God has given the people of Independent Baptist Church a desire to meet the spiritual needs of today's youth. In order to meet these needs, Independent has a purpose, a plan, and a program that involves the parents.
The purpose of our Youth Ministry is to see young people become spiritually mature individuals (Ephesians 4:11-13). We know that a young person will mature spiritually as their relationship with God grows (Philippians 3:10). Therefore, we emphasize a personal, growing relationship with God through daily Bible reading and prayer.
Our purpose is accomplished by a three part plan. It involves the following:
- Bible Knowledge - studying and knowing God's Word in order to apply it to life situations (2 Timothy 3:15-17) Biblical knowledge should direct us toward a personal relationship with Christ.
- Character Development - learning to exhibit a Christ-like attitude in every situation of life (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-9; Philippians 2:5)
- Evangelism & Discipleship - spreading the Gospel and helping others grow spiritually (Matthew 28:19,20)
All youth programs at Independent Baptist Church involve at least one of these parts of the plan.
Parents serve a vital role in our Youth Ministry. If our Youth Ministry accomplishes the above purposes, it will strengthen individual homes and families. Because God has ordained the home to teach and train children, the youth workers must complement the parents as a 'parent-helper' in their teaching and training. Our Youth Ministry will always seek to build loyalty in and around the home. This involves teen to parent and parent
to teen (Malachi 4:6).
The Bible is taught in a small group, interactive setting during Teen Sunday School. Pastor Jack Lezza leads this in-depth teaching time. Following the Sunday Evening Service, the Youth Group meets for games, testimonies, spiritual challenges, and food. Once per month, these Youth Group meetings are held separately for 7th through 9th grade, and 10th through 12th. Wednesday evening the "Manna Bible Study" group meets from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. to review their daily devotions. The entire group meets for Wednesday Evening Bible Study with Pastor Jack.
Regular teen activities include an annual camping trip, Memorial Day family picnic, Fall Festival with outdoor games, food, and bonfire, and a yearly Christmas Banquet. Monthly activities inject fun and fellowship. Recent activities include: Bowling Bonanza, Classic Movie Night, Boys Paintball, Girls Slumber Party, Parent & Teens Softball, and "Digital Decathlon" Scavenger Hunt.