By Paul Gordon • January 4, 2023
Our culture today is saturated by entertainment — movies, music, TV, sports arenas, etc. All these mediums are preaching their own worldview and are often targeted at the youth. We strive to help students live in this culture, while they live out of a Biblical worldview. We aren’t looking to exit culture, but to engage it.
How do we help students understand and desire this for themselves and for their friends? We focus on three aspects: Our heads, our hearts and our hands.
Head – We provide opportunities for youth to experience and grow in knowledge and worship of God’s truth and His character as revealed in the Scriptures. Heart – We shepherd students in how to respond with critical minds, but not critical hearts; especially within the context of community where they can safely share their questions and build relationships. Hands – We encourage students to sacrificially serve and reflect God’s truth and grace to those within the church, and in their communities outside of the church.
These gatherings include worship, teaching and discussion in age-based small groups. The teaching and group discussions are based off of the current sermon series that the church, as a whole, is studying. During this time, students are encouraged to read the Bible Lectio Coram Deo, which is the same method we utilize in our Tribes.
Teens today are constantly on the move — installing new apps conversing through emojis, using the latest technology, buying the freshest kicks. There is no question: culture changes, and it changes quickly. It is my desire to partner with parents as they navigate their teens toward Christ in this fast pace culture. We acknowledge that parents will have a tremendous influence on their teens holistic growth. With that understanding we want to come alongside parents to inform them about the ever-changing culture that their teens are immersed in, and how Jesus informs their engagement in it. I encourage parents to make their own tribe life a priority. As parents live out their own pilgrim journey in this type of community, they will grow to be a better disciple of Jesus and reflect him to their teens, by speaking truth, showing grace, and being present in their life.