The goal of THRIVE Teens is to Love God, Love People, Help Others, and Share God by equipping our young people to be influential men and women of God. We believe this generation of youth have more tools than ever to carry out His divine purpose. Through sound teaching of The Word and practical applications, it is our goal to empower our students to grow in wisdom, understanding of the Bible, and love for God and one another.
Our desire is to see a THRIVE-ing group of young people, lead by the Holy Spirit and on fire for the Lord, who reflect Psalm 1:3, “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
Each Wednesday Night and every Sunday morning, THRIVE Students meet together for an engaging time of ministry, to experience God’s presence and begin to uncover God’s purpose for their life. We serve students from 7th through 12th grade and equip them to navigate life from a Biblical perspective and help prepare them for future success.
As students grow up, it is our desire to encourage them in their walk with Christ. Mentors (Small group leaders) are committed to caring for students, praying for them, and challenging them to live out their faith every day. We do not believe that our students are the future of the church, but that they are the church. With a charge to energize the church by serving Christ, we want to offer students the opportunity to serve in many areas on Sunday mornings
We want our students to dig deep and reach out; to know God(Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8-10)and make him known.(Matthew 28:18-20, John 13:34-35, Galatians 6:10)
TO THRIVE, we encourage students to:
into the roots of their relationship with Jesus. This helps us understand who God is and who we are in him. We dig in to know God (Deuteronomy 29:29, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119, Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2Peter 1:20-21)
We will dig in to our root system by seeking to strengthen our relationship with God.
This means growing in your faith. This means going to church and diving in to worship time. Take your Bible. Take notes. Stay engaged. Review the notes and Scripture references afterward. Pray all week about the points you learned. Pour over Scripture every day, including weekends, and ask God to speak to you through his Word and his Holy Spirit.
Community is key. You don’t need to be an attender. You need to be an engager, a builder. You need to become an integral part of the class and therefore, a kingdom builder. If you attend worship and nothing else, your only fellowship is to wait for someone to talk to you during greeting time. You won’t grow as much as you would in the safety of those like yourself. You have to be in a group of like-minded believers who realize they can’t do life alone.
to others. This helps us to show the world that we belong to Jesus and that Jesus is God. We reach out to make God known.(Isaiah 49:6, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 14:13-14, 1 Peter 3:15)
The only way to be the hands and feet of Jesus is to obey him and serve others. If our Creator God can wash the sweaty, filthy feet of men who wore sandals, we can humble ourselves and put others ahead of ourselves.
Your purpose it to know God and make him known. Your purpose is to point to the one true God, Jesus Christ. All believers should commit to being purposeful in their relationships and in living out the gospel. Share your story. Show your scars. Tell people about Jesus and the hope found only in him. Always be ready to give the reason for that hope.