August 24, 2016

Leading The Next Generation

This week our middle school and high school ministries are taking over our weekend!

They are taking over every volunteer spot, from greeting our church family as they walk through the doors, to helping Charlie and the team lead us in worship at every service.

And we cannot wait. We cannot wait because our youth is the next generation. Our youth will soon take our place, they will soon be leading this church, leading The Church.

“Our youth is the future of the church- the next generation. In 10 years, the youth will stand where we stand now. The youth will be what holds the church together.” – Allie Mendez, Youth Worship Director

Allie Mendes leads worship at one of Cornerstone's student services.

This is why leading our youth and encouraging them to take part in our ministries in and outside the church is so important.

“Youth Ministry is a once in a life time opportunity; it is the place that ignites our students’ faith for a life time! It’s the place where students don’t find another program to fit into, but a group of healthy friends that share their faith and will kindle that flame. Youth Ministry is the place that prepares our students to not simply be a part of the world, but to impact the world; letting their light shine like a city on a hill. It’s the place where our students are equipped to become the passionate adults you’ve been praying they will become.” – Tyler Moore, Junior High Pastor

Tyler Moore gives a message in a Middle School service.

Not only is youth ministry a place for our youth to grow and thrive, but it is the beginning of creating a solid foundation on which their faith can grow.

“Youth Ministry is the ‘foundation’ building of our students’ faith. Without this solid foundation, our students have barely anything to build their faith upon. A successful transition into the increased independence of young adulthood and one’s growing faith, stands or falls on the foundation, or lack thereof, on which they’re standing.” – Nick, High School Pastor

Nick Johnson in fellowship with some of his students at Cornerstone.

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

“Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Here at Cornerstone we strive to disciple our youth to be the leaders of the next generation. We want to encourage them to engage in worship, study the word of God, and fall deeper in love with Jesus than ever before. We want them to not be afraid to share the Good News, or to raise their hands in worship. We want to strengthen them to speak up when they see any injustice and teach them the grace and wisdom to lead their friends out of a crippling family divorce.

That is why we believe Student Ministry is so important: because they are the next generation; they need a place to encourage and lead them in their faith, creating a solid foundation for a beautiful faith and belief in Jesus Christ.

So our students, our youth, are taking over this weekend, and they are going to show us that God’s is truly working in and through the Next Generation!

A group of students at Cornerstone engage in spirit-filled worship.

New to Cornerstone? Plan A Visit today and join us this weekend as Pastor Ron continues our Sermon Series on the book of Acts, The Voyage.

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