T.E.A.M.

The Youth Ministry of Calvary Baptist Church

Why “T.E.A.M?”

Ministry has been defined as, “Being Christ centered and people related.” The thrust of our ministry is to get teens to be excited about their relationship with Christ and in turn help them develop a love for people. Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. In our T.E.A.M. meetings on Wednesday nights, our main emphasis will be teaching teens to love God and love others. We want to create an environment where teens truly are excited about ministry.

How do we relate to the family?

We exist to be a support and a help to the family unit. God has ordained that the authority of the teens be there parents. We are there to assist the parents as needed. We will constantly push parents as the heroes. It is our desire to “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.”

How do we relate to the church?

We are a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. We are not a separate ministry. Our pastor has a vision and burden for the youth ministry. He has seen fit to appoint a youth pastor as an extension of his ministry. It is our responsibility to line with his direction and leadership concerning this ministry. We should never undermine the God given authority of our pastor. We should constantly honor, obey and promote our pastor before the teens.

How do we relate to Calvary Baptist Academy?

We work very hard to keep a clear distinction between the academy and the youth group. We do not want to limit the potential of ministry by being an academy youth group as opposed to a church youth group. We work hard to minister to all of our teens regardless of where they attend school, as well as evangelizing the lost of our community.

Parents

The parents of each of our teens have deposited to us a sacred trust. We have been given a partnership in helping reinforce their efforts at home. It is important that we realize that we have a responsibility never to criticize a parent to a teen. We want to encourage and support that God-ordained relationship in any way possible. It is totally appropriate and encouraged that our youth staff member’s talk with the parents of teens that they are burdened or concerned about. We also want to strongly encourage our teens to seek their parents first. The Parents need to know that our loyalty lies toward them and that we are on their side.

What is our Philosophy of Ministry?

  • Philosophy can be defined as, “why you do what you do.” Our philosophy of ministry can be summarized and fulfilled in four ways.

    • The Glory of God

      • 1Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

      • We will work toward having a Christ centered ministry. Whether it is eating, an activity, or a teen service, the goal is to direct their attention toward Christ.

      • As Youth Leaders, we must show the teens how to glorify God in these activities through our attitudes and actions. When it ceases to be about God’s glory, we have ceased to fulfill our philosophy.

    • The Growth of Believers

      • 1Peter 2:2 - 3 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

      • The Test of Success in youth ministry is spiritual growth. It is our job as youth workers to create an environment of growth. In order to help the teens to grow, we must be growing ourselves.

      • The primary tool of growth is the Word of God. We should take every opportunity possible to give our teens the Word of God.

    • The Getting of the Lost

      • Proverbs 11:30 ¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

      • While numbers are NEVER an indicator of success, we do not want to lose our burden or vision for the lost. The winning of the lost is the reason that God did not take us straight to heaven after we received Christ as savior.

      • If we want our teens to be soul-conscious, we must be also. We should actively be handing out gospel tracts and having evangelistic activities.

    • The Gaining of Servant Leaders

      • Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

      • The Bible says that we are not to focus on our own things, but on the things of others. We live in a self-centered world. We must constantly demonstrate a servant’s heart before our teens and show them that true joy comes from serving others rather than self.

      • Purposely inconvenience yourself in order to minister to others. We must provide opportunities for them to be able to serve.