Teen ministry in our present culture has in many places become simply social in nature in that activities have become the central thrust of youth work. In spite of the fact that today’s youth groups are more active than ever, Christian teens are too often unclear about the Bible’s teaching concerning their lives. Compounding this problem is the fact that the parents of teenagers are often unclear about the Bible’s teaching with reference to raising teenagers “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). We believe that it is the role of the youth ministry to help both parents and teens in their responsibilities to God and each other. Therefore, the main emphasis of the youth ministry at Tri-Lakes Baptist Church is placed upon the doctrines of Scripture. We believe that the greatest tool in raising young people for Christ is a thoroughly biblical mindset. Therefore, we delight in teaching our teens the great truths of God’s Word. We believe that doctrine determines behavior and therefore, doctrine is neither boring nor irrelevant.
As a ministry of the local church, the youth ministry maintains the same purpose as the church —to glorify God. We believe that this aim is accomplished through Worship, Instruction, Fellowship, and Evangelism. The difference in ministry to adults and to teens lies in the realm of application. We seek to apply our aim through maintaining a balanced youth ministry which provides opportunities in fulfilling our purpose.
Our teen group meets weekly for Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings, Chapel on Sunday nights, Prayer & Bible Study on Wednesday nights. During the school year we run a Monday night teen recreational outreach called Chi-Alpha when we encourage our teens to bring their non-Christian friends so they can examine the claims of Christ as we share the Gospel weekly. There are also monthly teen activities we put on which include both recreation and service type events. In the summertime we either go to a Christian camp or put on our own as a special time for teens to get away from the daily routine of life and spend a week immersed in God’s Word. We look forward to serving your teenagers and integrating them into church life here at Tri-Lakes.