Because youth are important to Christ (Matthew 19:14), they should be to the church also. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to train children while they are young with godliness and ministry.
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 practical life choices, daily Bible study and prayer.
Our purpose is accomplished by a three part plan. It involves the following:
- Bible Knowledge – studying and knowing God’s Word, then applying it to life situations (2Timothy 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; 2Peter 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 “parent‑helpers” 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 an interactive setting during the Teens’ Evening Sunday School. Pastor Jack Lezza leads this in‑depth teaching time. Following the Sunday School, the Youth Group meets for games, testimonies, spiritual challenges, and food. The entire group meets for Wednesday Evening Bible Study with Pastor Jack.
Regular teen activities include Memorial Day family picnic, Fall Festival with outdoor games, food, and bonfire, teen camp, and a yearly Banquet. Monthly activities inject fun and fellowship. Recent activities include: paintball, softball, Nerf night, and a “Digital Decathlon” scavenger hunt.