The core philosophy of our teen and youth ministries is that they are parent-driven. By this we mean that our church is committed to the proposition that a youth ministry is not to be designed around the presumed unique needs or desires of young people, but rather it is centered on God’s will for young people as revealed in His Word. Our goal as a church is to strengthen parents in their God-called responsibility to “bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). The so-called “generation gap” and the “adolescent years” are a result of sin and should not be encouraged by the church or youth ministries. Our youth ministry will not be centered on music, drama, comedy, or other entertainments but on the faithful preaching of God’s Word and Small Groups for application of Scripture, meeting personal needs, and one-on-one discipleship and accountability. While other activities are encouraged, they do not take the place of or de-emphasize the preaching of the Word or the leadership of fathers and mothers in discipling their children.