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The youth ministry seeks to glorify God, call young people to discipleship and strengthen their walk with God. We help young people thrive in four key areas: Developing a relationship with Christ, Growing in knowledge of God and spiritual development, Applying faith to the world (through leadership and vocational development as well as through practical life application) and Developing a strong continuing network of Christian support (mentoring and fellowship.)
Ambassadors for Christ supports trained and equipped youth to continue enhancing their leadership abilities in the church.
Ambassadors for Christ supports trained and equipped youth to continue enhancing their leadership abilities in the church. Young people who complete the Joshua Generation Leadership Training move on to be Ambassadors for Christ. They actively serve in at least one of the church’s ministries. Additionally the Ambassadors help provide leadership to CTBC youth. In service they read scripture and lead youth services. They are supported in their leadership role with regular meetings and a yearly retreat. The Ambassadors grow in their leadership abilities by actively serving Christ in the church.
Friday Night ALIVE provides a positive space for young people to worship God, grow in their faith and fellowship with other believers. Every Friday at 7:15pm there is programming for youth of all ages. Food is provided for the young people every Friday Night. Every Friday starts with a short time of devotion. On 1st and 3rd Fridays mentoring groups meet. On fourth Fridays there is a youth led complete worship service. On 2nd and 5th Fridays youth participate in board game nights, movie nights, group interactive games, skits, competitions and other activities. If it’s Friday, It’s ALIVE.
Homework Café helps enhance the academic achievements of our young people, providing support that they can excel in their education. The café, which follows the New Haven Public Schools schedule, is open from 6:00pm to 8:00pm every Monday school is in session. Tutoring is available in most subject areas, elementary school through college.
On demand tutoring is provided by dedicated tutors. Students attending homework Café must bring their school work to the session. Tutors provide assistance but do not provide the actual school work.
Jeremiah 29:11 ministry encourages the educational pursuits of young people by highlighting their academic achievements. We believe achieving excellence in educational pursuits is an important part of preparing to fulfill the plans God has for each individual. Jeremiah 29:11 ministry publicly acknowledges and provides small gifts to students to encourage them in their educational endeavors.
The Joshua Generation Leadership Ministry (JGLM) is committed to training the youth of today to assume leadership roles in the church tomorrow and community. Our training method is to prepare young people to become church leader just as Joshua followed Moses and as a result was prepared to lead when his time came (Exodus 17, 24, 32, 33; Numbers 11, 13, 27; Joshua 1-24). Our goal is to introduce youth to each leadership Board and office at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church (i .e. Deacon, Trustee, Faith In Action) with shadowing as a major part of the training that includes: visiting the sick and shut ins, assisting with communion and Bible reading. Also, we involve them in outreach ministries at convalescent homes and homeless shelter initiatives in collaboration with CTBC Faith In Action. Community Service hours are given for participation in community outreach. Overall, the goal is to teach and train youth about character, service and leadership commitment in the Lord’s house that can be carried over into community leadership. At the conclusion of the leadership training, the JGLM cultivate leadership in our youth by actively placing them in leadership roles in the Youth Ministry and involve them in other ministries at the church, as well as outreach ministry. Prior to their graduation from JGLM, the Trainees began transition to the Ambassadors for Christ (A4C) which is a wonderful opportunity for JGLM graduating trainees to continue their leadership training at an advanced level with placement and active participation in their chosen ministry.
The mentoring program helps young people enjoy their relationship with God and with each other, allows them to have conversations in mentoring group and with mentors that they may otherwise never have and seeks to have them experience positive things that inspire their future. Mixed age and gender mentoring groups are provided for young people of all ages. Mentoring groups meet on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month during Friday Night Alive. The mentoring groups are:
Men of Valor (grades 9-12)
During the summer months (June, July and August), Teen Summer Worship provides a worship opportunity designed for teens to engage their faith. The teens have a separate service. This service is non-traditional and includes various, games, discussions, arts & crafts, role plays and a small sermon as well as a time of Praise and Worship. Teens have the opportunity to ask and discuss difficult questions, interact with each other, laugh, pray and wonder all while seeking after God and exploring their faith. (psalm 150:6)
2nd Sunday worship provides an opportunity for teenagers to experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On 2nd Sundays, during the 10:45am morning service, the teenagers participate in a special interactive sermon. The interactive sermon may include skits, discussions, specially created videos, singing, poetry or games. The scripture and content is similar to that day’s sermon but it is presented in an interactive manner so young people can experience the Word in a way that may be more accessible to their active learning styles. (Luke 18:16, John 4:24)