What’s the faith of the next generation worth?
We believe it's worth everything.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
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It’s clear that the faith of the next generation is under siege.
Kids and students are constantly bombarded with messages and distortions of truth that entice them to abandon their faith in Christ and to compromise to fit in with social norms. Now is the time for the church to double down in our efforts to raise up the next generation for Christ. The future of the church depends on intentionally passing the baton of faith to them.
The history of revival in America often starts with the young. At GFC, we believe the gateway to elevating Christ in our society is through discipling the next generation of cultural influencers who will shape the culture of tomorrow. We want to raise up the next generation of faith leaders who point people to Christ.
We know that balancing work, relationships, family commitments, and just everyday life can make parenting kids towards Jesus feel like an insurmountable task. We also believe in the God-given gift of a strong faith community. This takes all of us, whether you’re single, empty nesters, married with no kids or married with young kids, partnering together to help each young person take a step in owning their faith and joining God on His mission.
Grace Kids average weekly attendance.
Of Easter 2023 baptisms were Next Gen.
Unique kids who attended Grace Next Gen last year.
Regular volunteers in Next Gen.
We want to create an experience that is the most fun kids and students will have anywhere else the rest of the week. We want to create a Next Gen experience that kids and students don’t want to miss, and parents are engaged to nurture the faith of our children. All of this will require a financial investment in our ministry spaces and staffing.
There is a concept called third space, which is a communal place outside home and work where people experience themselves and others in a transformative way. We believe that church should be that third space, especially for a young person. When they are not at home or school, we want them to want to be here at church.
To create that space, we want to refresh and complete our next gen areas with relevant, modern design and theming. We plan on creating high-energy, welcoming, and safe spaces. This includes digital signage, interactive games and activities, and furnishings designed for multiple ages.
We’re built for community! Parenting is hard, and you’re not alone in this. Being able to sit down with other parents and relate to each other is life-giving. We plan on creating community environments by the Treehouse and outside in our backyard with lots of seating and play equipment.
For our kids affected by disabilities, we want every child who comes into our space to feel a deep sense of peace and a gigantic dose of love. We love them for who they are and their parents as well, so our plan is to update our toys, furniture, and lights to continue creating inviting, safe, soothing environments that help make it possible for these children and their parents to sit at the feet of Jesus.
What is $250,000 going towards?
Large Group Space $100,000
Disabilities Ministry $35,000
Common Areas $65,000
Why are we investing in physical spaces? Why does environment matter?
God loves creating and designing physical spaces! Genesis’ creation account describes His careful, intentional plan for each element in our world. In Exodus, God gives Moses highly detailed, explicit instructions about the building of His Tabernacle and its contents. God’s personality and character are reflected in His attention to detail and specific preferences for how things look.
Great environments help foster relationships. When we’re in safe, clean, and intentionally created environments, it helps us engage in conversation, worship the Lord, be ourselves, and flourish. Great environments let people know they matter, and that we want them here at Grace.
There is a concept called third space, which is a communal place outside home and work where people experience themselves and others in a transformative way. We believe that church should be that third space, especially for a young person. When they are not at home or school, we want them to want to be here at church!