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Welcome to Student Ministries at Christ Community’s Olathe Campus. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and learn more about who we are and what we are about. We aim to live out our church’s calling to be a caring family of multiplying disciples influencing our community and world for Jesus Christ.

Our staff and adult volunteers partner with families in helping students grow in their walk with Christ. We desire to offer programs that are not only fun and engaging but also theologically rich and challenging.

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We count it a privilege to invest in students and their families and to serve them in any way possible. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to have you join us!

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middle & high school

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annual events

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Love KC

Love KC 

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.

Middle School: Youthfront Summer Camp

Summer Camp | JULY 15-20, 2019

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.

Middle School: Fall Retreat

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.

Winter Retreat

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!

Register HERE

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Winter Weekend

Winter Retreat | March 1-3, 2019

High School Winter Retreat will be a great time for our high school students and adult leaders to retreat away, build community, and connect with Jesus. This event was specifically designed with high school students in mind.It’s purpose was created to provide time and space for students, their friends and our adult leaders to experience an unbelievable weekend engaging with peers, studying the Scriptures, snow-tubing, hiking, worship, engaging in thoughtful conversations about life and faith, and to provide one of the best experiences of their lives!

Register HERE

Love KC

Love KC

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.

High School: Fall Retreat

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.

Houseboats: High School Summer Camp

Houseboats | July 22-26, 2019

This summer our High School students will head to Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas for Houseboats 2K19! 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!

 

Houseboats 2K19 is open to all high school students entering 9th Grade in the 2019-2020 school year through outgoing 12th grade students.

programming

Sunday Mornings

9:00 – 10:00am

Our weekly Sunday gathering time for students in 6th-12th grade meet during the first service from 9:00-10:00am. Middle School meets in the Student Center (old Worship Center) and High School meets in Room 201. This meeting is discipleship based. We spend time looking at Scripture to discover more about our Creator, His Son the Christ, and how we as his apprentices are invited to help bring His Kingdom here on earth. We love seeing new faces and would love to have you join us. There will be time to relax, play ping pong or foosball with your friends.

Mid Week

Wednesday Nights
6:30 – 8:15pm

This is our “Youth Group” time. It is a time to engage in community building, outreach, and address current cultural issues. Middle School meets in the Student Center (old Worship Center) and High School meets in Room 201. Come expecting snacks (nut free), good friends, good fun, and a chance to explore ways that we can more deeply understand who God created each of us to be and how we can each serve Him in the building of His kingdom. Our regular Mid Week meetings typically occur from the beginning of September through the beginning of May.

Parents

Parents are seen as essential and critical to Student Ministries at Christ Community. Our desire is to come alongside and encourage you as a parent, not replace or in any way minimize your role in the life of your teenager. Statistics continue to indicate you are the most influential person in the life of your teen, even if you don’t feel like you are. The church has, at best, three hours a week with your teen. You have exponentially more time and influence. We desire to be additional caring adults in the life of your teen, and we want you to know that we are on your team and are here to help if we can.

Around Christ Community, you will hear the term “intergenerational ministry.” This term seeks to communicate our desire to bring all generations of our church to a place where they experience life together, not separately. We affirm the need for age-segmented and age-appropriate ministry, but not at the expense of getting our entire church body together. Thus, as parents, we want to encourage you to not only invest in and care for your own teenagers, but also the other teenagers in our body. We believe our teens will grow best when they have at least five adults who know their name and are investing in their lives. Will you be one of those five for a teenager other than your own? We are excited to be one of those five in the life of your teenager.

If you have questions about our ministry or how you might get involved as a parent, please contact Jonathan Van Maanen. From helping in small ways, to getting in the trenches as a small group leader, we would love to have you on the team.

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.

Student Ministries Volunteer Opportunities

We value adults investing in the lives of our students. If you are interested in volunteering, the list below will give you a general idea of what opportunities  are available and what the role for each area looks like.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to get more specific information, contact Jonathan Van Maanen.

Opportunities

General Opportunities

Office Help: Whether you can come in for a couple hours each week or just a couple of hours at a time, we can use your help to accomplish some of our projects. From stuffing envelopes, to making copies, to managing some of our weekly needs, we have a place for you.

Small Group  Leaders: These adults lead small groups comprised of students during our  Sunday and Wednesday ministries. These group leaders will journey with a group of either middle or high school ages.

Team Players: We are always looking for parents willing to help us with physical needs. From driving students for various church activities, to shopping for special events, we need parents who are willing to take on some of these “behind the scenes” roles. Join us one time or on a regular basis, the choice is yours.

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