"So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." — II Timothy 2:22
Our goal for Pursue 2:22 is to come along parents in our church body as their adolescents transition from children to young adults. Through Gospel-centered teaching, we address topics that our youth are specifically facing in their lives. Youth involvement in a variety of ways is expected as we desire to cultivate leadership and spiritual gifts and help them get plugged-in to other opportunities in the body. We desire to reinforce parents as the primary spiritual leaders of their children; therefore, parental attendance and involvement is expected. Through small group times, we desire to foster biblical fellowship, accountability, encouragement, and biblical correction. Through out-reach activities, we desire to be evangelistic minded and show Christ's love in practical ways.
To facilitate the training of the youth, parents are equipped to effectively disciple their teens, with the help of the church community. Rather than parents surrendering their role to a youth pastor, parents are encouraged to be involved in all youth activities and to be the primary means of grace in their children's lives. This does not mean that parents must attend all youth activities. Involvement will certainly include some parental attendance, but awareness of their youth’s participation, a knowledge of the teachings presented, and regular interaction with their youth is needed to maintain a good relationship and fulfill their responsibility to steward their own child.
With this in mind, we prefer to describe Pursue 2:22 as a “Parent-Involved” youth group. This means that parents are welcome at every event and are encouraged to take part in planning, activities, and discussions. This does not mean that parents must attend every event, or that each event must be organized in such a way that parental participation is required. Our goal is parental involvement in the life of their son or daughter within the context of biblical fellowship and instruction amongst other parents and youth. We recognize that there will be differing levels of attendance based upon the nature of the event and the schedules of each of the participating families.
Pursue is designed for 13 year old youth through high school graduation and their parents. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to join in the meetings and activities with their children.
Gospel-centered teaching, small group interaction, and parental involvement while engaging our older children’s hearts as they learn to interact Biblically with one another.
Pursue meets either at the Hannah Community Center or in the home of our Youth Leaders. Notifications are sent out to remind youth and their parents of the meeting location for that given week.
Starting in September, we meet each Wednesday evening through May. Our typical meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.
To assist parents in stewarding their children’s hearts and to provide a biblical environment for youth to encourage one another as they grow in Christ and share the good news of the Gospel.
Please use the Contact Us form for any questions regarding Pursue 2:22. We will route your questions to the appropriate pastor and/or deacon.