When We Meet:
Fellowship Group for Junior and Senior High Teens meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the main room for the song service and then moves to the administration area of Discovery Land for their study time. (Theresa Mellies 434-2637)
*For further information or answers to any questions, contact Eric Mellies 434-0076 or Theresa Mellies 434-2637
Our Teen Ministry Exists to
REACH non-believing students,
to CONNECT them with other Christians,
to help them GROW in their faith, and
to challenge the growing
to DISCOVER their ministry and
HONOR God with their life.
REACH non-believing students (evangelism)“ Go and make disciples of all nations”
CONNECT them with other Christians (fellowship) “Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Help them GROW in their faith (discipleship) “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”
DISCOVER their ministry (ministry) “Love your neighbor as yourself"
HONOR God with their life (worship) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 22:37-40)
Values to Accomplish the Purpose:
1. Create a positive, friendly environment.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-40
Teens need to know they are loved and that they will not be ridiculed or embarrassed when they come.
2. Promote relationships and community.
“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
Teens want to feel connected to each other and know they are an important part of the group.
3. Give understandable, relevant messages with spiritual substance.
“Jesus always used stories and illustrations like these when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables.” Matthew 13:34
“Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
Teens need to have God’s word presented to them in a way they can understand and can relate to.
4. Have leaders that are committed to personal spiritual growth and to shepherding teens.
“Care for the flock of God entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your good example.” 1 Peter 5:2-3
Teens need leaders who are spiritually maturing and can reflect God’s love to them through loving, caring relationships.
5. Challenge teens to be evangelistic in their thoughts and actions.
“But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Teens care deeply about each other and want the best for their friends.
6. Challenge teens to make changes and move forward in their relationship with God.
“And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself.” James 1:22
Teens want a life that brings them joy and pleasure – the good life.
7. Promote teen involvement in our ministry and in other ministries in the church.
“For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
Teens want to make a difference with their lives.
8. Create an environment where teens feel they are a part of the whole church family.
"Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
Teens need to feel the support of the whole church family and to comfortably move from the teen ministry to the adult ministry as they graduate.