We have a great group of teenagers at Cornerstone. After church, several of them came by the house to pick out some new music to be working on for the youth band. Several of the other youth took it upon themselves to go do some yardwork for one of the ladies in the church who has had some major surgeries. And then they all showed up back at my house for youth last night. We had 23 teens stuffed in my living room. It is super encouraging to hear how God is using them to reach their friends. From Zach and Austin’s story about witnessing to a teen worker at a fast food restaurant, to Hannah and Luke sharing about their prayer meeting after lunch at school, I continue to be amazed at how God is working in their lives.
I am also excited about the future of the youth ministry at Cornerstone. We have talked about splitting the group which is currently 7th thru 12th grade into two groups: a middle school and a high school group. Splitting will help both groups. The older youth will be able to share more about what they are going through, and the younger youth won’t feel so intimidated about being around the older students. We are still hoping that all the minor details will work out for the facility downtown. It will be an awesome environment for our youth. We will have a lot more opportunities throughout the week to minister to the youth. It is also exciting to see a huge wave of older elementary kids getting ready to come into the youth group. It’s a responsibility that our church doesn’t take lightly. I think we are just starting to see the potential impact that our youth are going to have on this town. I heard a pastor say one time that his vision wasn’t to start a Christian high school, but to see the local public school transformed because of all the Christian students. It’s not just a dream, because I really think it can happen here.