To be a life giving youth by reaching students for Jesus
날마다 마음을 같이하여 성전에 모이기를 힘스고 집에서 떡을 떼며 기쁨과 순전한 마음으로 음식을 먹고 하나님을 찬미하며 또 온 백성에게 칭송을 받으니 주께서 구원받는 사람을 날마다 더하게 하시니라 (사도행전 2:46-47)
“ Onnuri Youth exists to call lost students to Jesus, connect them with other Christians, to care for one another, and to cultivate a life that celebrates God.” (Matthew 22:37-40; 28:18-20)
Our Core Values
• We value complete devotion to Jesus.
• We value the Bible and T.A.W.G. (Time Alone With God)
• We value community (Both inside and outside the church building)
•We value evangelism and missions (local and global)
• We value stewardship of our time, treasure, and talents.
• We value a lifestyle of worship.
• We value a lifestyle of prayer.
• We value healthy families. (current and future generations)
• We value healthy self-image.
• We value growing in our faith daily. (doing, not just knowing!)
The Five Purposes of the Church
The five key purposes of the church that the Bible gives us is worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. Having a healthy student ministry is dependent on building on these eternal purposes.
The Great Commandment + The Great Commission = the fives purposes of the church
1. Worship“: Love the Lord your God with all your heart”
2. Ministry“: Love your neighbor as yourself”
3. Evangelism“: Go and make disciples”
4. Fellowship“: Baptizing them”*
5. Discipleship“: Teaching them to obey”
*baptism really means total identification and genuine community with the body of Christ, the church.
Our ultimate goal is to faithfully work to achieve our purpose statement, one student at a time that God has entrusted to our ministry. But how is that done? Through an intentional growth process that student and parent know and understand.
Our Growth Process
Every youth ministry has five specific commitment levels that students fall into. Here are those five in brief detail:
Growing each student in the ministry requires understanding each category of students and reaching out to them in relevant and relational ways. This is why everything we do is for people not programs or events. Programs and events will change accordingly, but our purpose will not…which is people coming to know God and worship God. How that happens will of course change because we only adapt to be effective and make a greater impact in the lives of each student that God has entrusted to us.
1. Community students – unsaved and live in a realistic driving or even walking distance of our church. The only commitment that these students have is their non-commitment to attend church.
2. Crowd students – attend a Sunday service regularly, but that is the extent of their involvement and commitment to church and their faith.
3. Congregation students – attend a Sunday service regularly and a mid-week Bible study. These students are also plugged into a small group with a leader overseeing them.
4. Committed students – those who are committed to developing spiritual habits and disciplines. They are the ones that seek to grow by taking discipleship training and also want to serve in ministry.
5. Core students – those who are committed to serve, lead, and even make disciples of their own! They are the ones that know their spiritual gifts, know how to live out their faith in real ways, and want to use the gifts that God has given them to invest in others.
Below you will find a simple diagram that will help you visualize our intentional process.
In between each box will have intentional steps that will help each student move along in the growth process during their time in the youth group. For instance from“ community” to“ crowd” we’ll have things like peer to peer Gospel sharing, an Easter Evangelism challenge, to Sunday worship services, key welcoming events for newcomers and seekers, finally reaching a marker, in our case coming to our church for 6 months straight. Another example would be from“ congregation” to“ committed” which will include taking a baptism/confirmation class, signing up for discipleship training, etc. Below is a list of our programs that will be in place to achieve this growth process.
Note: These are just titles of the programs. There is much more detail and thought behind each event and program along with others that are not listed due to us wanting to be open to the Holy Spirit.
1. Peer to peer Gospel sharing
2. Easter Evangelism Challenge
3. Welcoming Events
4. Sunday Worship service
5. Six month attendance marker
6. Life Groups
7. Plugged into a Life Group
8. Youth Wide Events (varies)
9. New Believers/Baptism/Confirmation class
10. Basic Training (Discipleship)
11. Starting and joining“ Fight Clubs” (this is our version of accountability groups)
12. SHAPE (spiritual gifts discovery and deployment)
13. High Profile serving position
14. Student Leadership training
15. Ministry Coordinator
16. Making disciples
Every youth ministry will have its staple programs and events. It’s important to keep in mind at all times that our programs exist to accomplish our purpose statement. All that we do with our time, resources, and energy is to fulfill our purpose. If you would like a copy of all our programs and events please email pastor Joel @ email@example.com and one will be sent to you.
Defining the Win
So often, spiritual growth is difficult to measure and quantify. Students are then left confused, wondering if they are growing, and that leads to frustration. This is why defining the win is critical for the health and morale of the follower of God. Below you will find four key areas in which the student can know they will be more like Jesus.
• Belong to a Life Group
• Serving in a Ministry Team
• Consistent commitment to T.A.W.G.(Time alone with God), prayer, and Sunday worship
• Participate in purpose driven programs and events
Youth Pastor: Peter Ryoo
Youth Director: Sarah Ko
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