Our church's overall vision is to make disciples of Jesus in every generation. We see high school as a focal point of that vision. Our high school students are uniquely positioned to find and develop deep Christian relationships with mentors above them and to be mentors to those younger than them.
Our desire is for our students to experience genuine life change through a growing relationship with Jesus. Our hope is that you would know Jesus intimately and make Him the priority in your life. We believe the most important thing the church can provide to help you with this is to connect you into an authentic and intentional discipleship making family.
It's hard for us to measure your own personal relationship with God, but we do know that a good indicator of a healthy Christian life is healthy Christian relationships (1 John 3:11-18). The best way to see this play out in your life is what we call the 3x3x3 model. The question is whether you can say that you have 3 intentional mentors, 3 real friends, and 3 authentic disciples in your Christian life.
01. Intentional Mentors
An intentional mentor is someone whose life you want to emulate as they follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). It's someone who you meet with regularly, talk with openly and honestly, and who can challenge, guide, and advise you in the Christian Life that God has for you.
This is of utmost importance for all of us because none of us know how to perfectly live our lives. We need people to help us see the paths before us, the grace today, and the redemption in our pasts.
Our main way to help you find these mentors is Friday Night Life and Home Life groups. However, we also encourage you to find these mentors in your parents, in other ministries, and by participating in activities with our college and adult ministries.
02. Real Friends and community
Real friends not only spend time with you and have shared hobbies, but are honest with you about your flaws (Proverbs 27:6 & 17), keep you accountable in your struggles to improve (Proverbs 17:17 & 18:24), remind you of Jesus' Grace (Hebrews 10:25), and share real Christian fellowship (Amos 3:3).
We understand that this can be hard to find at a church of our size, especially on a very rushed Sunday. We hope that you understand that God truly wants to bless you with a great Christian community and we hope Christ First Student ministry can be that place for you.
Retreats and life groups are a great way to start engaging new people and opening up to new friends.
03. Making disciples
Jesus doesn't just save us for our own benefit, but so that we can also be a light to others (Matthew 5:12-16 & 2 Corinthians 1:3-11). Therefore for healthy Christian growth we need to be engaged in making disciples that can follow us as we follow Jesus.
We highly encourage you to participate in our Junior High, KidzWinc (Elementary), AWANA (Sunday after church) and Vacation Bible School (VBS or elementary summer retreat). For more info please contact us and we will refer you to the correct department.
Following Jesus is more than just an act of confession, following Jesus is a whole life commitment
Assembly is our student leadership program that is designed to identify, train, and empower our students to become the present and future leaders of the church. The Assembly is open to any regular ANC Christ First student who meets the requirements listed in the information packet and who passes our Assembly quiz.
The Assembly quiz can be taken at any time and the Assembly can be joined at any time.
Full information on our Assembly program, including moral and dating guidelines is available at:
The Assembly quiz can be downloaded here:
The following videos explain each section of the Assembly quiz