In light of God’s command for parents to disciple their children (Deuteronomy 6:6; Ephesians 6:4) our job in youth ministry is to assist parents in this task. We want to supplement and encourage godly training in the home, not replace or stand in opposition to it. Because of this intentional family-based priority, Kennewick Baptist Youth Ministry seeks to create a ministry partnership between parents and youth leaders. We hope that our youth ministry will be a significant resource for parents as they guide their children into godly and mature adulthood.
We will strive with parents to help our students treasure Christ above all things, understand and love God’s Word, and grow in godliness.
“…to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)
“…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:11-16)
“…bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4)
How do we accomplish this task? We will focus on the following four specific goals.
1. Teach the Word of God
The importance of Scripture for spiritual growth cannot be overstated. The Apostle Paul helps us understand the role of God’s Word for growth in spiritual maturity:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:1-17)
We take the responsibility of teaching God’s Word to students very seriously. Our teaching will focus mainly on the Biblical text itself. There are many needs and concerns that arise in life, and there are times when we may cover some of these in our youth ministry. However, the main emphasis of this ministry will be to carefully teach through the Scripture itself; avoiding preoccupation with “felt needs” and allowing God’s Word to speak to all areas of students’ lives.
2. Provide Mentorship & Discipleship through Small Groups
Our aim is to help students grow in spiritual maturity. One way we want to help make this happen is in the context of mentoring relationships. Young believers will grow best with the help of more mature believers. Parents play the most significant role in this endeavor, yet other godly adults can often have a significant impact on the spiritual growth of children, especially in the teenage years. Our desire is to connect teenagers with adults who will guide them toward maturity and set an example of godliness for the students.
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13)
- Mentors must be members of KBC and be appointed by Youth Team Leader and affirmed by Council of Elders and will have met necessary prerequisites
(i.e. background check, interview with staff member)
- Adult women will only mentor girls; Adult men will only mentor boys.
- Mentoring will be done with a small number of students (preferably 3-4).
- The goal is that these students will grow in maturity and be able to disciple others, both now and later in life.
3. Encourage Service & Evangelism
As students grow into maturity in Christ, we want to begin challenging them to proclaim the gospel to others. Our goal is to make them aware of God’s command to proclaim the good news of the gospel to those who don’t believe.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9)
We will focus on helping students understand the gospel well, both for their own benefit and also in order that they may have confidence to share the good news with others. We will also seek to find opportunities for the students to serve those who are in need, with the ultimate aim of sharing the gospel with others.
We want to help our students understand that being part of the body of Christ means growing in our love for one another, both young and old. Hopefully mentoring relationships will help students grow in friendships with older believers. But we also want to encourage their relationships with one another as they walk through the same stage of life together.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1John 1:7)
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1Thessalonians 5:11)
9:00am: Students participate in the KBC corporate worship gathering
10:45am: Students meet in small groups (middle school & high school meet separately)
6:15pm: Mid week youth group and worship (finished by 7:45pm)