As with all ministries in Colonial Baptist Church, the youth ministry exists primarily to glorify God. The goal of the ministry is to shape maturing teens into young adults who love and worship Jesus Christ, by providing contexts for them to experience, apply, and proclaim the glorious gospel.
The Role of Parents
To facilitate the training of the youth, parents are equipped to effectively disciple their teens, with the help of the church community. Rather than parents abdicating their role to the youth pastor, parents are encouraged to be heavily involved in all youth activities and to be the primary means of grace in their children’s lives.
Meetings and Activities
The format and structure of the youth ministry consists of weekly corporate and small groups meetings, and service days throughout the year. The weekly meetings provide an opportunity for youth to take an active role through prayer, worship, service, etc. They are also used as a platform for teaching about biblical expectations for young adults and teen/parent relationships. Teachings are often discussed and applied through biblical fellowship at small group meetings. Recreational and service activities provide additional opportunities for fellowship and relational development.
God’s Faithfulness to Bring Fruit
With strong parental involvement, under the direction of effective biblical leadership, we have seen God’s faithfulness in revealing Himself to many of the youth, as they have recognized their need for the Savior. The fruit has been abundant as we have seen many of the youth assume their place as vital members of the church community, serving alongside the adults. The youth are constantly growing to see Colonial Baptist Church as their own church, not simply as the one they attend with their parents.