Call them "values", "core convictions", or "irreducible minimums", there are essential truths on which we build our ministry. They are the principles that we both strive for and live by.
Western Hills Youth ministry exists to glorify God by helping junior high and high school students develop into passionate, knowledgeable, and committed disciples of Christ. We believe that we exist to bring glory to God, so everything we do will be designed for that purpose. Whether it’s our times of study, worship, and prayer, our intentional acts of service, or even just how we relate to each other and those around us, this core truth will be our motivation.
At every gathering every person will feel welcome and valued. During our weekly programs, big events, and special activities, we will work to create an environment where everyone, teens and adults, is treated with warmth and respect. This will be the responsibility of both the youth and Guides.
Ministry is bigger than the classroom. We don’t just create opportunities for teens to learn about God. We want God to be a part of our daily lives. We want meaningful community and life-change. We want to be used by God and to bring him glory every day, not just Sunday mornings. We don’t want “church friends” and “school friends”. We want to weave our lives together.
We are more than a “youth group”. A "group" tends to be closed to outsiders and purposeless. We will strive to be a ministry: always open to new people and in which each member serves, encourages, supports, and even corrects the others. Ours is not a ministry “for teenagers”. It is a ministry by teens and the adults who work with them.
Our aim is to create moments in which teens can experience God and his work. Knowing about God is good, but it doesn’t compare to knowing God. And experiencing God, in worship, in service, in scripture, in prayer, or in the community of believers is the beginning of knowing him.
We are part of the greater communities of Western Hills Christian Church and of God’s kingdom. We are not “a church within a church”. We are not “the church of tomorrow”. We are a part of the Church world-wide and inter-generational. And as such, we use the Bible as our guide, we join with the community of believers in worship, prayer, and service, and we seek to be unified with other disciples.