Many of our youth have been deeply touched by revival. That fire shows in the way they minister among the adults as members of the ministry team at our services and it shows in their heart for outreach. They’ve done trans-local missions to inspire other youth groups in other cities, as well as witnessing on the streets and in their schools. A team of them take food and other items to the homeless on the streets downtown – on their own initiative! It shows in their love for Jesus and in the unrestrained power of their worship.
The rain comes before a flood. THE RAIN is for youth in middle school 6th through 8th grade. This group meets Sunday mornings just after worship and interfaces some with the Thursday night high school group. The focus of this group is to equip and raise middle school students to overcome the obstacles of the world and to learn to walk in the character and nature of Jesus. Every Sunday students go over specific verses in the Bible to help make them strong with the Word of God. Once a year, The Rain goes on a camping trip to Wellington Lake. Students also participate in community service projects.
THE PIT -
“To win the heart of our King and reach a generation with it!”
THE PIT is a group for youth in the 9th through 12th grade age group. The Pit’s main meeting is on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 or 10 p.m., with outreaches, fun nights and youth gatherings planned on different nights throughout the week. The youth room opens at approximately 4 p.m. every Thursday for games, counsel, mentoring, and Bible studies.
The Pit’s concentration is on two things: 1. Knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. This entails seeking intimacy with, offering worship to, basking in the presence of, and encountering the love of Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, and Father God. In our lives and our church, we are desperate to know Him and see His reality be our only reality. 2. Making God known, through witnessing, street ministry, unhinged relationship with others, and a laid-down love and service to those around us. We were saved to be with Him and kept here so others can be, too. We are ambassadors of Christ. His life lives in us. We are not waiting for the lost and hurting to come to us; we are going to them, no matter how deep or far we must go.
Bible study, personal and group discipleship, worship, fun, and evangelism facilitate development of an identity flowing from an intimate relationship with Jesus.
Greg Wanberg, Mike Pike, and their team of trained servants seek to facilitate the tangible presence of God and His life-changing love, as well as to demonstrate the necessity and fruit of sold-out, radical Christianity.
This generation is dying to know who they are, the purpose of their lives, and that they are valuable. They are dying to know, and we are not going to make them wait any longer to find out. Romans 8:19 & 23
For everyone who chooses the faith:
Called: John 15:16, Jeremiah 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:20
Equipped: Luke 4:18, Romans 12:2
Sent: Ezekiel 37:1, 4 & 10, Joshua 1:6, Matthew 16:18
It is time for this generation to increase, to take its rightful place in the kingdom, and see heaven come to earth. Recently, the Lord has changed our entire way of thinking. Our destiny is heaven, our mission is to bring heaven to earth. A little while ago, the Lord led me to the passage in Ezekiel about dead bones rising from the ashes to form powerful soldiers and people of true power and love. God is going to raise a dead generation, and it is upon us now. Iranaeus once said, “The glory of God is man fully alive,” and in these last days we are being led to bring life that they may have it to the fullest. Watch out, for the entire expression of Christianity is about to change in one generation, and just before the end, light will rule. –Pastor, Nathan Sandford