Youth MinistryFathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
Our Youth Ministry is overseen by Minister Michael Ellis, a licensed certified drug and alcohol counselor, educator and behavioral specialist with more than 13 years of experience in the field of education. Min. Mike, as he is affectionately known, has also served many years as a supervisor to the youth ministry at our parent church, as well as one of the founding members of its Big Brothers Ministry.
Our Sunday morning youth worship services have been specifically created to minister to the unique needs of our pre-teen youth (ages 11 and 12) and early teenagers (13 to 17). In addition to studying the Bible and memorizing scripture, our youth engage in roll playing to help educate them about the dangers of such things as alcohol, drugs, bullying and improper relationships with the opposite sex. Since it was designed more of an outreach than a typical youth group, our LOJ Caldwell Youth Ministry supplements Sunday morning worship services with a major recreational outing each month. Our youth are aided in their studies with tutoring and treated to movies, restaurants, NBA basketball and NFL football games, just to name a few.
We don’t believe education begins and ends in the classroom! We believe it is important to show our youth that one can worship and serve the Lord, and still have as much fun as anyone else. And that is why we go the extra mile with dozens of extracurricular activities throughout the year — all in an effort to demonstrate a true, Christ-like example for our youth to follow.