What We Are All About
Our Sunday morning student worship service and our Wednesday night student small groups are designed to engage both the un-churched visitor as well as the maturing, growing follower of Christ. We create these environments intentionally so that students who love Jesus can show Jesus, and so students who don’t know Jesus can be introduced to him.
We create a pre-service environment that is energetic, friendly, and inviting to accomplish one goal – to make every student feel welcome and wanted. All of the main elements of our student service and our small groups (prayer, offering, worship, sermon, Bible study) are explained in common-language terminology, so that anyone, from the completely non-church cultured to the student who has attended since early childhood, will understand the spiritual meaning behind everything they experience.
Our student small groups exist to deepen relationships between believers and begin relationships with seeking visitors, showing the love of Christ to all. Each small group operates like a family and is designed to feel more like a living room than a classroom. Students can study the Bible together, ask questions, get wisdom from caring mentors, and pray for one another in a relaxed, safe environment with a few peers of their same age and gender.
Our Students are reaching people for Jesus everywhere from their school campus to foreign countries. We come alongside our students on their school campus to cheer them on and support them as they reach their friends with the love of Christ. Once a year we also provide mission trip opportunities that train and disciple a small group of committed students for at least six months leading up to their week long mission trip. Last year our Middle Schoolers ministered in inner-city Atlanta, while our High Schoolers traveled to Costa Rica to minister to children and teenagers in poor communities.
Visiting the Student Ministry
The best place to begin attending our ministry is our Student Worship Experience called DRIVEN. We meet in the Auditorium of Building A at 11:00am each Sunday. Students are welcome to come early and hang out in the Student Lounge, listen to DRIVEN Radio in the hallways, visit the DRIVEN Kiosk, or come on in to the Auditorium and enjoy watching Christian music videos. Our student and adult leaders are there to help you find a seat and relax. We sit around tables during our worship service which helps make the large group seem a little smaller. Each table has an adult table leader that would be happy to answer any questions you may have. While you are at the DRIVEN Kiosk, make sure you pick up a copy of our DRIVEN Magazine. It’s packed with details about upcoming events for the youth group.
Once you have attended DRIVEN on a Sunday morning, your next step to get involved will be our Student Small Groups. All of our Student Small Groups meet in the Student Wing from 6:30 until 8:00pm each Wednesday during our Fall & Spring semesters. Students are welcome to come early and hang out in the Student Lounge, pick up resources at the DRIVEN Kiosk, or enjoy our Wednesday night meals served from 5:00 until 6:30pm.
Are you still a little anxious about getting involved? Let us know you’re coming and we’ll make sure that students who are your age or attend your school are ready to welcome you and sit with you during DRIVEN Worship. You might want to consider bringing a friend with you from school or your neighborhood.
The Student Wing
The Student Wing is located in Building A and houses all of our Student Small Groups for middle and high school students. The Auditorium is located in Building A and is the location for our Student Worship Services.
DRIVEN is what we call our Student Weekend Worship Service. It’s a high-energy, fast-paced, Christ-centered student worship service that addresses topical issues with a live praise & worship band, skits, student testimonies, trivia games, music videos, movie clips, table group discussion, and a biblical message. Every weekend we gather together to celebrate life with laughter, friendships, music, and encouragement from God’s Word. We try to shatter stereotypes that church has to be boring by creating a place that celebrates life in a way that ministers to believers and is welcoming to students who don’t normally go to church. We want to create an environment where students are excited about coming to church and want to invite their friends. DRIVEN serves as the “front door” to our Youth Ministry, it’s the first step for students to get involved.
DRIVEN meets in the Auditorium of Building A.
Sunday 11:00 am
Student Small Groups
SMALL GROUPS are essential to the overall health of our church. Simply put, a Student Small Group is the primary way for a student to FEEL connected to the youth group. It’s important that every student has a sense of belonging. We are constantly encouraging students to take the next step in their spiritual growth and our small groups play a huge part in making sure that a student’s spiritual maturity will flourish. Our small groups exist to create a place for our students to connect with other believers, and to help students grow in their faith. Our Student Small Groups are composed of anywhere from four to ten students and meet weekly for relationship building, accountability, and discipleship. Our small groups are organized according to two factors: gender and age group (middle school or high school). We have two semesters of small groups each year. Our Fall semester is approximately three months long and meets from the first Wednesday in September through mid-November. Our Spring semester is three months long and meets from the first Wednesday night in February through the end of April. All of our Student Small Groups meet in the Student Wing from 6:30 until 8:00 pm each Wednesday night. Students are welcome to come early and hang out in the Student Lounge, pick up resources at the DRIVEN Kiosk, and listen to DRIVEN Radio.
We currently offer four courses of study for youth that are all self-paced and DVD based.
The first course that we challenge students to take is “Youth Group for Dummies.” We use the term “dummies” affectionately. It’s simply a humorous way of saying we have a very important message and we want to make sure that everyone understands it. Students will discover how to place their faith in Christ as Savior, connect with others in the youth group, develop spiritual disciplines in their Christian walk, find out how they are gifted for ministry and discover opportunities to serve, and fulfill their mission in the world by reaching others for Christ. Our goal for the class is to help students become fully integrated members of Christ Community Church.
The second course that we encourage students to take is “Spiritual HABITS” This course reinforces the spiritual disciplines that students are learning about through Student Small Groups. The HABITS include: Hang Time with God, Accountability in a Small Group, Bible Memorization, Involvement in the Church, Tithing Commitment, and Sermon Notes. It has been our experience that students who develop spiritual disciplines while they are in middle and high school are more likely to continue walking in their faith as adults.
The third course is called “Spiritual Rut.” We recognize that the Christian walk isn’t easy. Whether students are currently in a spiritual rut or hoping to prevent falling in, this is a great resource to help students grow in their faith. Students will learn 12 biblical principles to help them climb out of a spiritual rut and move forward.
The fourth course is called “Everyone Has a Story.” This course helps students think through, write out, and share their testimonies. Every Christian has a story and that story can and should be share with others.
Visit the DRIVEN Kiosk to pick up your course material (Student Workbook and DVD) and get started through these Student Discipleship courses.
Student Ministry Teams
MINISTRY TEAMS are essential for the health and edification of the church body. Ministry teams allow the students an opportunity to serve others. Middle school and high school students are blessed with many different talents and we want them to use their talents to honor Christ. In addition to students, we are always looking for adults who are willing to serve. If you’re looking to take the next step in getting involved, visit the DRIVEN Kiosk and pick up the Student Leadership Team Handbook (for students in middle and high school) or the Adult Leadership Team Handbook (for adults 21+).
Student Mission Teams
MISSION TEAMS are a way that students discover the joy of sharing their faith with others through both local opportunities and through short-term mission trips. The primary tool that we begin with is the SHARE Evangelism Strategy which helps students discover how to share their faith locally. Once students are actively participating in the SHARE Evangelism Strategy, we encourage them to consider a short-term mission trip. Visit the DRIVEN Kiosk for more information on mission opportunities.