings: Desiring God by John Piper, Pursuit of Happiness by Jerry Bridges, Chosen By God by RC Sproul

Juniors
Be actively studying the Scriptures
Be active in a small group (D Groups)
Have an adult prayer partner Attend Westkirk/ Urban Hts. Senior High Events
Be active in sharing your faith be taking on leadership roles in the student ministry and in the church
Have attended a mission trip
Suggested readings: Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges, Practice the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

Seniors
Be actively studying the Scriptures
Be active in a small group (D Groups)
Have an adult prayer partner Attend Westkirk/ Urban Hts. Senior High Events
Be active in sharing your faith be taking on leadership roles in the student ministry and in the church
Have attended a mission trip
Be respected among your peers for spiritual reasons
Suggested readings: Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Chambers, Without A Doubt by Kenneth Samples

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