YOUTH ALIVE MISSION … DIAMission ..To provide an atmosphere where the Word of God is the priority, allowing youth to actively pursue a GENUINE relationship with Jesus Christ. Vision To train our students to understand DIA … Discovery, Identity and Authority. This is the foundation for which all teaching and events are based to allow a student to embrace the concept of how they connect to the DIA vision.. D is for Discovery – Discovering who God is through His Word. I is for Identity ‐ Knowing who I am in Christ A is for Authority – Walking in my God‐given authority and purpose. We believe that the above occurs when we “connect” and we encourage all volunteers and students to know and understand how to incorporate our DIA vision when they are properly connected. We embrace Youth Alive students with a goal that they embrace the concept of DIA through “I connect” statements: D ‐ A place where I connect to allow God to reveal himself to me; I ‐ A place where I connect to see who God has called me to be; A ‐ A place where I connect to obtain/receive tools to fulfill my purpose All three of these acronyms are found in our foundational scripture, where the disciples discovered the truth of who Jesus is and as a result He has provided to us our true identity, once our identity is known and embraced, we then discover our authority given to us by Christ. Matthew 16:13‐19 (King James Version) 13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
REACH. RELATE. RENEW.ReachLuke 14:23 "Then the master said to the servant, ʻGo out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be ﬁlled." Every week at Youth Alive we strive to reach out into our community and give teenagers a compelling reason to come to church. We do this through our: Facility – Youth Alive is over 13,000 sq. ft. of teenage paradise. All the things our facility offers takes away any physical reason a teenager may have for not wanting to come to church. Services – Every Wednesday night, Saturday night and Sunday mornings, we strive to have an event feel for our students. About four to ﬁve times each year, we host a BIG EVENT that gives our Christian students an avenue to reach their world, and the lost teenager a reason to come check out Youth Alive. People – Although our facility and events are extremely important in reaching the teenagers of our area, our biggest assets are the people who serve and the Christian students who attend Youth Alive each week. Each week our workers and our students make an eternal impact on the lives of everyone who attends. Relate Relationships are the conduits in which renewal ﬂows. Where there is no relationship, there can be no change; therefore, each week we will strive to relate to our students through: Individual Contact – It is our goal to relate to individual students who attend our services through pre‐and post‐service games and events, as well as the bus ride to Youth Alive. The Word of God – Every Wednesday, Saturday night, and every Sunday morning, we put the Word of God into our students as we passionately present it in a relevant way so the students will listen and be able to apply what theyve heard to their individual lives. The task that God has given us is far too big to be completed alone, but together, we will not fail. As a team, we will Reach, Relate and Renew one teenager at a time.
RenewalII Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." Without renewal, all is lost. Without change, there is no Youth Alive. Bringing teenagers into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is why we do everything we do. We assist teenagers in developing as young Christians by first loving them, as Christ loves the Church. We model Christ love and acceptance through grace to each and every youth. We cannot extend the love of Christ when we stand in judgment and exhibit no mercy. We are here for one true purpose, and that is to provide a place an opportunity for youth to receive the Word of God. We can only plant seeds or water seeds already planted, it is by the power of God’s Word, and by His spirit that He alone touches our students and begins the transformation that He alone can do. We pray as laborers that we are willing vessels who exhibit patience and practice our faith that ALL things can be done through Christ alone. The transforming love of Christ is what provides each of us, including our students, the ability to be renewed and restored, and to be reborn as His children living for Him and His kingdom
YOUTH ALIVE PROGRAMS SUN MON TUES WED SAT8:30 am - 7:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Unleashed Unleashed & Unleashed & Ground Ground Zero Service Zero combined combined service service10:00 am – Student 7:00 pm – Ground Leadership Zero Service Class11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Bible 6:00 pm – Mentor Unleashed Study Groups Program Service (1x/month)11:00 am – Ground Zero ServiceWeekly Services Unleashed – High School Ministry Specialized services are available on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:30 pm and services are grouped into teaching series that elaborate on relevant topics and how the Bible still contains the answers to all of life’s questions and unravels mysteries our hearts long to know. Our goal is to push the “DIA” methods of teaching so that students are compelled to choose the better life in Christ. On Sunday mornings from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm are bible based expository teaching (verse by verse) to challenge our youth to evaluate their lifestyles and compare them to what the Bible truth. We strive for truthfulness and transparency, passion and commitment, the joy and blessing of what a life with Christ can be. In everything we do with the youth, we encourage a real and intimate relationship with Christ and nurture an environment that loves our youth unconditionally, to represent the love and mercy Christ has for us all. Ground Zero – Junior High Ministry Specialized services are available on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:30 pm and are topic based sermons revolving around monthly themes that challenge and stimulate students to make bold decisions to live for Christ and by teaching through the bible on His character, students come to desire a more intimate relationship with Him. On Sunday mornings from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm services are verse by verse studies in a small group setting that allow for students to reflect on what is being taught and how it can be applied to current life events. Discussions are led by trained small group leaders and are designed to engage students and make the Word of God relevant here and now. Combined Services – Junior High and Senior High Regular services for both age groups are combined to offer teaching on Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm and on Sunday mornings from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Youth Alive Main Sanctuary.
Development Programs Mentoring Programs: Small groups meet once per month. This forum meets on Tuesday nights once per month. Initially, this is a place where like minded youth can get together and form new friendships while having adults encourage them in their faith. We also include field trips that involve expanding their cultural experiences, such as college campus visits, museums, plays, etc. The two groups we currently offer include: • Boys Mentoring Group: “Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI)” • Girls Mentoring Group: “Project I.D. (P.I.D)”, Meeting held once a month. Bible Study Groups: Weekly meetings on Monday evenings from 6 pm – 7pm. These groups are designed to help young men and women grow spiritually and to practice and develop life skills based on the Word of God to influence their day to day decision making. It is through an intimate setting that we continually lead the youth back to the Word of God for answers to everyday issues. By directing them to an absolute truth we empower them to live in confidence and by faith, according to God’s Word. Most of our students will gain a hunger for the Word in this setting and often move up to our next level of commitment to the Christian life through our Student Leadership Program. Student Leadership: An ongoing class offered Sunday mornings at 10:00am designed to provide young Christians an opportunity to connect, engage and form relationships, first with the Word of God, and second with others who have also made the decision to follow Christ. They learn that in order to become effective leaders, they must embrace and learn how to “follow”. We allow for practical opportunities to serve in various capacities. Our goal is to develop students to become leaders both at church, in their homes, schools and communities. Events True Love Waits An annual eight week in‐depth series on purity and restoration. This is illustrated through creative arts and teaching through the Word of God. At the end of this teaching series, both students and parents take a pledge committing themselves to a life of purity and zero tolerance to drugs, alcohol and sexual activity. This is a time of renewal and purification and addresses many difficult real life situations our students face today. Youth Conference An annual event geared towards bringing the Christian community, near and far, to equip youth with the necessary tools to do what God has called each of them to do.
The Six Essentials of the Youth Alive ExperienceIn todays culture, people seek out great experiences everywhere they go. Youth Alive is no exception to that rule. It is our goal to provide an experience which makes a lasting impression on our guests. The Youth Alive Experience is simply this: while at Youth Alive, we want our guests to tangibly experience the love of God while having fun at the same time. In order to accomplish this, we have identified six key things each Youth Alive team member should do during every Youth Alive service. Essential 1: Be Our GuestThe ﬁrst essential in creating the Youth Alive experience is recognizing that each and every person who enters our facility is our guest, and we have the responsibility of being excellent hosts/hostesses for those guests. They are more than just teenagers or visitors; they are individuals who we are excited to have with us. This is a mindset that should inﬂuence how we act in every situation involving a guest. All of the following essentials of the Youth Alive Experience hinge on this mindset. Essential 2: Act “As If” As a Youth Alive Team Member, it is essential that you act “As If” ‐ as if all of our guests are good students who are there for the right reasons, as if each guest is innocent and not guilty. We need to assume the best of our guests, instead of assuming the worst. It is often easy to pre‐judge someone based on their appearance or their attire and then treat them a certain way based on this pre‐judgment. It is also important not to let your dealings with a guest who has violated a policy affect your dealings with other students. This does not mean, however, that we turn a blind eye to problems or violations of rules. If a student has violated a Youth Alive policy, each team member is expected to see that the issue is addressed. We will cover the procedures of when and how to properly confront a guest later in this manual. Essential 3: Get Into Character The best actors are those who have the ability to get into the character they are playing. They have learned how to take on that characters mindset, to communicate like that character and to exhibit the emotions of that character. The actors who succeed in winning their audience are the ones who fully commit to playing their role. As a Youth Alive team member, you have the chance to win over our audience at each service or event we host. In order to do this effectively, you must be in character. Many of us come to Youth Alive directly from stressful workdays or unfavorable circumstances in our personal lives and all too often this means that baggage comes with us. Because of this and because our mission is so important, it is imperative that you take a few moments prior to arriving at Youth Alive to get into character‐ to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for ministering to the guests of Youth Alive. During this time, pray and ask God to help you do your best that night in communicating His love to students, clear your head of whatever baggage might be hanging on
from the events of the day/week, remind yourself of the importance of our mission and your role in accomplishing that mission. Take a moment to think about all of the students who will be coming to Youth Alive that night and the situations they may be facing and think of how you need to act in order to best serve that guest. Another step of getting into character is checking your appearance. Make sure to wear the proper apparel for your department and your name badge so that you are easily identifiable as a Youth Alive team member. Essential 4: Act Your Part Once you are in character and “on stage” (meaning that you are visible in our guest areas), it is time to act your part. Each position has specific responsibilities, but the following things are universal to Youth Alive team members. First, follow the 10‐Foot Rule. Anytime a guest is within 10 feet of you, look approachable; make eye contact, offer a smile and look ready to serve. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out of your way to say hi to every guest that walks through your area, but it does mean that we look ready to offer assistance in any way that they may need. Second, while you are serving at Youth Alive (whether Unleashed Senior High or Ground Zero Junior High) limit your personal conversations. This doesn’t mean that we won’t have plenty of interaction with each other, but we must be careful not to alienate a guest who needs assistance because we are too busy involved with a conversation with another team member. Third, apply the 10‐10‐1 rule each week. It is our goal that every staff and team member greet at least 10 guests prior to and after the service, and has at least 1 conversation with a guest each week. Greeting a guest is something that can be done in passing and consist of a high five or a friendly greeting (i.e. “thanks for coming tonight” or “it’s great to have you here.”) If there is a particular student that you see on a regular basis, ask them about something that is relevant to them, something that they are involved in. This opens the door for them to begin talking about a topic they know a lot about – themselves. Think about this. If each of does this at each service, then we will make personal contact with the majority of our guests each week and further enhance the Youth Alive experience for our guests. Essential 5: Set the Stage In order to successfully create an experience that is memorable for our guests, it is essential that we set the stage‐ our facility. The environment of our facility communicates to our guests that we thought speciﬁcally about them. The cleanliness of our facility communicates that we care. No matter what area you may serve in, be sure that your area is prepared for our guests and kept clean throughout the course of the night. Familiarize yourself with the proper setup of your area so that everything is in place and working properly. Be willing to take the steps necessary to correct any problems, clean up spills and throw away trash. It is essential that we set the stage for serving our guests each week.
Essential 6: Live Up to the Hype Each time the basketball superstar Michael Jordan arrived on the court for a game, he knew that he would be playing against or in front of someone who had never seen him in action. He knew that they would be wondering if he was as good as his reputation made him out to be. He purposed each game to play in such a way that would live up to the hype. This is the same attitude that each of us should have every week at Youth Alive. We have a large number of visitors who attend each week, many of whom have heard about us, and we have the chance to prove that we are as good as they have heard. Purpose to live up to the hype each week you serve at Youth Alive and preserve the Youth Alive Experience.
Ministry Guidelines TEAM MEMBER EXPECTATIONS 1. Must be in agreement with the Statement of Faith of ALFC 2. Must be a member of ALFC 3. Must be a committed and consistent tither 4. Must agree to daily devotion bible study and prayer 5. Must be loyal to the Senior Pastor and the leaders of ALFC and Youth Alive 6. Live a separated Christian life. 7. Must keep your home life in order. 8. Must be faithful to attend weekly church services. (You are required to attend one weekend service and should work this around your volunteer schedule. It is important for all team members to be hooked‐up to the heartbeat of Senior Pastor and to what God is doing here at Abundant Living Family Church. 9. Must complete all leadership training and attend all team member meetings. 10. Must be faithful to your assigned position and arrive on time. 11. Must complete Orientation, Live Scan and receive clearance, Interview, and Training workshops. Christians who are in places of authority and responsibility within the church are required to be examples in faith, conduct, and business matters. To maintain a high standard for workers is one of the best ways to represent Christ to the people of our community. God’s word instructs us to operate in excellence and to maintain order. Therefore, the guidelines provided are required of any person who works in any area of Youth Alive. GUIDELINES FOR TEAM MEMBERS Guidelines should be adhered to by ALL Youth Alive Volunteer Team Members regardless of position. These guidelines were created to protect and benefit both you and the guests of Youth Alive. TEAM LEADERSHIP Youth will not be in the primary care of only one adult. Teams of adults (preferably male and female) will supervise Youth Alive sponsored services, activities and events. This policy helps ensure appropriate levels of supervision and protects adults from unfounded allegations. INDIVIDUAL GUIDANCE Team guidance is mandatory, meaning that two Team Members must be present when providing guidance for a student. Guidance should be given in a public place where private conversations are possible but occur in full view of others. Avoid seclusion. Female adults should counsel female students and males should counsel males. A male and female team is generally appropriate for counseling either gender.
LONG TERM GUIDANCEMost youth workers have not received the proper training to provide long‐term guidance counseling for youth; therefore Team Members should not repeatedly meet with youth to discuss the same issue. Adult leaders are encouraged to refer youths who have counseling needs to the Youth Pastor or the Church Counseling Department. CONFIDENTIALITY Youth Alive Team Members must report to the Youth Pastor or Church Staff member if a minor discusses harming himself or others, committing a crime, or being abused. This is not an option. There are limits to confidentiality when working with a youth. Questions about cases or other issues of confidentiality must be discussed promptly with authorized personnel. Any serious issues discussed in confidence should be reviewed with one of the Pastors who will also protect the confidential nature of the discussion. Conferring with a Pastor on sensitive issues is not considered breaking a confidence. INFORMAL CONTACT (independent of church activities) Informal contact refers to phone calls, letters, or face‐to‐face contact between an adult worker and a youth which is not connected to official church activities. The church recognizes that informal contact between workers and youth frequently occurs. For example, Team Members may hire teens as babysitters for their own children, or may see them during social events the teen’s family. This interaction is usually legitimate and beneficial. However, workers should seek the permission of parents before having informal contact with their youth. The Team Member should clearly state to the parent the nature of the contact and that it is not part of a church activity. Parents are responsible for monitoring this informal contact. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Hitting or spanking and other forms of punishment involving physical pain are never permitted at Youth Alive activities. This rule holds true even if parents have suggested or given permission for corporal punishment. Team Members must consult a trained Security Team Member or Pastor if any assistance is needed with discipline techniques. OPEN DOOR POLICY All Youth Alive events should be open door. That means that Team Members, parents and church members have a right to observe any youth activity. During youth services we do designate an area for visiting adults for which we encourage them to remain. Remind them that this is for the safety of our youth since all adults working in our Ministry have been live scanned and cleared for their safety. All adults must be in a section that can be monitored by a Team Member and to discourage any distractions from a youth. A first time guest may sit with their parent if they are uncomfortable on their first visit sitting with other students, or if a guest has special needs.
DATING OR SEXUAL INVOLVEMENT No adult Team Member is to date a youth or to be romantically involved with a youth. Exceptions are made only when the age of the student and adult worker are very close and the relationship meets the approval of all parents involved, as well as the Youth Alive Pastoral staff. Sexual conduct of any kind is absolutely forbidden. Any adult with prior incidents of sexual misconduct in this regard may not be a youth worker or serve in any capacity of youth ministry at Youth Alive. There are no exceptions to this guideline. LIFESTYLE All Youth Alive Team Members must refrain from using illegal drugs. In addition to living a separated Christian life, we encourage our Team Members to abstain from tobacco and alcohol. If a concern is addressed from any youth or parent regarding a Team Member’s use of tobacco or alcohol, this may result in disciplinary action. We take this position in order to prevent our brothers and sisters from stumbling. MISCONDUCT Team Members must avoid even the appearance of misconduct in order to maintain parental confidence and avoid mistaken allegations. Any suspected or observed misconduct by other Team Members should be reported to the Youth Alive Leadership immediately. SUPERVISION All Youth Alive Team Members are under the authority and supervision of the Youth Pastor and his department leaders. DISOBEDIENCE Team Members who disobey these guidelines may be reassigned or relieved from youth service at the discretion of the Youth Alive and/or Abundant Living Family Church Pastoral Staff.
YOUTH ALIVE RULES AND DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINESRULES This outlines what we expect from our guests while at Youth Alive, when we have the responsibility to confront a guest and how to handle that confrontation appropriately. Our goal is not to create a police state of heavy‐handed enforcement, but to establish authority during Youth Alive events that will allow true ministry to take place. Below are three phrases that will help you determine if confronting a guest is needed. These serve as guidelines and each Youth Alive Team Member has a responsibility to step in and talk with a guest who is engaging in the following types of behaviors: Hurting Us: If a guest is damaging our facility, equipment, or showing disrespect to one of our leaders, they need to be confronted regarding their behavior. Hurting Others: If a guest is hurting others, they must be confronted. This includes fighting, verbal antagonizing or threatening and any other form of disrespect towards another guest. Hold Your Tongue: We must step in if a guest cannot hold their tongue. This includes swearing and making out or other forms of inappropriate behavior that can be easily considered offensive to others. Below are a number of specific offenses and the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken in each instance. Offense Warning Suspension Attitude Cursing One verbal 1 Month Up to 3 Months Romantic Displays One verbal 1 Month Up to 3 Months Using Cell Phone During Service One verbal 1 Week Up to 1 Month Talking in service One verbal 1 Week Up to 1 Month Dress Code Violation One verbal 1 Week Up to 1 Month Disrupting Service One verbal 1 Week Up to 1 Month Cigarettes or Tobacco None 1 Week Up to 1 Month Disrespectful Attitude None 1 Week – 1 Up to 3 Months Month Falsifying Info on Forms None 1 Month Up to 3 Months Objectionable Internet use None 1 Month Up to 3 Months
Offense Warning Suspension Attitude Cigarettes or Tobacco None 1 Week Up to 1 Month Disrespectful Attitude None 1 Week – 1 Up to 3 Months Month Falsifying Info on Forms None 1 Month Up to 3 Months Objectionable Internet use None 1 Month Up to 3 Months Vandalism of any Church Property None 6 Months + Indefinite Restitution Alcohol None Indefinite IndefiniteDrugs None Indefinite IndefiniteFighting None Indefinite IndefiniteWeapon Possession None Indefinite IndefiniteSexual Harassment None Indefinite IndefiniteDirect Defiance to a Leader None Indefinite Indefinite DRESS CODE 1. Undergarments Required 2. Undergarments must be tucked in or hidden 3. Midriffs must be hidden 4. Modest shorts and skirts required 5. No strapless or off‐the‐shoulder shirts 6. No vulgar or violent apparel or accessories, including offensive T‐shirts, chains, skulls, spikes, face paint, etc. Male team members should address dress code violations with male guests, while only female team members should address violations with female guests. If a guest is in violation of our dress code, notify your Service Coordinator or Security Team Member. WHEN AND HOW TO CONFRONT A GUEST When confronting a student about a violation of one of our rules, it is important that we handle the situation in an appropriate manner that does not seek to humiliate or anger that student. Even inside of correction, a relationship can be built that will ultimately lend to the development of the student being disciplined. Each team member should follow the steps outlined below when confronting a guest of Youth Alive. 01 Look them in the eye during the conversation. This communicates confidence and authority on your part 02 Start the conversation by introducing yourself. Tell them your name and ask for their name. This action is an ice‐breaker that disarms the situation and puts the student at ease. 03 Calmly explain the rule that they were in violation of and explain how they broke that rule. Explain briefly the reason behind the rule so they understand why we enforce it and also what action we take when that rule is broken. 04 Make sure that the student understands what you have just communicated to them. 05 Never yell, use slang terms, physically grab or touch them, or confront a student of the opposite sex alone.
SUSPENSION PROCESS If a guest violates a policy that does not allow for a warning or if a suspension may be warranted for their actions, please follow these steps listed below. 01 Immediately notify the Service Coordinator or Department Director of the situation 02 Briefly outline the facts of the incident 03 Your Service Coordinator or Department Director will contact Security and may ask you to remain on hand to answer any additional questions or provide details about the situation. 04 The Security Director will be responsible for issuing a suspension of deemed appropriate. Please note: In order to maintain consistency, the Security Director will have the sole responsibility of issuing suspensions to our guests. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES In the event of an emergency during a Youth Alive event or service, please follow the following procedures: 01 Stay calm. It is critical that Team Members exemplify a calm demeanor during any emergency situation in order to keep our guests calm and avoid a chaotic situation. 02 Stay put. Do not take off or make your way to where the situation is taking place. This creates difficulty in locating our Team members and prevents us from providing a smooth response to the situation. Stay in your position and wait for further instruction from the Service Coordinator. 03 Wait for Instruction. Our Staff, Security or Emergency Response Team will quickly respond to any situation that arises and will provide directives to Department Leaders. Your leaders will then inform you of any action that needs to be taken. 04 Focus on our guests. Your primary focus should be on keeping our guests calm and under control. Reaffirm them by repeatedly letting them know that we do have a plan for emergency situations. This helps us insure that the situation does not escalate further and keeps our guests from endangering themselves and others. REPORTING AN EMERGENCY If you need to report an emergency of any kind, immediately notify any Team Member / Leader with Radio (usually your Service Coordinator, Ministry Director, Staff Member, Security Team, ) access and they in turn will contact the Security Director or Staff Member as appropriate. FIRST-AID KITS Our First‐Aid Kits, including flashlights and megaphones, are located in the Youth Alive Café and Media Rooms.