Christside Action Ministries

 

 The Youth Ministry of FCOG

 C.A.M. Motto: “Maximizing Our Purpose!”

Guiding Scripture:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” . . . Philippians 4:13

 

Purpose Statement:

We are special people chosen by God - Who understand  our value in Jesus

Respecting God’s Holy Word - We will achieve our potential

Being wise with opportunities - Committing to Christian service

Striving with a spirit of excellence

 

Mission Statement

Our mission statement based on Luke 2:52 declares that we will develop our youth spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically (body, soul, spirit):

 a.)  Spiritually, with a biblical knowledge of God Word and a sense of God’s purpose for their lives.

b.)    Mentally, with stimulating discussions and workshops to prepare them for their future.

c.)    Socially, interaction with other youth groups and community service.

d.)   Physically, with sports activities and programs to reach other youth in the community.

Ministry Objectives:

 

Facilitate spiritual and social development to youth between the ages of 11 and 18.

  • Ensuring that potential and spiritual gifts of youth and young adults are identified, encouraged, and used in youth fellowship, worship services, recreational and outreach activities.
  • Following up teen converts and providing them with biblical tools to grow spiritually.  Assigning persons to them for discipleship.
  • Directing youth team leaders and incorporating their gifts and ideas.  Facilitating spiritual retreats and prayer times for spiritual renewal.  Providing resources for ministry.
  • Providing biblical counseling to youth experiencing personal problems and to ensure interaction with their families.  Maintaining healthy communication and support with parents/guardians.  Any areas of concern will be referred to the Youth Minister, the Church’s Marriage & Family Therapist or the Senior Pastor.
  • Management of ministry teams within Christside Action Ministries.

Structural Guidelines:

 

Youth fellowship meetings are held each Friday night unless otherwise stated.

  1. Youth age limit is 11-18 years old.
  2. Youth meetings commence at 7:00pm and officially end at 9:00pm.  Youth choir rehearsals are currently postponed until a musician and director are secured. 
  3. Youth counselors and leaders will not be responsible for transportation of youth to and from youth meetings unless by special request of the parent and agreement by the leader.
  4. Youth counselors will keep in constant contact with parents on issues related to their youth and the youth department.
  5. Youth counselors will be available to address any parental concerns or issues arising with their youth.
  6. Youth counselors will be available to all youth for counseling on any subject.  If there are matters beyond their control they will be referred to the Youth Minister, or the Senior Pastor.

Youth Minister’s Responsibilities:

To oversee and administrate the youth ministry of the First Church of God, North Shore, Pembroke.  As Minister, he or she functions out of the By-laws, Church mission statement and the Youth Ministry mission statement.  He or she is accountable to Bishop Vernon G. Lambe Sr. 

Youth Counselors:

The youth counselor’s function is to work as a developmental and ministerial leader within our youth department.  The counselors incorporate the responsibilities of Youth Leader but also act as an advisory and monitoring team for youth programs and personal ministry.  These members are committed and consistent with the weekly Friday youth fellowship meetings.

Youth Ministry Support Team/Youth Leaders:

The youth leader’s role is to assist the youth counselors upon request and to help in the promotion, control, and participation of youth programs including biblical teaching and life skills.  The support team has a similar role but with a lesser weekly obligation to the Friday night programming and more emphasis for special events and outreach.  These members are not required to be at every Friday meeting but commit on a flexible basis. 

 Youth Ministry Executive:

The youth ministry executive comprises of both older and younger members (teens or young adults) to provide secretarial, financial, and public relations support for youth programs.  These members are also invited to sit in decision-making meetings on the events coming forth.