Our high school ministry has around 50 youth. Although many of us have hundreds of Facebook friends, it is impossible as a human to even connect with 30-50 on a deep level (Jesus was God and only had 12 disciples!). As we desire to grow our ministry and impact our community with the love and grace of God, we also want to create smaller environments where our youth can be known and poured into. Crews provide a safe place for our youth to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of life. It allows youth to personalize their faith, makes them verbally process their thinking, and encourages accountable relationships.

Each crew will consist of a mentor and youth of similar age and gender. Our mentors love Jesus and desire to see our youth grow in their relationship with Jesus, glorifying God with their lives, and depend on the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Content will vary between crews as they discuss topics that are relevant to the youth in their particular stage of life. Crews meet for 1 hours weekly in the fall and spring semesters, usually on Sundays depending on the availability of those in the crew. Youth are making a commitment to their crew, as consistency in attendance provides the crew with intimacy and accountability where deep friendships can form and make a lifelong impact.
– Attend at least 8 out of 10 of Crews in the Fall.
– Be present.
– Share openly and honestly about your life.
– Live your faith with actions.
– Pray with and for the people in your crew.

– Attend at least 8 out of 10 of Crews in the Fall.
– Come prepared each week to:
– Share a Bible passage or verses
– Discuss relevant questions
– Challenge high schoolers to put their faith into action
– Pray together
– Hold youth accountable for their actions.
– Pray for their youth 3 times a week.

Importance of Freshmen joining a Crew

The transition from middle school to high school is a large step. Not only are our teens moving schools and friends, but the change within the church from Confirmation to High School Youth is another transition to navigate. Joining a crew allows the freshmen to make a smoother transition into the high school ministry as it contains the familiar element of being in a small group, which is the core of the Confirmation experience.