It is our desire that the youth of Cornerstone Community Church enter adulthood with a relationship with God, and not just practicing a religion. We would like to see our youth enter adulthood with the following attributes:
- An intimate relationship with God
- A knowledge of His Word
- A passion for prayer and worship
- The desire and the ability to share the gospel with others
- Discernment to know and do God’s will
- Godly friendships that will encourage and sharpen each other
- A desire for ministry and involvement in the church
With relationships a key part of a young adult’s life, we know that:
1. The first and foremost relationship is our relationship with God.
Jesus gave as the most important commandment:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Matthew 22:37
He also defined eternal life not as just a destination after death, but instead a relationship with God:
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
These Scriptures are foundational to our vision, and we will base our curriculum, activities, events and communication upon fostering a relationship with God.
2. The other focus of the youth group will be relationships with others.
Jesus responded to the one inquiring about the greatest commandment:
“The second commandment is similar to the first: love your neighbor as yourselves.” Matthew 22:39
Also, Jesus highlighted healthy relationships as a benchmark of true faith:
“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
We will focus, then, not only on nurturing a love relationship between the youth and the Lord, but also how that love translates horizontally into their relationships with each other, their families, their friends, their peers, and the world.
Plan: Note: We believe the Youth group should be eventually broken into three groups, each with their own study–and if possible–leader. These groups are College, High School and Jr. High. This may not be possible at this time, but could perhaps become a goal.
To direct our youth to the Lord and Godly relationships, we will have weekly meetings, ministry activities, events, and personal communication.
- Weekly meetings:
- Activity time – fellowship is fostered and friendships nurtured when kids have fun together. The activity could be a game, an activity outside, a team building exercise, or a task to accomplish. Occasionally, youth group will comprise completely of an activity, such as a movie night, coffee night, board game night, etc.
- Musical Worship – Facilitated by an adult, youth will be lead worshipers in front of their peers and worship the Lord through song. The focus is on a joyful celebration of who God is and what God has done for us, who were once dead in sin. The goal is to mature in our worship and approach God with reverence and thankfulness. The importance of the choice of music is that it holds solid biblical truth and points people to Christ .
- Chat & Pray – get together and catch up on each others’ weeks. Find out what is going on in kid’s lives and pray for needs that arise.
- Breakout – girls and guys will separate and pursue accountability
- Fellowship – refreshments and fellowship.
- Bible Study and Teaching:A relationship with God is developed by spending time in His Word. Romans 10:17 says “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ”. We will continually encourage the youth to be in the Word daily. We will study verse by verse through the Scriptures, occasionally taking a break for a topical study.
- Ministry Events:God is glorified when we use our gifts to further His kingdom. We will have ministry opportunities for the youth to serve in the community and also a yearly “mission” trip.
- Activities:In addition to the weekly meetings, we will have other activities with the youth group to foster their relationships with each other. These would include rock climbing, an improv night (kids share musical or theatrical talent, etc.) a Christian concert, Girls Night Out, etc.
- Communication:We will communicate with the youth through encouraging notes, birthday cards, and telephone calls. We will also communicate with the parents via phone calls, monthly calendars, and letters of upcoming events, curriculum notes, etc.
- Family Connections:Youth will be encouraged to participate in the relationships of their immediate family and occasionally there will be events to facilitate youth growing in the relationships within their family. It is not a coincidence that the first commandment (of the Ten Commandments) dealing with human relationships speaks to relationships within the family, specifically to that of a child to his or her parents. We want our youth to be youth that embrace their family, rather than isolate themselves from their family. Activities with this in mind could include a father and son retreat, a father and daughter dinner, a mother and son date night, or a family day hike.
- The support and encouragement of the elders is important. The Director of Family Ministries will meet with the elders on a regular basis for prayer concerning the youth group. The youth group should not be viewed as a side ministry that doesn’t need the attention of the elders, but rather as a core ministry of the church.
- We see parents as being vital to the success of the youth ministry. We encourage parents to be involved in youth events and support the youth ministry with their time, discipleship of their children, and prayer. It is important that the youth group is not to be seen as a substitute for parenting. Youth leaders and youth group exists to serve the home by coming alongside the family to encourage godliness and maturity in God’s Word.