Welcome to NextGen Students
(6th-12th Grade)  


Between activities, worship, videos, large and small group teachings, authentic relationships and more, we hope students will not only find a place they belong, but also a place that shows them the love that God gives us all. It is our goal that students will build relationships with other students, other caring adults and ultimately with God.

Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) meet concurrently on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30pm.

We would love to hear your input, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way.

 

Tammy Dickey

NextGen Pastor
tammy@springcreekchurch.org
972-494-5683, Extension 220

Jay Saenz

NextGen Associate Pastor
jay@springcreekchurch.org
972-494-5683, Extension 227

Laura Hernandez

NextGen Associate Pastor
laura@springcreekchurch.org
972-494-5683, Extension 225

 

What Is NextGen?


We believe that our children and students are not only the church of tomorrow, but the church of today! NextGen is a cohesive strategy to take your children from the cradle to college. Our goal is to be intentional on how we reach our kids. Our focus:

Partner with Parents

For the church to be effective, we have to partner with parents for a greater impact. We get to spend 1 hour a week, or an average of 40 hours a year, with a child that comes through our ministry. Parents, however, get 3,000 hours a year with that same child. We make partnering with parents a big part of what we do because we believe that what happens at home is more important than what happens at church.  

Creating Relational Environments

We want every child who comes through our ministry to be connected to a caring leader and a consistent group of peers. We ask our Small Group leaders to serve on a consistent weekly basis, Because it’s important for kids to have a second voice in their lives. Someone who isn’t a parent, but will show up in their life to listen to them, guide them and let them know they are loved. We want our kids  to know that we do this Jesus thing in community—we grow with our circle of friends. And when they graduate, we want them to find another group of believers they can do life with because that’s what they are used to. 

Teach Less for More

We have limited time with the kids and students that come through our ministry, so we want to make that time count. Think of this like taking a trip: before we leave, we have to be sure of our destination. So first, we need to figure out where we want our high schoolers to be when they graduate. We know that we want our students to leave here with a deep understanding of a God who loves them incredibly and desires a relationship with them.  Then we can start creating a roadmap: now that we know our   destination, we can make sure that we’re taking the best steps to get there. We always want to be addressing the needs of the child where they are, while also setting them up for what comes next.

Living Out Faith

When you walk through the halls of our preschool and elementary environments on weekends, you’ll see lots of High School and Middle School students volunteering and leading in different capacities. We very intentionally don’t have a student service on weekends because we want them serving. Our students understand that God can—and does—use them now; He isn’t waiting for them to turn 18. We want them to invest in others in exactly the same way that adults invest in them. 

Parents 


The average student will spend over 1000 hours every year in school and they will spend less than 50 hours in church.

The average parent has more than 10X the opportunities to discuss spiritual issues in one year than a church leader does in 10. 

The church has limited potential to impact the heart of your student. That's why we believe what happens at home in many ways is more important than what happens at church!

For busy parents, a cue can be exactly what you need to realize that it’s a good time to make a very intentional and timely entrance into your student’s life. Remember, you are the #1 influence in your student's life.  So, we want to make this important resource available to you to give you a cue to stop and invest intentionally in your student’s life, as we partner together with your family to help grow your student's faith.
 

Volunteer 


Student Ministry is a fun, exciting, vibrant time for students to hear God’s word and learn about how to have and live out a relationship with Christ. Being a volunteer in student ministry means you are a facilitator to help foster that relationship; whether you are running sound, helping to plan events, or are a small group leader, each person involved helps create a safe atmosphere for students to ask questions and grow spiritually. We want students to build relationships with adults, other students, and most      importantly God.

Ways to Get Involved

Leadership: small groups, games and activities
Tech: sound, video and photography
     Greeting: check-in, welcoming and safety
     Behind-the-scenes: cooking, host homes, driving and event-planning

Email laura@springcreekchurch.org for more info.