The mission of Cornerstone Baptist Youth is to help our teens:
Grow to be mature Christians
Love God fully
Love others unconditionally
“And he said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37–39
We believe that God does not have a different set of expectations for teenagers.
He expects and equips all of his people to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Pursuing that goal requires a growing knowledge of and love for God’s Word, a passion for a daily personal walk with him, and a committed participation in the body of Christ. We believe that parents must be the primary discipling entity in any youth ministry. Our youth group is all about providing support and encouragement to both parents and teens as that discipleship takes place.
To help teenagers pursue those biblical expectations, we provide the following:
- Practical expositional teaching in our Sunday School classes
- Teaching and prayer the first and third Wednesday of each month
- Regular activities which encourage fellowship, service, and outreach
- Monthly “Teenspiration” fellowships hosted by church members
- Opportunities for integration within the broader church family
- One-on-one discipleship with our Youth Staff
- Mission Trips
- Summer Camp
Contact: Pastor Chris Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris & Laura Lynch
Sunday School – Sundays at 11 am
This is our primary in-depth Bible Study time, taught by members of our competent youth leadership team. The goal of this weekly time together is growth in our knowledge of God’s Word as a youth group. The style of teaching rotates from small group discussion to large group lecture format, depending on the topic of study. We frequently study the same passages that parents are studying in ABF to encourage family growth and Bible interaction at home.
Prayer Meetings – 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7 pm
This informal mid-week opportunity centers on a time of singing and prayer together. We also enjoy a short time of practical teaching from God’s Word. Our primary goal in our midweek meetings is to grow in the all-important exercise of prayer together. On other Wednesdays during the month we participate in Prayer Meeting with the rest of the church family.
Approximately once a month the youth group enjoys an active activity designed for the purpose of either fellowship or service. No matter the activity, these fun fellowship times help us build unity as a group and strengthen our relationships with each other.
Our Teenspiration Fellowships are a highlight each month. On the last Sunday of every month we meet after Building Believers until 9 pm in the home of a church member family for food, fun games, and testimony time. Each Teenspiration serves as a wonderful opportunity for our teens to get to know and be challenged by other church members in a relaxing atmosphere. We are blessed to have a church family committed to engaging with our youth group!
Nearly every summer we attend a week of youth camp as a group at one of several Christ-honoring camp ministries available to us. Going to camp is always a wonderful memory-making time, but it also provides an opportunity to be exposed to God’s Word in a place free from the distractions so typical of daily life. Camp is always spiritually refreshing, and attending camp together enables us to continue to challenge each other spiritually in the following year.
Every other summer, members of the youth group have the opportunity to travel on a mission trip. Over the years teams have participated in inner-city ministry in Minneapolis, staffed a VBS in rural New England, participated in Backyard Bible Clubs in northern California, and run a soccer camp in Utah. We design each trip intentionally to stretch the teens spiritually and to provide a perspective of a needy world outside their regular life experience. Looking back, current and former members of the youth group point to these mission trips as some of their most special memories while in the youth group.
Parent Appreciation Banquet
Each February, the youth group prepares an extra special evening to express love and appreciation to their parents. We treat the parents to a fine sit-down dinner and a show complete with skits, videos and games all centered on an adventurous theme. The group spends weeks of preparation diligently rehearsing and designing this fun evening. It is certainly an annual highlight, but it also serves the purpose of underscoring the centrality of Christlike parents in the spiritual growth of young believers.