Welcome to NextGen
From the time your child is born until they graduate high school you have 936 weeks to impact their lives. If your child is in kindergarten, you have 676. If your child is in 5th grade you have 468. By the time your child enters their senior year, you have less than 52 weeks. That’s why it’s our mission to partner with parents from birth to graduation.
Being a parent is hard. How do we raise our kids to love Jesus? How do we grow to be the kind of parents we really want ourselves to be? Our NextGen team is here to:
• Partner with families to help their children and students develop a life changing relationship with Christ.
• Create relational environments where children and students are connected to a caring leader and a consistent group of peers.
• Living out faith by intentionally providing opportunities for families and students to serve.
From week to week, the details might look different, but at each stage in development, we desire to teach kids and students the following over-arching ideas and values:
At the Preschool phase, we focus on building a foundation around these three main ideas:
God loves me.
God made me.
Jesus wants to be my forever friend.
In the Elementary phase, we hope to guide each child into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through this relationship with Jesus, we want to help kids understand these three principles:
With Jesus, I can make wise choices.
With Jesus, I can love others as I love myself.
With Jesus, I can trust Him, no matter what.
In the Middle School phase, we focus on identity. Think about how important it is to have someone walk beside you in Middle School, while you're figuring out where you fit in, what that means about who you are,where church and family fit in with that. We want them to own these three things:
I will love God because He never stopped loving me.
I will follow Jesus because He knows me better than I know myself.
I will live out God's story so others can know who Jesus is.
In the High School phase, we focus on ownership. We want them to be used to grappling with their faith. We want them to understand that faith is a daily walk, not a list of rules. We want them to know God is invested and passionate about every aspect of their lives. We want them to know these three things:
They are created to have authentic relationship with their Creator.
They belong to Jesus and are defined by what He says about them and not what the world says.
They exist every day to demonstrate God's love to a broken world.