Our Approach to Bringing Up Children of Faith
As a Presbyterian and Reformed church Westminster takes seriously the vows we take as a congregation each time a baby is baptized.
Because the middle and high school years are particularly critical in this process we have entered into a unique relationship with Young Life to raise up a student generation who will remain committed to following Jesus right through college and into their adult lives.
Abby Acre and Nick Roby are YL staff assigned to work with our middle and high school students. They run both Club and Campaigners right here at Westminster and take our youth to YL weekends and camps as well as giving them the opportunity to be on work crews as they learn what it looks like to serve others in the name of Jesus. In addition, most of their work week is spent with our youth – at their games and school events, meeting one-on-one, and through social media.
Westminster is one of just a handful of churches in the country who have partnered with Young Life for our youth ministry. Young Life has had its Charlotte offices on our campus for close to thirty years and we have supported their ministry for at least that long. However, in the past year our relationship has deepened as we hired two Young Life staffers to work with our middle and high school students. All of our students now are able to attend Young Life weekends, Campaigner weekends (for deeper discipleship), Young Life summer camps, and local Young Life events. And all this is in addition to our own weekly ‘Crew’ (Wednesday nights) and ‘Discipleship’ (Sunday school) meetings. If you know Young Life you know that it is a highly one on one, relational approach to sharing Jesus with kids and that is our goal – that every child in our church will have the chance to know Jesus personally because someone cared enough to tell them. Finally, our goal for our young people is that as they head off to college, the military, or into the workforce they will continue in their walk with Christ without missing a beat.