Who Are We?
Our congregation has several junior high and high school students. They are from over 25 districts spanning Avon to Warren and Westfield to Irvington and everywhere in between. We have homeschoolers and we even have students in Kokomo and Bloomington.
Young-Teens are comprised of 7th-8th graders
Teens are comprised of 9th-12th graders
When Do We Meet?
The young-teens meet once a month for a weekend event.
The teens meet every Saturday, often at 4 p.m.
Both the young-teens and the teens meet at every Midweek service.
What Special Events Do We Have?
Camp—This special week is the high point of our year. Our youth attend a camp primarily organized by the Chicago Church of Christ. It is held at Rock River Christian Camp near Rockford, Illinois.
Midwest Fall Youth Conference—Indianapolis is home to the Midwest Fall Youth Conference. This annual event began in 2009. In 2013 it was attended by over 300 high school students from 8 states across the Midwest. It’s continuing to gain momentum each year!
How Do We View This Ministry?
The Indianapolis Church of Christ is dedicated to passing on our faith as God intends, from generation to generation. Tracing all the way back to God’s guidance to Israel, the primary responsibility of instilling faith into children was on their parents. In a world that is designed to separate, alienate and isolate children from their parents, a primary goal that we have is to unify and strengthen that most important of relationships.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7—“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Genesis 17:7 (a promise from God to Abraham)—“I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”
Acts 2:38-39 (as the church began)—Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Although the methods change for each generation, the message will always be the same. Similarly, across our family of churches all over the world, the approaches and resources will vary. However, we can look at common traits that should be in place for any healthy ministry. Here are some key traits we are looking to have in place:
- Youth and their parents have increasingly close relationships
- Youth are guided by the Bible and are developing an individual relationship with God
- Youth have strong, spiritually-focused relationships
- Parents are being regularly equipped by the church leadership through both discipling and teaching
- Parents have a close working with the youth and family ministers
- Youth have consistent, powerful, fun and unifying events
For more information, contact Eric Testa at (317)701-3544