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Ruckus Middle School Ministries recognizes the typical characteristics of the middle school student. Young teens desire to be independent and think for themselves, but they still need reliable guidance and direction. They may not realize their strong need for firm direction, but this need is profound. The middle school years are a time of questioning conventional rules and ideals. Students are trying to understand whether the customary boundaries and ways of interacting with adults still apply. They recognize that they are no longer children, but they also know that they are not yet adults. They are in a special place in their lives, and they need to be dealt with both in love and accountability. Perhaps at no other time do they need to feel our love more than during these years when they are often unloving or less lovable themselves. Our ministry of accountability and strong love will continue to reinforce what they have learned about themselves and will show them how to apply God faithfully and directly to everyday reality.
Youth ministry at Cornerstone Church exists to teach, implore, educate, inspire students to learn how to love God, self, and others; enabling them to use their lifestyles to glorify Christ.
The following serves as the backbone to why we do what we do here in youth ministry at Cornerstone Church.   All of our programming pieces will serve to accomplish one of our five values.  Everything we say and do has specific purpose and intent.

Maturity:   Rooted vME (sq. root of ME)

We desire students to continually grow and mature in their personal relationship with Christ.  We want them to be rooted in the scriptures and develop a biblically based worldview.

James 1:22-25, Hebrew 5:13-14, Isaiah 26:8, Psalms 119:9-11

Identity: Beloved…it’s my identity!  I = Beloved

We desire students to understand that they are Christ beloved.  This happens when student understand that they are His children, future heirs to His kingdom, and part of a royal priesthood.  This identity should serve as the foundation of who they are.

1 Peter 2:9, Romans 8:16-17, 37-39, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Zephaniah 3:17

Community: Intentional Unity… I’m counted on!  WE/I

We desire to see that they are part of a community, understanding that their relationship to Christ begins with a personal decision to follow Him, but is lived out and expressed in the context of community.   They understand that they are important to the body of Christ and can only operate at their best when they are actively involved in the life of the body.  They know that they are counted on.

John 13:34-35, Philippians 2:1-10, Ephesians 4:1-6, 1 John 4:7-12

Mission: They > I

We desire students to understand that as a follower of Christ they are called to be a servant.  We want them to actively seek ways to serve others and by serving them they are placing Christ before themselves.  They serve with the purpose and intent of sharing Jesus Christ and his love and grace.   They serve our group, church, community, and world.   This happens when students decide to put their faith into action.

1 John 3:16-18, Matthew 25:34-40, James 1:27, 2:14-17

Ownership: HE > I

We desire for students to understand that the life they have been given is not about them, it is about Christ.  They own their faith and choose to live with a lifestyle that is based in scripture and purposed in glorifying Christ.  They take ownership of their faith and become self existing and reproducing disciples of Jesus.

1 John 3:30, Micah 6:8, Romans 12:9-21, Psalm 51:10-17


Sunday morning AT 10:45am-12pm IN "The Attic"


We believe that students need a specific environment to produce optimal spiritual growth. It is with this purpose we have established our own separate Sunday morning youth worship service. During this time students get the opportunity to experience Jesus through Fellowship, Worship, and Biblical Instruction. We usually sing 4-6 worship songs and have age appropriate sermons lasting from 25-40 minutes. We also partake in communion once a month.


Wednesdays at 6:30pm-8:30pm in "The Attic"


In an attempt to engage students on a holistic level we have developed our mid-week meetings to focus on prayer, community, discussion, and accountability. Students begin the night with a 10-15 minute devotional and then discuss their God findings and eventually end up in a small group that challenges them, prays for them, and helps hold them accountable.


Jesus is fully God and fully man. This statement is something that separates religions, spurs great arguments, and is a foundational truth to Christianity. 1 John speaks authoritatively about the truth of the incarnation – a message that the doubting readers needed after hearing false teachers deny the full divinity and humanity of Christ. It reaffirms Christian living, saying that either we exhibit sound doctrine, obedience, and love that characterize all Christians, or else we are not true Christians. How relevant in a day and age where relativism runs rampant!? Join us Sunday morning as we unpack this apostolic letter and look into the truths concerning Christ, living as children of God, and more.

Junior High years are a time when young people begin to make more and more decisions for themselves. This increasing freedom is accompanied by greater responsibility and higher expectations in many areas of life. The book of Proverbs was written to a young person to help him gain God’s wisdom and apply it to all kinds of situations. It was also written to point a young person to Jesus Christ – the One who not only lived a life of wisdom, but also personifies wisdom. This study from Proverbs will help young people to master the principles of wisdom that God knew they would need to live and become more like Christ.
Ryan McElrath






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