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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

MEETING TIMES

Sunday morning AT 11:00AM-12:15pm IN "The Attic"

WORSHIP SERVICE

The Church is full of people who are anxious to hear from God—but hearing God and following through on what He says are two different things. We often pray for God to speak and lead us into the life He has designed for us before we are willing to take those steps forward when He gives the word.

Many of us truly believe God has good plans and purposes for our lives. But how do we discern His purpose?

Come join us for this amazing series on Sundays at 11am!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CURRENT SERMON SERIES: SERMON ON THE MOUNT

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

SMALL GROUPS

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CURRENT LIFE GROUP SERIES: THE GOD-MAN

In the Christian Faith, much of what we believe in and hold as the truth comes from the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospels. Jesus had a lot to say and spoke with authority to proclaim that the Kingdom of God had come and how his disciples should live in light of this reality.

This Fall we will be going through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s gospel, to learn and relate to some of the most profound words given by the Messiah (i.e., the Beatitudes, Salt and Light of the Earth, the Lord’s Prayer, Love Your Enemies, Anxiety, etc.). Join us on Sunday Mornings at 11 am to hear these timeless messages on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ!

This small group study presents Jesus Christ as He is – the unique Son of God who came to Earth, both fully God and fully human. The small group lessons will take them from the preincarnate Christ of eternity to the prophecies of the Old Testament, then to His birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension. Although this small group study focuses much of its attention on the major events of the Gospel of John, the lessons will address accounts from all four Gospels.
 
 
Ryan McElrath

RYAN MCELRATH
YOUTH PASTOR

 

STAFF + LEADERS

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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