West St. Charles Baptist Church
Thursday, October 19, 2017
His Light on the West Bank

Ministry Goals

It is the goal of the youth ministry of West St. Charles Baptist Church to build and prepare students to have a solid spiritual foundation when they leave the safety of their homes and youth ministry. We do this through teaching and re-teaching seven, irreducible, minimum, student-specific principles. These principles are not all that is important, but they are what is most important for students.

All of our programming will include one or more of these principles in its purpose, design, and function.
 
These principles are:
Authentic Faith
Spiritual Disciplines
Moral Boundaries
Healthy Friendships
Wise Choices
Ultimate Authority
Others First
 
 
Authentic Faith
Principle: God can be trusted; He will do all He has promised to do.
Key Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Goal: To lead students to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and let Him guide the every area of their lives. This focuses on a correct understanding of faith. Confusion in this one area is the primary reason so many students abandon Christianity. True faith is confidence that God is who He says He is, and confidence that He will do everything He has promised to do.
 
Spiritual Disciplines
Principle: When you see as God sees, you will do as God says.
Key Passage: Romans 12:2 - Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Goal: To lead students to develop a consistent devotional and prayer life.
This focus is on students' devotional life. The apostle Paul says that true spiritual transformation begins with a renewed mind. Only as teenagers begin to renew their minds according to the truths of Scripture will their attitude and behavior begin to change.
 
Moral Boundaries
Principle: Purity paves the way to intimacy.
Key Passage:1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 - It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Goal: To lead students to establish and maintain godly moral boundaries.
This focus is to teach teenagers to establish clear moral limits. They need to learn how to protect their bodies and emotions by honoring God's plan for sex and morality. The depth of their intimacy with God and others is dependent upon it.
 
Healthy Friendships
Principle:Your friends will determine the direction and quality of your life.
Key Passage: Proverbs 13:20 - He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
Goal: To lead students to establish healthy friendships and avoid unhealthy ones.
The people students associate with the most will have a direct impact on the decisions they make and the standards they choose. Healthy friendships build them up and draw them closer to God; unhealthy friendships bring them down and cause them to compromise what they know is right.
 
Wise Choices
Principle: Walk wisely
Key Passage: Ephesians 5:15-17 - Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
Goal: To lead students to make wise choices in every area of their lives.
This principle focuses on the necessity of applying godly wisdom to the choices students make. Good decision making is more than simply choosing between right and wrong. Teenagers need to learn to ask, "in light of my past experience and my future dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do in this situation?"
 
Ultimate Authority
Principle: Maximum freedom is found under God's authority.
Key Passage: Romans 13:1-2 - Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
Goal: To lead students to submit to the authorities God has placed over them.
Teenagers often view freedom and authority as opposing concepts. But the Bible teaches that true freedom is found under authority. This principle focuses on students' need to recognize God's ultimate authority and respect the earthly authorities He has placed over them.
 
Others First
Principle: Consider others before yourself.
Key Passage: Philippians 2:3-11 - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Goal: To lead students to put the needs of others before their own.
Selfishness comes naturally to teenagers (as well as the rest). Selflessness, however, must be learned. The Bible says that Jesus "made Himself nothing" in order to serve the people He loved. He put the needs of others ahead of His own. This principle focuses on the true nature of humility and service.