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Thanks for checking out Student Ministries here at our Leawood Campus! Across all of our campuses, we desire to be a caring family of multiplying disciples, influencing our community and world for Jesus Christ. We recognize that the years in middle school and high school are incredibly formational, and therefore, want to journey alongside our students and parents through this season as we learn, love, and live into the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

New to Christ Community? or want to learn more about Student Ministries, we would love to connect with you. Contact us if you have questions, comments, or are seeking care or support.

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Parents

At Christ Community we truly believe that parents hold the primary role in discipling their children. We also believe that students play a vital role in the spiritual formation of their parents. Find out more about our programs and events below.

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Love KC

Love KC | JUN 16-18, 2016

Love KC is a local opportunity for middle school and high school students and their parents—to learn about and practice the goodness of God and walk humbly with him in a diverse city—seeking the “common good” of everyone in Kansas City. Student and parents will spend 2+ days serving with ministry partners, experiencing and exploring, and learning to love Kansas City well.

More details and registration are coming soon!

Winter Retreat

Winter Retreat | JAN 22-24, 2016

Each winter, we head to Tulsa, OK for a two-day retreat designed specifically for middle school students. Again this coming winter, we will be attending the annual Believe Conference, hosted by CIY (Christ in Youth), which is two days “structured specifically for [middle school] students and is packed with powerful worship, intense drama, and teaching from God’s Word.” This is a terrific opportunity for our Christ Community middle school students and friends to grow deeper in faith in Christ, continue to build deep Jesus-centered friendships, and have some amazing fun!

Summer Camp at Youth Front

Summer Camp | JULY 18-23, 2016

Every summer our Middle School group heads out to Youthfront Camp West (Edgerton, KS) for a week of Middle School Summer Camp! For an entire week (5 days) students will encounter Biblical teaching, formative experiences, energetic musical worship, crazy fun games, and lasting friendships.

Registration is open. Click here for more details.

Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat | SEP 30 – OCT 2, 2016

Every Fall (aka, “Autumn”), Christ Community students and friends head out to Youthfront Camp West for our annual Fall Retreat. This retreat is the highlight of the fall semester (and entire year) for our students, adult volunteers, and staff members alike. This retreat incorporates all of our Christ Community campuses, and we are again partnering with our friends at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church (Kansas City, MO). This retreat is a terrific opportunity for both high school and middle school students to begin the school year well by heading out to camp for a long weekend (two nights) in order to build friendships, have fun, and grow closer to Christ through teaching, worship, and Christian fellowship.

DETAILS >

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Love KC

Love KC | JUN 16-18, 2016

Love KC is a local opportunity for middle school and high school students and their parents—to learn about and practice the goodness of God and walk humbly with him in a diverse city—seeking the “common good” of everyone in Kansas City. Student and parents will spend 2+ days serving with ministry partners, experiencing and exploring, and learning to love Kansas City well.

More details and registration are coming soon!

Houseboats: High School Summer Camp

Summer Camp | JULY 24-28, 2017 (Monday-Friday)

WHAT: HS Summer Camp at Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas (Boat Dock Cove, Bull Shoals, AR 72619)

COST: $425/student (Limited scholarships available)

This summer our High School students will head to Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas for Houseboats 2K17! Houseboats is our High School Summer Camp where students and their friends experience an unbelievable week of camp on water! Students will have an opportunity to engage with other high school students, study the Scriptures, wake-board, tube, wake-surf, play some crazy games, worship God under the stars, engage in thoughtful conversations about life and faith, and create one of the best experiences of their lives!

Registration OPEN >>

Registration will remain open through May 15 or until we reach capacity.

Houseboats 2K17 is open to all high school students entering 9th Grade in the 2017-2018 school year through outgoing 12th Grade students. All high school students from our campuses are invited to register and sign-up, along with bringing some of their friends with them.

Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat | SEP 30 – OCT 2, 2016

Every Fall (aka, “Autumn”), Christ Community students and friends head out to Youthfront Camp West for our annual Fall Retreat. This retreat is the highlight of the fall semester (and entire year) for our students, adult volunteers, and staff members alike. This retreat incorporates all of our Christ Community campuses, and we are again partnering with our friends at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church (Kansas City, MO). This retreat is a terrific opportunity for both high school and middle school students to begin the school year well by heading out to camp for a long weekend (two nights) in order to build friendships, have fun, and grow closer to Christ through teaching, worship, and Christian fellowship.

DETAILS >

programming

Sunday

At 9:00am on Sunday mornings, our students gather in the Café for a time to connect and hang out before heading into a large group gathering in the Student Center for teaching and conversation.

Sunday Morning Schedule

9:00-9:15am – Cafe Fellowship
9:15-10:15am – Large Group Gathering

First time guests are encouraged to connect with our student leaders at our Visitor Check-in table in the Student Center lobby.


Summer 2017 Series

Join us for our summer teaching series—Sweeter Than Honey! We will be diving into a set of messages from various Christ Community teachers on the topic and value of the Bible.

We believe that the Bible is a critical part of the life of a disciple. It not only reveals the path we ought to walk, but It also reveals the God who is leading us. We believe the Bible tells an authoritative “4-Chapter” story that serves as the design for all of life—which is our hope of redemption through Jesus Christ. While the Bible is often stereotyped as boring and outdated, we hope this summer series in Student Ministries will help students see the Bible as true and helpful, trustworthy and transformative, beautiful and sweet. We want to equip students with the skills to read and study the Bible for themselves—seeing and savoring the glory of God in the Bible.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Wednesday

The purpose of our Wednesday night gatherings is to create an environment where students can encounter Jesus Christ, explore the Christian faith, and engage in Christian community. We hope students will feel welcomed and loved—and have a place where they belong. Most definitely, our students will be encouraged and challenged to grow in their knowledge and love of Christ, regardless of where they are on the faith spectrum.

Wednesday Night Schedule

6:00pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – Dinner

6:45pm – Middle School Small Groups
7:00pm – High School Large Group

7:30pm – Middle School Large Group
7:30pm – High School Small Groups

8:30pm – Wrap Up

 

Dinner

Our doors open at 6:00pm for anyone who wants to show up and hang out in the Cafe. We begin to serve pizza at 6:30pm for $1.00/slice. This is a terrific time for students to come together, share a meal, and catch up on life. It’s also a great way for new students and friends to connect with our church family before we beginning our program.

Large Group Gatherings

These Large Group Gatherings are designed for fellowship, celebration, and worship through song, teaching, and prayer. They are designed specifically and appropriately for our Middle School Students and High School Students (who meet in separate spaces). We hope to create casual environments—where students are comfortable interacting and connecting with other students, adult leaders, and most importantly, Jesus.

Small Groups

In age and gender-specific Small Groups, students and leaders wrestle through Biblical teaching and seek to apply Biblical truth to their lives. It’s our desire for these groups be places of dialogue and interaction, rather than monologue and lecture. We believe that every student plays a vital part in shaping and forming the lives of others in their small group.

Parents

We desire to come alongside parents of teenagers in order to encourage and equip. In no way do we wish to minimize your role in the life of your student. Statistics continue to indicate that you are the most influential person in the life of your teenager, even if you don’t feel like you are. We want to build healthy relationships with (and around) your student and seek the good of your entire family. We are on “your team” and want to serve in any way possible.

Here at Christ Community you are likely to hear the phrase “intergenerational ministry”—seeking to communicate our deep desire to bring the everyday lives of all generations together. We recognize and affirm the need for age-appropriate ministry, but not at the expense of getting our entire church body together. Intergenerational Ministry is not in place for a top down experience, but for a shared, learning relationship that goes both ways. Therefore, we want to encourage you, as parents, not only to invest in and care for your own teenager(s), but to do likewise for the many other young people at Christ Community. We believe our students will grow the most when they have at least five adults speaking into their lives and caring for them. We hope that you would consider being one of those five adults for a teenager outside of your own home.

If you would like to find ways you can serve students and other families, please check out our Opportunities to Serve section on this page. If you would like to get connected or have questions about Student Ministries, please contact us.

Resources

At Christ Community we truly believe that parents hold the primary role in discipling their children. We also believe that students play a vital role in the spiritual formation of their parents. That is why we, as a Student Ministries team, desire to encourage and equip both parents and students in your efforts of mutual discipleship. Below you will find a collection of books and websites that you may find helpful as you seek to grow in the likeness of Christ together.

Resources on Sex and Sexuality

Wendell Berry once said, “Sex, like any other necessary, precious, and volatile power that is commonly held, is everybody’s business.” Sex is a good and glorious gift from God. But like all of God’s gifts, it is easily distorted and twisted by sin. Sex has such a great deal of power both for good and for evil. It is for this reason that we have decided to keep a list of resources specifically devoted to this subject on this resource page. Below, you will find a list of resources for parents and students on the subject of sex and sexuality.

Books for Parents

Books for Parents

Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children by Joe McIlhaney Jr., and Freda McKissic Bush.
This is one of the best book we have read, thus far, on the subject of sexuality and adolescence. It is a well-researched book that is very accessible for both teens and adults. We have found it very insightful and would strongly recommend you read this book.

So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can do to Protect Their Kids by Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne
A fabulous commentary on the over-sexualized culture that our children are growing up in and how it is impacting their sexual development. While it is a great book on how to talk to your children about sex, there is a great deal on practical information for parents on how to guide and protect their children in a sex-saturated culture.

Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity by Lauren Winner
This is a phenomenal book for both parents and older teenagers. It approaches the subject of sex in a much more holistic sense, as well as in a communal sense.

Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers
While this may not be all that helpful for teenagers, it is a great resource on understanding how pornography hijacks our brain and distorts the way we think about sex.

Teaching Your Child Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life by Jim Burns
This book is similar to The Purity Code, but addresses you, as the parent, giving valuable ideas on how to address some of the biggest sexual issues our teenagers are facing today.

Sex, Dating and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand
You will find some very clear, practical, and more importantly biblical wisdom in this book. This may be a great book for students and parents to read through together.

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
The subject of homosexuality is increasingly a significant topic of conversation. With so many voices and opinions on the issue out there, Wesley Hill (a gay Christian) provides some helpful words on how the church can begin to think and talk about it in ways that are both faithful to scripture and helpful to those with questions and struggles.

Books for Students

Books for Students

Sex: It’s Worth Waiting For by Greg Speck
Greg Speck has been doing youth ministry for more than 30 years and has a remarkable ability to connect with students on difficult topics in ways that are relevant and helpful. This is a great read for any teenager who has questions about sex.

Sex Has a Price Tag: Discussions About Sexuality, Spirituality and Self Respect by Pam Stenzel
Pam Stenzel is not shy about the subject of teenage sexuality. She is very blunt, but also very clear. This book is addressed to both boys and girls. You will find personal testimonies, medical stats and practical solutions in this book.

Pure Eyes: A Man’s Guide to Sexual Integrity by Craig Gross and Steven Luff
Craig Gross is the founder of XXXChurch, which is a ministry to people who struggle with pornography and sex addiction, as well as to people in the sex industry. This is a great book designed for men and the struggles they face to maintain sexual purity.

Pure Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Integrity by Shellie Warren
This is an official resource of XXXChurch and is the female counterpart to Pure Eyes. This book addresses real and honest issues that women face in regards to sexual temptation and maintaining sexual purity.

Sex, Dating and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand
You will find some very clear, practical, and more importantly biblical wisdom in this book. This may be a great book for students and parents to read through together.

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
The subject of homosexuality is increasingly a significant topic of conversation. With so many voices and opinions on the issue out there, Wesley Hill (a gay Christian) provides some helpful words on how the church can begin to think and talk about it in ways that are both faithful to scripture and helpful to those with questions and struggles.

Web Resources

Web Resources

pureintimacy.org
This ministry includes articles on sexual addiction, homosexuality and a proper theology of sexuality. Also, it offers resources for spouses of those who struggle with those issues.

purelifeministries.org
Founded by a former sex addict and his wife, this ministry offers articles and resources for those who struggle with sexual sin and for spouses of those who struggle.

xxxchurch.com
One of the leading resources in helping men and women fight the battle for their sexual purity, XXX Church offers resources, blogs, videos and confessional opportunities for men and women struggling with sexual sin. Also, they feature a section for those dealing with the repercussions of their spouse’s sin.

fightthenewdrug.org
Fight the New Drug’s message is based on science and facts. In a sense, science is an international currency. They explain why porn is harmful by educating people about the negative psychological and physical reactions it causes.

Opportunities to Serve

Service is a vital area of life for the follower of Christ, and we value both adults and students serving here at Christ Community Church. Below are some general and specific ways you can serve other students and families and our broader church family. If you would like to see opportunities to serve our local community, city, and world, please head to the Outreach section of our website.

If you are interested in serving in any of these following ways, or want to talk to a pastor about serving, please contact Debbie Perry.

Opportunities for Students

Musical Worship: Serve with your gift of music and art by helping lead fellow students in musical worship on Wednesdays and occasional Sundays—whether, you play an instrument, sing, or create visual art.

Student Contributors:

Children’s Ministry: Serve as a Children’s Ministry volunteer on Sunday mornings alongside trusted/trained adult Children’s Ministry workers. There are a variety of ways you can invest in young children here at Christ Community.

First Impressions Team: Serve our Christ Community guests through hospitality. We hope for Christ Community and Student Ministries to be a welcoming place—a place where students and families feel at home.

Sunday Cafe Team: Serve on our coffee or Cafe team—brewing and serving coffee to our congregation on Sunday mornings or selling food items from the Cafe counter.

Opportunities for Adults

Small Group Leader: Co-lead as small group of students according to grade and gender.

Wednesday Night Cafe Team: Serve in our Cafe on Wednesday nights—serving pizza, candy, and drinks—all while building relationships with students.

Team Player (behind the scenes): Serve our students and families with tasks and projects behind the scenes—like planning, preparation, and prayer.

Musical Worship: Support our Middle School or High School praise bands with your gifts in music and art.

Teaching: Serve with your gifts in teaching God’s word to students in a Sunday morning D-Group, at Wednesday night youth group, or in the context of a Small Group.

Set-Up Team: Help set up and prepare for gatherings on Sundays, Wednesdays, or for special events.

Decorating Team: Help us make the Student Center and Small Group rooms look awesome.

Host Families: Serve by offering up your home as a space for students (and families) to gather.

Mentors:

Small Group Sponsors: Sponsor a specific Small Group through prayer, connection, and treats.

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