We value the importance of relational ministry above all other programming. Despite our entertainment saturated culture, we are not here simply to entertain youth. Interpersonal relationships are a valuable context for change in a person's life. We desire to partner with parents in teaching the Scriptures and leading godly lives that ultimately shows teens the greatness of God and the love that HE has for us in Jesus.
Age specific groups, divided by gender, meet for prayer and Bible study. These groups are led by staff of adult volunteers. This is the centerpiece of the youth ministry and we see these groups as an essential part of growing and maturing through the teenage years. Students have the opportunity to connect with other students and grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.
6th graders meet on select Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 and 7-12th grades meet on Sunday afternoons from 4:00-6:00.
YoG Night’s are filled with dinner, games, singing, and relevant teaching for everyone in the youth group. We meet at 6:00pm for dinner in the gym, then head to room 3 for school worship. High school and middle school students then divide for age specific teaching from the Bible. High school (9-12th) go to room 6 and middle school (6-8th) stay in room 3 for the teaching time. This night is designed as a way for students to connect with God through Christ-centered worship and teaching, as well as with one another in fellowship.
Every Sunday morning, from 9:45-10:30, during the school year the youth have a class taught by volunteers and parents that focuses on the Bible and on topics that are essential to growing in the Christian faith. The middle school (6-8th) is separated by gender, and the high school (9-12th) meets as a combined group.
In the Fall, we have a retreat called "Reality Weekend" for high school students (9-12th). During this weekend, students participate in worship, hear from a guest speaker, play games, serve throughout the community, and stay overnight in host homes across town.
A Spring retreat is provide for middle school students and is held at YouthFront in Edgerton, KS. From early morning jazzercise to capture the flag, this is a fun-filled weekend designed specifically for 6-8th grade students. Throughout these two days, student will be provided many opportunities to experience worship, prayer, small groups, and biblical instruction that can further strengthen the faith of middle schoolers.
We model our vision for YoG mission trips after Acts 1:8b, "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem [local], and in all Judea and Samaria [state and nationally], and to the ends of the earth [global]." We desire to teach the youth that missions begin in the backyard and from there extend across the globe. These trips exists to provide students with opportunities to share their faith in places and contexts that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. For more information on the various trips CLICK HERE.
Summer Staff Internship - 2017
We are looking for college students who want to be a part of a team of people who love Jesus and love to hang out with teenagers. During the summer we offer full-time paid internships for college students who desire to experience youth ministry in the context of a local church, attend mission trips, and be discipled and taught by local church leaders. It starts May 25 and ends July 31st, 2017. Download the Summer Staff Application HERE. Applications are due by April 1st (no foolin'). Direct any questions to Tyler at .