Today’s guest post is by Matt Dampier, Associate Rector.
Dear Christ Church,
Last year I read Growing Young, a book about how churches can continue to raise up the next generation. This quote captures the book’s thesis:
“The truth is, every church needs young people. Their passion enriches the soil around them. Young people also need a thriving church. A thriving church both grounds them in community and sends them out to serve.” —Kara Powell
Christ Church is an intergenerational church raising up the next generation. And this focus on raising up the next generation is what the book would call “growing young.”
Every Sunday night about a dozen or so college students gather at FoodHeads just north of UT’s campus. They laugh. Pray. And together study Scripture. They gather outside of this time for fellowship and community. Two college students, Grace Foulkrod and Brendan Warner, lead the gathering and I supplement with teaching. If you’re a college student (or college-aged) you should definitely come check it out some Sunday night! And if you would like to provide snacks or a meal for our college students, contact me!
Our youth ministry has been growing under Amy Saxbury’s leadership. They have developed their own youth worship band and now have high schoolers serving as the middle school leaders. Our senior high is also taking a mission trip to El Paso for Spring Break. They’ll be working with Kings Kids, a ministry of YWAM. If you have a high schooler that wants to go you can register here until Feb 19th. Regarding this trip, our youth pastor Amy said, “In all my years of doing youth ministry, by far the most spiritually formational events were mission trips.”
Every week during the service, the children follow the cross out to Kids’ Quest to receive age-appropriate discipleship. Terrice Tinsley, our Director of Children’s Ministry, does an amazing job preparing all this curriculum and training leaders. (She also meets and disciples nannies so that they can be more equipped to lead our children!) And if you want to see Terrice’s debut as an actress, check out this 90 second video she made asking our church to consider investing in the next generation as a Kids’ Quest volunteer.
Christ Church, thank you for being a community that invests so well in the next generation. A church that is Growing Young!