The purpose of CCC's Student Ministry is to, in partnership with parents, develop students into mature disciples of Christ who exalt God's glory, are equipped to love and serve within the body of Christ, and seek to extend God's kingdom wherever they live, work, and play.

One way we describe the purpose of CCC's Student Ministry is to use three relational directions: upward, inward, and outward. These directions guide our vision for what we want to be true of the students that are shaped by our ministry. This vision impacts everything we do, from the teaching on Sunday night to the events and activities that happen throughout the week and year as a whole. 

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 34:1-3

We want students to understand the importance of developing their relationships with God. When we are together, we spend time in God's word (because we know this is how He speaks to us) and in prayer (because we know this is how we speak to Him). We believe that the more we do these things, the more we know God—and the more we know God, the more we love Him and want to exalt Him.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:19-21

Our desire is for students to be loving and learning from each other as well. We play games together, we share about our lives, and we pray for one another. Because we are united in Christ, we know that the differences that sometimes divide students out in the world don't need to do the same thing here. This inward direction also emphasizes the role of students within the local church. Students aren't just the "future" of the Church; they are an integral part of the body of Christ right now! In light of this, we aim to equip students to recognize and use their gifts to bless the church.

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20

We seek to be a youth group that loves the world the way that God does—whether by serving the Carmel community, being involved in CCC’s mission work, or lovingly engaging with the friends, neighbors, and classmates God has put in our lives. We want our own love for Jesus and His gospel to grow so big that we can’t help but extend His kingdom by sharing it with others! Because of this, we desire the youth group to be a place where newcomers are welcomed, questions are encouraged, and students are growing in their ability to articulate and live out the gospel.