What is NextGen?
Never heard of a Next Generation Ministry? Our NextGen structure represents a new way to think about children's and youth ministry. We believe every phase (preschool, elementary, middle school and high school) presents a unique opportunity to develop a child's faith. Because the opportunities at each phase are so different we believe strongly that every phase needs a dedicated champion to best leverage those opportunities and lead our amazing volunteers in reflecting Jesus to our children. Meet our team at the bottom of this page.
We are deeply committed to teaching the Bible. We are also deeply committed to fun, relationships, being a place kids belong and mobilizing kids to use their God given gifts and talents. Each of those things have merit on their own but we believe when those things live in harmony and are connected to a clear vision for how we want to disciple kids they become something much larger than a handful of great values. Our mission is to partner with parents in an effort to help children come to faith in Christ and experience God in all of life.
In a nutshell, we believe that children need a lot of the same things we as adults need. Large group times in preschool and elementary phases involve worship through music, engaging skits and teaching from the bible. Many of our middle and high school students also attend a worship service here at Faith so their large group time is focused around an engaging game and age appropriate teaching. Kids of all ages connect in small groups where consistent trusted volunteers give kids a place to belong and connect their large group teaching to everyday life.
Chris Barker, NextGen Pastor
Jon Hibbard, Middle School Director
Janelle Case, NextGen Administrator
Tricia Holliday, Preschool Director
Julie Robinson, High School Director
Doug Gurgel, Elementary Director