Living Hope Students is dedicated to honoring God by raising up the next generation to influence the world for Jesus Christ through lasting relationships and a constantly growing walk with Him.
Taking our cue from Jesus, who welcomed children, we value every child in our church as an image-bearer of God. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go”, and in Deuteronomy 4, God gives instructions to the Israelite community to teach their children God's ways.
As part of God’s holy community, the Church, we believe that our investment in each child’s development is a high calling. We recognize that learning alongside peers is an opportunity for growth, and we believe that discipleship by age group has a valuable place in the life of the Church.
We guarantee that all involved in our Student Ministry are:
- Active Living Hope Church Members
- Fully-vetted with a background checked
- Placed where they are gifted to serve effectively
Serving the Lord in any capacity should always be done with joy (Philippians 4). We believe serving with delight is easily accomplished when working with children. Their eager and energetic personalities, coupled with a willingness to engage and learn, make spending time with them a true privilege for our volunteers. Living Hope Students is a joyful, laughter-filled place!
Every parent is under a special calling by God to raise their children in a way that honors Him (Deuteronomy 4, Titus 2). We, as God’s community, come alongside parents to encourage, equip, help, train, admonish, pray for, support, and honor this calling (Ephesians 4). We serve as partners as they seek to honor Him with their family; we are not a replacement for that primary calling on the parent. We seek to include encouraging resources and opportunities for growth both within and outside of our church.
As image bearers of a Holy God, each of us are inherently valuable. Our personalities, traits, backgrounds, and future are precious in God’s sight, and we want to demonstrate the love that we ourselves have received from God (1 John 3:18) to each child in our care. Our words and actions should all be proclaiming, “You are loved! You are seen! You are valuable!” each time we serve our children.
Although working with children can sometimes be challenging, we trust God to equip us with patience, peace, joy, self-control, gentleness, kindness, love, and faithfulness each Sunday morning (Galatians 5:23).