The mission of MBC Youth is to partner with parents in helping their youth become people who care about loving God and loving others. We do this by offering a place for youth to deepen meaningful relationships, serve alongside one another, study the Bible, and worship God together.
What’s happening in August?!
Remember: While there is still Youth Wednesday nights, there will be no food over the summer. So don’t forget to plan accordingly.
Book Recommendation: It seems of late I keep running into people, books, and teaching all centered around how to properly utilize technology in our modern day culture. Finding the proper place for technology in our lives is a topic that directly concerns our culture today regardless of our age. Recently we introduced this idea on Wednesday and the fact that it hit a nerve was immediately apparent and I have heard from several families who have continued the conversation at home. One resource that was recently brought to my attention was one that I found worth sharing with you. Brandon Shuman recently handed me a book from the MBC book store entitled The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch. This book discusses some of the philosophy behind finding the right place for technology in our homes and takes the extra steps to suggest some incredibly practical and helpful techniques and tools to affect change for the better in our families and lives. This is an incredibly valuable resource for families and I can’t recommend this subject or this book enough. If you have any questions or if you’re looking for more information on this subject please let me know and I’ll be happy to help point you in a helpful direction.
Small Groups: School is just around the corner and with that also comes our fantastic small group ministry. Over the past several years we’ve had different types of groups that meet at various different times and days. In an effort to help MBCY families as much as we can we’d love for you to take just a minute and provide us with some helpful information pertaining to small groups. This will help us provide the best possible value for both our students and their families. The form is very short and can be found by clicking here.
Fall Retreat: This year we are changing things up a bit for our annual Fall Retreat.This year we will be going to TbarM in New Braunfels for our retreat which will be October 27-29. Save that date and be looking for the registration this month along with more details about our speaker and topic for the retreat. To help build the anticipation, https://youtu.
The diagram above is all that MBC Youth has to offer students and their parents. Our goal is to make the expectations very clear in terms of student involvement. We realize that time is a precious commodity for students and parents alike so we’d like to make it very simple to be involved in our program. Featured in the image above are the different categories of MBC Youth involvement. There is a specific amount of time required for each category. Our goal is to see students involved in at least one of the following categories: one on one discipleship, small groups, or service projects. To the right is a description of the purpose and goal of each of these categories to help you better understand the different levels of MBC Youth.
Summit is a small group of juniors and seniors interested in serving MBC Youth. This group is responsible for special events like volleyball games, football game tailgates, service projects, etc… This group is involved in the events themselves, the planning of said events, and the advertisement and recruiting for events. Summit members are involved in helping members of MBC Youth feel comfortable and welcome. The group also serves as a feedback loop for the Youth Minister and a MBC Youth brainstorming group. There are very clear prerequisites and expectations that a youth must meet in order to be a part of this group.
In an effort to act out the love of Christ in a practical way, MBC Youth are given the opportunity to take part in various service projects. These projects will vary based on what is needed but the overall goal will always be the same; to love others by serving them.
Every student in MBC Youth is given the opportunity to be mentored and discipled by an adult. These meetings are scheduled according to the availability of the discipler and the student. The goal of this program is to provide very specific and intentional spiritual guidance to students who seek to grow spiritually.
Every MBC Youth is invited to take part in small groups. These groups are divided according to age and gender and typically meet once a week at a time and place scheduled by each small group leader. To take part in one of these groups, a youth or parent simply has to contact Luke McDonald to find out which group they belong in, when and where that group meets, and who the leaders of that group are. Small groups provide an environment for spiritual growth that is more tailored to each demographic as well as offering a place for students to meet other students who are in the same walk of life as themselves.
MBC Youth schedules several events and trips with the primary goal of spiritual growth and development in mind. The goal of these trips is to put intentional focus on the spiritual life of a youth. The Fall Retreat is an example of a growth event.
There are two events that exist in MBC Youth on a weekly basis: Sunday School (Sun 9 – 10am) and Wednesday Night Youth (Wed 7 – 8:30pm). The goal of these meetings is to provide students a place to hang out on a weekly basis where they can fellowship together, study the Bible together, and worship together.
MBC Youth schedules many events throughout the year with the primary goal of fun. These events are an opportunity for youth to cut loose and have fun in an environment that promotes loving God and others in the process. The Chili Cook Off, Midsummer Mayhem Trip, and Ski Trip are examples of Base Events.