Our Teens meet Friday evenings at 8pm
Open to grades 6 – 12 or ages 12-19.
A recent stat shows that the contemporary church is seeing a mass exodus of young adults walking away from their faith in their late teens and early twenties. Some studies say the percentage is around 80% while others estimate it to be much higher.
Here at SIBC we desire, by God’s grace not to be a part of those stats. So how then do we accomplish this? Our Youth Ministry is based upon the following:
1. A Strong Local Church
Jesus died for the church. It is His divine authorized institution for His work on earth. A youth group should not be a stand-alone entity, but an integral part of a larger body – a local church. The youth group should support and mirror the church program, and the teens should have a good relationship with their pastor. (Ephesians 5:25)
2. Solid Bible Teaching
Bottom line, through the ministry of the church, we are to teach the Bible and persuade young people to live biblically for the rest of their lives. We endeavour to give quality time to preparing and teaching practical, Bible lessons the kind that helpour youthunderstand truth and embrace it. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
3. One-on-One Time and Personal Ministry
Relationships are vital, and authentic ministry happens up close. Youth ministry happens as much one-on-one as it does with a group. Though our group has plenty of “group time,” our one-on-one relationships with students create the platform for group ministry. We will endeavour tospend much of our “youth ministry time” taking kids out to lunch, out soul-winning, having smaller groups to our home, and generally trying to love and encourage one another personally. (1 Thessalonians 2:11)
4. Ministry and Outreach
It’s vital to allow and compel the teens to serve the Lord and others. Involving them in a soul-winning program, service opportunities, music opportunities, etc. is so important. The strongest, most mature, and joyful Christian teens I know are those that sing, serve, soul-win and give. They are living their faith, and their commitment to Christ is real! The more you can encourage young people to live and express their faith through service, the stronger their faith will become. (1 Timothy 4:12)
5. God’s Wisdom and Power
Obviously, this one goes without saying. Ultimately, anything good that comes from our efforts is due to the Lord using us in spite of ourselves. He blesses the principles of His Word and He delights in those who submit to His authority and His truth. We dont need to reinvent anything we just need to teach, preach, and practice Gods Word, anticipating that His power will do the real work. The mystery of changed lives is not in trendy new methods, but in the moving of Gods Holy Spirit. (Zechariah 4:6)