Parenting is hard work. Raising kids who live out their faith in our culture is hard. We know this and understand it. It is our goal to partner with parents to help kids through the teen years so that they will walk in truth as they leave high school.
The Chapel's missions is "Growing Committed followers of Jesus Christ who live to glorify God exhibiting fruit in their lives by building relatinships with God and with one another brearing responsibilities for evangelism and discipleship being rooted in Christ and His Word."
In Student Ministries, we take it a step further, making it more specific for teens who are growing in faith with action steps. The Chapel Student Ministries' mission is "Growing committed followers of Jesus Christ who REACH the lost, CONNECT with God and other believers, GROW in their faith, SERVE those around them, and HONOR God with their lives."
Our strategy for embracing our mission:
Guest Environment - we try to create environments that will specifically welcome and speak to guests. We understand that for many, church can be an uncomfortable life change and so we want to welcome in our guests in a way they will feel more comfortable.
Friend Environment - These environments (ministries) are for students who are on a friendship level with God and other teens.
Family Environment - This is where we grow deeper in our relationship with God and learn what it means to be the body of Christ as Scripture tells us too.
Neighbors Ministry - This is where we reach out to the community and world to share and demonstrate the love of Christ.
We asked ourselves, "what are the most important things that we want to make sure every teen knows by the time they graduate". We want to know that we have given the teens as good of a chance as we can give them to walk in truth post high school. Below is a list of the five competencies that we believe every teen must know.
1. Authentic Faith
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- God can be trusted; He will do all He has promised to do.
2. Healthy Relationships
- Proverbs 13:20
- Your relationships determine the direction and quality of your life.
3. Wise Choices
- Ephesians 5:15-17
- Walk wisely.
- Colossian 2:8
- All truth comes from God.
5. Others First
- Philippians 2:3-11
- When you make yourself nothing, you're really something.
This is a list of links that will take you to a variety of resources to assist you in raising a teenager. We understand that teens can be challengeing but there are a ton of great resources out there. Hopefully this will give you a good start.