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WELCOME

Welcome to CBC Youth Ministry! On this page you'll find out about who we are, what we have to offer, how you can plug in, and what we do. We're a part of the ministry here at CBC but we focus our attention on those who are between 6th grade to 12th grade. If you come you'll notice that although the majority of us "look alike" we're actually from all different backgrounds, we all have different issues, and no, we're not all related. So trust us, you're not alone. You never have to pretend to be someone you're not. It's because we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ meets us where we're at and changes us. Welcome again to our ministry, we hope we can help you see the beauty of the Gospel.


OUR VISION & DIRECTION 2016 - 2017

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.

1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 2 Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. 4 For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the God of Jacob. 5 He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known: 6 "I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. 7  In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 8 Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me! 9  There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11 "But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. 13  Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! 14  I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. 15  Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever. 16 But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you." (Psalm 81:1-16 ESV)

CHANGE is inevitable. It's going to come whether we like it or not. And no, I'm not talking about truth or our beliefs, but I am talking about how we do things. We have to talk about change because of the times in which we live. We have to talk about change because of what we have learned and what the past few years have taught us. And we change not because it's the cool thing to do, but because we want to constantly be growing. So this year it's going to be a big year of change.

Now a lot of people HATE change. They hate it because it seems to make people feel uncomfortable. Maybe they've gotten into a rhythm and if something changes, it throws them all off. Maybe change strips people of the their power and position and that's why they don't like it. Or maybe change is just scary. It's like walking out on the water when there's a thunderstorm going on in the middle of the night and you don't know if you're going to die. Yes, it's scary, uncomfortable, odd, but it might just be worth it.

The people of God constantly had to deal with this issue of change as they followed after God. He never just let them sit in one spot and let them veg out. He always pushed them further in order to see them grow and influence the world. I wanted to use this Psalm as a reminder for us as we move forward. The Psalm starts out with praise of God. Why? Because he is the center of the attention. He is the one that doesn't change and He is the one worthy of worship and we as God's people need to remember this. He then reminds his people of what He did in the past for them - that he saved and rescued and redeemed. And the promise was that God will continue to bless and satisfy if his people would just trust him. Yet for some odd reason the people "did not listen" and they did whatever they wanted and God in pure broken-heartedness allows them to chase their own happiness. Tell me this isn't us guys? We've experienced God and him working, we know the dangers of falling away from him and yet we still think we're smarter than God and so we run. We trust ourselves. I'm so glad the verse doesn't just end there and instead, it offers hope even to those who have turned away. My prayer this year is that we would hear this Psalm in our context as we move on to another year. I pray that our hearts aren't just satisfied with just "attending church" or "being good people." My prayer is that we KNOW God this year...like really know him. Not just know about him but really know him...experience him...trust him and follow him even when we're not sure how it's going to turn out. I pray that from knowing God we begin to KNOW each other. Like more than just social media know each other but really interact with each others' lives...not just the ones we like, but every single person in our youth group. My hope is that we want to want to know people and we take initiative in knowing about each other from 6th graders all the way to 12th graders and past to adults. I want us to be vulnerable with each other - sharing our thoughts, lives, and struggles. For us to check in and check up with one another throughout the week. Why? Because that is what the Gospel does to a community of people. The gospel strips everyone down to one common denominator - sinners in need of a savior. And because of that, we are all together on this one journey no matter the age, the background, the baggage, the life stage.

From there we want to GROW in our understanding of God and in our spiritual maturity (depth). The theme from Dcamp this year was pretty appropriate. It was out of Psalm 63 where David says that "your love is better than life." I pray that we all become so desperate for the Lord that we do anything we can to chase him. It'll include trusting him over ourselves. It'll include purposefully and intentionally doing things that will cause us to grow in spiritual maturity. It'll include confession, repentance, accountability, mentoring and serving. But not only do we want to GROW ourselves, we must seek to GROW others. We're all going to be held accountable for discipleship and community this year. Who do you mentor? Anyone younger than you. Who are you mentored by? Those older.

FINALLY know that we're in this process of change. We don't know exactly how hard it'll be. We don't know what it'll actually look like. But we trust that the Lord has led us to this point in our history and our ministry. I know that this will take all of us as members to play their part and play it well. It will take a lot of patience and intentionality. Let us always remember that in the end, this is about the Gospel and about what the Gospel does to a group of people called the church. We pray for lives to be changed and people to be saved. We are hopeful.


WHO WE ARE

All families have certain characteristics. Some may be tall, some athletic, some light some dark, some musically talented, etc. We call those family traits. Here at CBC Youth, we have our own family traits that we call "core values" and those are just characteristics that define who we are. If you'd like a full description, please download CBC Youth Core Values (for Leaders).

Depth

Our ultimate core value is that you run to Jesus for all of life. We know that there's a difference between merely attending church and truly following Jesus. And at the end of the day, we would rather have a few who are willing to dive deep in their faith rather than thousands who remain shallow. We know that following religion is easy, but the cost of following Jesus and taking Him seriously is more difficult. To this end, we run away from anything that draws us away from Jesus and we run towards those things that pull us towards Him. We want to constantly be unsatisfied with where we are spiritually and always yearning for more of Jesus.

Community

We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings together a bunch of messed up people and makes them a new people. We're not all best friends and we don't always get along, but we believe that because of Jesus, we are actually one family. And then it creates this type of family love that we protect and watch over our own people but also invite others in and love on everyone. Because of Jesus we partner with other Gospel-centered youth groups and churches. We believe this is what Church should be.

Discipleship

We believe that Jesus offered anyone who would be willing to come and follow after him and be his disciple. And then he commanded those disciples to make other disciples. We understand disciple as those who are learners and followers of Jesus. And so as we learn about and follow after Jesus, we bring along others for the journey.

Missions

We believe that some are on missions overseas...yes, but we understand missions as where God has placed you according to Acts 17. God has determined the times and places which he has placed you and the youth. This means there are no accidents and that God has placed you here for a specific purpose. Wherever you are, wherever you go...that is your missions field.

Service

We believe that God has given you your gifts, time, talents, and abilities for His kingdom and to push back the darkness. Those things that God has given to you are not meant to stop with you but given to you to push back on others. We believe that God has gifted each person differently and with different set of skills, abilities, talents, and spiritual gifts. Therefore, you do not have to be like the next person...but you can use your uniqueness to further the kingdom.

Truth

We acknowledge and trust that God has spoken to the world and to his people through His Word - the Bible. We believe that it is completely and fully God's Word and it is perfect in what it says, how it says it, and how we should live. We believe that God's Word is all about Jesus. Therefore we humbly learn from it and hear from it. We know that there are hard things in the Bible and yet we unapologetically preach and teach from it. We do not shy away from difficult text and we teach the full counsel of scripture to our youth.

Prayer

This is something we're trying to stress more with our youth group. We say that we can plan an awesome youth program and work our guts out... but unless God shows up and changes lives, then it's all worthless. We're so dependent on Him that we need to constantly beg for Him to move not just in our activities and programs, but more importantly our lives. We believe prayer is not just saying a few words before a meal but it is an act of worship that is done with all of our lives. Prayer is performed by: speaking, sabbath, tithing, confession, fasting, meditation and thanksgiving.


WHAT WE HAVE

CBC YOUTH MINISTRY GUIDE

The purpose of this guide, our hope is that it can be used by a wide variety of people from, students to leaders, to help grow, disciple and lead discussions. So if you are looking for new ways to grow, this guide might help!








CONCLAVE 2016 - 2017

Conclave is a Bible study, open to anyone who is interested. We will meet at Chinese Baptist Church in the Conference Room, located in the Education Building from 6:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday nights.






                      

ACCESS

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Access Fellowship is every Friday Night for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers to kick off their weekends in a casual and relaxing atmosphere geared to allow them to experience God-centered fellowship and worship without any pressure. We meet on Friday Nights from 7:30 - 9:15 pm in the CBC Chapel. *see calendar for changes




                                              ACCESS Fall Calendar

DATE TOPIC DATE TOPIC
May 12 Last meeting of the school year



Small Groups

Small groups are held at various times and various locations throughout the week and throughout the city of Houston. We offer small groups as a way for students of the same-sex to engage with one another in accountability and study and prayer.


Community Groups | Cbcyouthministries

WHAT: Community Groups (CG'S) are intentional, purposeful and smaller groups of our Youth Ministry that meets together regularly to share life, encouragement, truth and Biblical growth.

WHEN: CG'S meet Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:20 pm at Chinese Baptist Church in the Chapel.

WHO: Each CG is comprised of adult leaders, college sponsors and youth from 6th - 12th grade mixed guys and girls. All community groups are open to Christians, non-Christians, skeptics, faithful, churched, unchurched and everyone in the middle.

HOW DO I JOIN?: Just show up on Sunday and we'll plug you into a CG, or you can email us at cbcyouth@cbchouston.org.

WHAT TO EXPECT: You can expect to be cared for and loved on by your CG and its leaders. We want to create a space where two things happen:

  1. You can be open and honest about who you are and what you are going through. Come as you are and meet people where they are.
  2. You can encourage and love on others. Not only do we want your to be cared for but for you to also care for others.

HOW DID WE GET HERE? After a lot of praying and reading, we've decided to take this route and try to do this community group thing. We actually did a lot of analyzing where our youth have been and what were the results and we noticed that there were two major holes in our youth program:

  1. Our current youth model wasn't the most effective on Sunday mornings. We've noticed students come in and out of our doors without anyone really knowing and following up on them. Our current Sunday School program was geared towards our members who were Christian and it provided theology in a lecture model. Don't get us wrong, it was awesome...but we were missing a lot of students where they were at.
  2. We saw many of our students needed to be cared for and loved on. Unless students took the extra initiative, many of them didn't have people who invested in their lives and our leadership personnel didn't have enough help to cover all our youth.

OUR PRAYER: Our hope is that every student that is a part of our youth group is covered by both our adult leaders and youth members. We want to make it impossible for youth to merely be attendees and just be anonymous. We pray that there becomes this multi-generational discipleship that occurs and we have youth mentoring youth and adults working together with students from all grades. We pray that our students are honest with their struggles, bold in their faith and passionate in their pursuit of Jesus.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

  1. ADULTS IN TOWN: Join us in our vision and become a CG leader. You'll be partnered with another leader to disciple and coach an awesome group of students. Watch how the Lord will mature and grow you as you faithfully shepherd his youth.
  2. ADULTS OUT OF TOWN: Become one of our sponsors. You can still provide discipleship and support while away. You do so by praying for your assigned CG by yourself and with your community there. You also provide support by checking in with your CG weekly and when you're back in town. It is a great way to stay connected to your local church even while away.



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Growth Paths



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Option 1: The Apostles' Creed (Video Sermon Series from TVC):
Description:
The Apostles' Creed finds its genesis in the apostles' teachings and contains essential Christian doctrines and beliefs that summarize the gospel and make up the foundation of our faith. The scriptural truths contained in the creed help us to operate out of good theology, not bad theology, with the knowledge that our faith is rooted in truth and a rich history that spans past and present. The lines of the creed aren't mere words. They are the essence of what we confess and believe.
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Option 2: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married (Video Sermon Series from Breakaway) Description: Ben Stuart from Breakaway Ministries at the Texas A&M provides a series on singleness, dating, engaged and marriage. It is one of the most practical and useful sermon series over this topic to date. Not only will youth gain a wealth of knowledge from this but adults and parents as well.
breakawayministries.org

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Option 3: The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller (Book) Description: The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible's songbook - Jesus knew all 150 psalms intimately and relied on them to face every situation, including his death. Two decades ago, Tim Keller began reading the entire Book of Psalms every month. The Songs of Jesus is based on his accumulated years of study, insight and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Kathy Keller came to reading the psalms as a support during an extended illness. Together they have distilled the meaning of each verse, inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the psalms. If you have no devotional life yet, this book is a wonderful way to start. If you already spend time in study and prayer, understanding every verse of the psalms will bring you a new level of intimacy with God, unlocking your purpose within God's kingdom.
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Youth Praise

Every first Sunday of the month, all of the youth will gather together for a time of joint worship, fellowship, and lessons. It's a chance for all of the grades to interact and care on each other. In addition, it is a chance for all of the youth to be directed and led by the youth pastor.









Youth Leadership

For those who are Christian and have committed themselves as members of CBC, we invite you to join our leadership team. If you have a heart for youth and you are committed to seeing the Gospel transform the lives of youth, youth leaders and youth parents, our prayer is that you are passionately in pursuit of Jesus daily and would want to shepherd youth along the way.

Our verse that we gather around is: Ephesians 4:11-14 "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes."

These youth want to take their membership seriously and so they submit themselves to the development of their faith by learning and serving. Currently, we call this our "servant team" who work alongside our adult youth leadership team. If you wish to join the leadership team, please apply with the CBC Youth Leadership Commitment Form (2016-2017).
























Parents

One of our prayers is that we become a youth ministry that equips and challenges parents to be the main disciples of their youth. To this end, we offer monthly parent meetings in order to train and discuss, parent and family counseling, and opportunities for parents to get involved and serve. If you're a parent, and you'd like to get more information, please fill out this form: CBC Youth Parents 2015-2016.































Special Events

We also provide large events that fit the theme of the year. Some will be smaller, local events geared towards just our youth group while others are joint events with other churches in the city, country, and around the world. Please keep checking our calendar for updates.






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REGISTER FOR D-Camp & Impact 2017


Welcome Campers, Counselors and Parents!

D-campers: be at Chinese Baptist Church by 1:00 pm to check-in on Sunday, July 23. Buses will leave CBC at 2:00 pm. Parents: please do not drop students off before 1:00 pm so as to not disturb worship service. You will return to CBC at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, July 26.

Impacters: please be at CBC by 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 26 (eat lunch before you come or bring a lunch with you). Buses will leave from CBC at 12:00 pm. You will return to CBC at 3:30 pm on Sunday, July 30.


DISCOVERY CAMP

D-camp is a four-day camp experience open to all incoming 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade students where we will spend the week learning about Jesus, making new friends, and having a great time.












CAMP IMPACT

Impact is a five day camp experience open to all incoming 10th, 11th, 12th and graduated seniors where we spend the week learning about Jesus, making new friends, and having a great time.



REFUND POLICY
If you register for camp and then choose not to go, we grant full refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, up until the registration deadline. This year, the deadline for receiving registrations is June 30. After the registration deadline, no refunds will be offered.

Location: Forest Glen Northshore Campsite in Huntsville, Texas

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 9, 2017





REGISTER FOR WORLD CHANGERS 2017


Welcome to World Changers 2017 Registration!!!

We're excited to be back at this wonderful mission trip. World Changers is one of our tier-two mission projects where we connect with other churches around the nation in order to serve various communities together.

We believe that through the Gospel, we are redeemed from sin, to Christ and to each other. And because of that, we want to serve each other, walk with each other, and do deep life together.

According to CBC and Lifeway's policies: to participate in a World Changers project, youth must be Christians who are actively involved in their local church ministry. If you are not able to join us in this project, please don't be discouraged...we'll have tons of other projects in the near future for you.

Please consider coming with us. If you cannot, please forward this information to those who would be interested.

Details: World Changers Missions Trip

Dates: June 25 - July 1, 2017 (Actual working dates: June 26-30)

Location: Dallas, Texas (Housing TBD)

Cost: $280.00 Student; $100.00 Adult/Driver; $0.00 Crew Chief *scholarships available

Open to those who are:
1) Committed Christians
2) Good physical health

Limited Spaces of 40 people total. Everything you want to know about World Changers at http://www.lifeway.com/worldchangers/projects-2/locations/dallas-tx/