Over the last year, our youth group has seen some amazing changes. We have seen new leaders join our team and see their gifts and passions be used in furthering His kingdom. We have also seen a whole new group of young people enter the doors of our church and coming to know Faith Center Youth Group as their home. We have gone from seeing an average of 25 students attending regularly, to now seeing sometimes over 50 on any given Wednesday. Sometimes, however, when we see rapid growth, we also see some growing pains. The changes within youth group have not been simply in the numbers; it has also changed WHO is coming through the doors. Through some wonderful outreach oriented ministries (namely 5th Quarter) we have come to see a large number of our population be individuals who do not attend church and many do not know the Lord. This has caused us to reevaluate and adjust some of our structure of youth group.
We will always be very centered on these cornerstones: worship, The Word, prayers, and fellowship. These things will alwa
ys be at the core of what we do at FCYG. The goal of youth group is to create a secure and open environment of growth and discipleship for our youth, where a personal relationship with Christ can begin and deepen. Using His word as our guide, we see His love and grace poured out on His people throughout the scriptures, but it also comes with correction and consequences when needed. We are now at a point where it is necessary for us to bring loving and grace filled correction and consequences when there are things that prevent us from creating that environment. We want to make sure that we are coupling correction with encouragement, so that church does not become the building where we modify our behavior, but rather let it be known that Christ loves us wherever we are, but He doesn’t want to leave us there. He is doing a radical work in us, and we want our lives (everywhere) to reflect His glory. What we have put in place is a list of seven expectations to help create this atmosphere.
- Come meet with God (Choose to grow)
- No Phones/Devices
- Respect…Leaders, Each other, Speaker, Building, Parking Lot
- Check your words
- Be punctual and stay put
- No Purple (space between boys and girls)
- Have Fun!
We have also enacted a policy in which we will give lots of grace and use discernment to give an individual 3 opportunities to make a the choices to help us create a place to grow. If they choose to be disrespectful or be disruptive the goal of youth group, we will request that they exit yout
h group for that week, and we gladly welcome them back the following week where we will start afresh all over again. With this last piece, there will of course be a phone call home letting parents know what took place.
We would love to extend an invitation for you to partner with us with the changes God as brought through our doors.. There are three specific ways you can partner with us. The first is prayer. Pray for the young people coming through our doors both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, that they can find the shelter and refuge available at the foot of the cross. Pray for our leaders that we can reflect His love and grace, even when we need to bring correction. The second is by joining us. If you are interested in coming down to the church during one of our youth meetings and being a presence in the lobby or even just tucking into one of the side rooms and praying while we meet, you are definitely invited to do so! You can also join the team! The first step is taking the Reducing the Risk class so that we can cover and release you into ministry. The third is to communicate. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please know that my door is always open. We are in need of your prayer and communication of what the Lord might be showing you, we don’t see it all or know it all, so we would love to have all hands on deck! If you would like to get a hold me there are a few ways to do so, one being the church office: 541-963-8063, and the other is my email (leave an email below) Please, never hesitate! God bless and thank you!