Through the Moline Youth Ministry, we will strive to raise up teenagers who possess the following qulaities:
Philosophy of Ministry
Making disciples should be the ultimate goal of youth ministry. Students must be able to develop their own faith and commitment to God so that they may become life-long followers of Christ. We believe this is done through an intentional, purposeful process,not haphazardly. Every event or program must be evaluated on its ability to form students into disciples.
This process should include, but is not limited to, a deepening faith in God,a growing love for others, and an increasing desire to serve the world. In Galatians, Paul says that what really matters in a Christian’s life is “faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6b). We believe that this should be the life for which we strive and which we encourage our teenagers to follow.There is a time and place for students to have fun and goof off. They need to be able to express themselves genuinely and become the people God intends for them to be.
They need leaders who are willing to get on their knees and serve them, who will model the servant-leadership of Christ to them, and who
will inspire them to pursue God with all their heart. Teenagers need to be able to pinpoint and develop their spiritual gifts in order to serve the church immediately. Most importantly, they need to
experience the love of God in their own lives which should flow from the people around them.
Youth and Family Minister
[The following questions were posed by the members of the youth group]
How old are you?
I'm currently 26 years old. (Remind me to update this next year...)
Where did you go to college?
My wife, Katelyn, and I attended Harding University in Searcy, AR. I majored in Youth & Family Ministry; she majored in Psychology. The semster after we got married, we were able to spend a semester at Harding's program in Greece. It included trips to Israel and Egypt, plus a cruise of the Greek Isles. It was awesome. I loved my time at Harding!
What's your favorite color?
Blue, followed closely by green and maroon.
What's your favorite animal?
I have three cats and two dogs, and I love them all. But to take a bit broader view, I am totally facinated by the creatures that God put in our oceans. I could just watch them for hours in an aquarium. Some of them are just plain bizarre! But awesome.
How long have you been in youth ministry?
I began my first full-time ministry here in May, 2011. But before that, I had two summer internships during college. And before that, I felt the call to ministry during my freshman year of high school. So I've been involved in youth ministry for a long time.
What size shoe do you wear?
What's your favorite food?
I love me a good pizza. And I could down an entire bag of Garden Salsa Sunchips by myself in one sitting. But my all-time fave has got to be my wife's S'more Cheesecake.
What's your favorite movie?
I'm gonna cheat a litte on this one. Here are my top 5 movie series:
1. Lord of the Rings
2. Star Wars (original 3)
3. Christopher Nolan's Batman series (Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises)
4. Indiana Jones
5. The Bourne series
Do you like Justin Bieber?
Do I look like a fourteen-year-old girl? Moving on.
What's your favorite Bible verse?
"And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who lives in you." Romans 8:11