The 5 Pillars: What We Want Our Youth to Embrace
The theme we want our teens to embrace would be summarized in Joshua 22:5
But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
In this verse we find "Five Pillars" that the Lord has laid out for the believer
- To Love the Lord your God
- To Walk in all His Ways
- To Keep His Commandments
- To Cleave unto Him
- To Serve Him with all Your Heart and with all Your Soul
How We Do It: Weekly Meetings
During Sunday School we focus on preaching the Word of God in an interactive format designed to be thorough and yet applicable to where today’s teenagers live and breathe. (This weekly ministry begins September 2019) These meetings will strive to provide a venue for our teens to….
- Talk about how the Word of God can be lived in real life (through preaching, devotions, etc.)
- Talk about each other’s spiritual challenges
- Pray for each other and request others to pray for them
- Share spiritual victories
- Hold each other accountable regarding spiritual growth
- Become closer friends
- Grow in their love and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Word
We strive to have at least one youth activity per month that have three foundational objectives
- On my Knees
Means that we want to encourage our teens to worship God individually and corporately
- Have Fun
Means we acknowledge that teens are at a time in their lives where fun and games are still at a premium. Our take on fun is that it should be healthy, safe and fun for all, while at the same time always honoring God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
- Make a Difference
Means we have fun with a purpose. We reach out to others in order to cultivate an others-oriented focus. Meeting physical and spiritual needs helps us to remember what Christ has done for us.
Youth & Parent Ministry Philosophy
Teens and parents of this age face many obstacles and opportunities. The obstacles involve navigating the cultural challenges at a time when the opportunities for fruitful ministry are enormous and ripe. In response to these obstacles and opportunities, the Youth Ministry at Napavine Baptist Church seeks to come along side our parents as they nurture their teens to live Christ-centered lives in this age. We want to provide both parents and teens the encouragement, information, and insight needed to address the unique challenges of growth from childhood through the teen years and into adulthood.
Allen and Nicole Harrolle were both saved in the spring of 2005 and were baptized and joined Heritage Baptist Church in Roscoe, IL. As they began to grow in their love and knowledge of the Lord and His Word, Allen felt the Lord's call to serve Him with his life and in 2008 Allen became the Assistant Pastor at Heritage focusing on youth and teen ministries and shortly thereafter received his bachelor's degree from Maranatha Baptist University. Allen and Nicole served for 10 wonderful years at Heritage until the Lord clearly moved their family to Washington and Napavine Baptist Church in late 2018.
Allen and Nicole have a passion for today's youth both saved and unsaved. They love interacting with them and helping to sharpen their knowledge of not only "what" they believe but "why" they believe it and what God's Word says about that subject. Teens today often require more than just answers. They need real Christians, real models and real love.
As the Lord has brought Allen and Nicole to this new point in their service to Him, they feel blessed that they are able to serve at yet another loving, Bible believing church home and cannot wait to see how the Lord will continue to move, grow and lead their family here.