Vision: We share the vision of Vintage, which is “Community transformation through the love and power of Jesus.” What this means for us is that we desire to embrace students where they are, empower them to live lives that honor Jesus, and help people know His love.
We believe this happens in the context of three sets of relationships: Upward, Inward, and Outward.
Upward: We want to love Jesus and know His love for us. We believe that this is what we were made for. As this happens, as we orient our lives around God’s love for us and love Him in return, our lives change. Therefore, we want to provide our students with every opportunity we can to know Jesus’ love and empower them to love Jesus in return.
Inward: Relationships are really important to us. There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” We believe life is better together. More than that, we believe that Jesus calls us to live life together. We believe that Jesus called us to be like a family. A family is a place where you feel welcomed, loved, known, included, and free to be yourself. That’s what we want to be for each other.
Outward: Blessing. It’s kind of a worn out word, but we love it! We believe that Jesus has called us to be a blessing. For us, blessing means the tangible touch of God that actually changes things. We believe that God has called, empowered, and sent us to be a blessing to people in our lives. For us, that means living like Jesus in our normal lives. We want to live loving, bold, compassionate, intentional, authentic, kind, generous lives that help people love and know Jesus and actually make their lives better.
Our primary youth gathering is on Sunday night. We meet at Vintage in the Community Room from 6:00 – 8:00. While these nights differ a lot from week to week, there are some consistent things we do every week. We try to have some fun by playing a game or sharing a meal. We hear teaching from the Bible. We connect in grade and gender separated small groups. Then we respond to what we believe God is doing through worship and prayer.
Small Groups are back! This is our reality: We love big events, and we love having fun, but if you're truly looking to grow, small groups are the best of what we have to offer. While we see incredible things happen in significant moments, like camp or retreats, true life change happens in the day-to-day. Change takes place in the context of community, where discipleship offers real relationship and true accountability. Our hope is that small groups provide our people a place to be seen and known, and ultimately they provide a place for students to grow as they feel loved into the identity God has for them.
OneCamp 2019 is June 30th-July 5th, and we encourage all of our rising 7th graders through college freshman to go! OneCamp provides an environment where our students can encounter Jesus in very real and tangible ways and creates opportunities for them to build deep relationships with both peers and leaders. It is always a blast too!
Registration is now open for OneCamp 2019! Follow this link for more information about OneCamp and to sign up!