HERITAGE STUDENT MINISTRY
Our mission for 7th-12th grade students, like that of the church, is to lead people into a thriving relationship with Jesus. In order to do this, we strive to create opportunities for God to build passion within the hearts of each student. And we have found that passion is almost exclusively found through experience. A person can gain as much knowledge as they want about the Grand Canyon, Texas Barbecue, or extreme poverty, but those things take on a whole new world when that person experiences them. The same is true in our relationship with God. While knowledge is beneficial, we hope to build passion in teens through their experiences, as they connect to God, one another, and purpose. This is when we move from an inherited, passed-down faith to an alive faith that is all our own.
We want to encourage and empower students AND their parents to better image Christ in their homes and community. This is an initiative where we equip parents/guardians to assume their role as spiritual leaders of the family, providing opportunities to build lasting relationships while offering spiritual guidance that is relevant. For parents, we call this the Orange Strategy.
While churches often know where they want to go, if they don’t have a strategy to get there, it doesn’t make sense. Here at Heritage, our Kids’ and Student Ministries use a strategy called “Orange.”
“Orange” is merely the result of combining Red (the heart of the family) and Yellow (the light of the church). Alone, these two work hard to ensure that every child has a BETTER FUTURE. But when they’re COMBINED, the home and church will have an even GREATER IMPACT.
Put simply, “Orange” helps us remember that we want to partner with families in the spiritual development of all children birth-12th grade.
In classes, this involves using interactive and age-appropriate curriculums at church that are driven deeper through collaboration with parents in the home. Outside of class, it involves many leaders intentionally helping parents understand the current phase (physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually) that their child is in, as well as what each child needs most from the parent within that phase.
In the end, we consider it a privilege to partner with parents in so many ways, including forming your child’s earliest impressions of our wonderful God.