Sunday School And Youth Ministries

 Sunday School Philosophy

In order to have a proper understanding of where a church ministry is going and what it will produce there must be a "Philosophy of Ministry" statement and then there must be a "Following Through" on this statement.  CCBC has developed the following ministry statement about Sunday School and we endeavor to faithfull carry out its demands.

We believe that Christ called the children to Himself in order that He might show them His love and teach them His truth (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10: 13-16; Luke 18:15-17).

1. Children are easy to be reached with the Gospel of Christ and teach the truths of God's Word.

2. Children have a simple faith which is needed for salvation (Matthew 18:2-3).

3. Children have their whole lives ahead of them to live for God.

We believe that God has called the parents as the first line of communicating God's truth to children.

1. Teach these words diligently to thy children (Deuteronomy 6:6,7).

2. Hear the instruction of thy father (Proverbs 1:8; 4:1).

3. Train up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6).

4. God intended the parents to be the greatest influence in the child's life. That is why God gave children to them.

We believe that God has called the church to assist the parents in teaching God's truth to children.

1. God has given the pastor to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:1,2).

2. God has given Sunday School teachers, Beginner and Junior Church teachers and Overcomers Club teachers to assist the pastor in carrying out the work of training children. The teacher must teach exactly as the pastor would in each classroom so there is a oneness in the church.

3. Teachers in children's ministry are special people.

a. Teachers are fighting against all the evil influences a child has experienced during the week.
b. Teachers have only one hour out of 168 hours in the week to do the most important job in a child's life. They have the job of teaching the marvelous grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
c. Teachers have the blessed privilege of seeing lives change for the glory of God and hearts come on fire for God.

4. Most parents are not coming to church. Therefore, for the church to receive their children and teach them God's Word is a responsibility that must not be neglected.

Youth Ministry Philosophy

To have an effective youth ministry a church must develop a "Philosophy of Ministry for Teens."  CCBC has established the following philosophy statement to help guide us through the maze of conflicts faced in the world today regarding the training of young people.

Carleton Community Baptist Church youth ministry exists to glorify God
(1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17). The goal is to train young people in the doctrine of Christ (2 Timothy 2:2; 3:16, 17) and give them opportunities to serve Christ and others in the church and community (Ephesians 4:11-16). They must come to an understanding that all they are and can do is of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. They must realize that their parents, pastor and youth pastor are their best friends who seek to guide them in paths of biblical truth.

We will attempt to accomplish this through:

      The preaching and teaching of our pulpit

      Private and public Bible study and prayer

      Courses on discipleship and Bible curriculums

      Participation in programs of evangelism

      Overcomers Club helpers

      Summer camp

      Memorial Weekend retreats

      Sunday School

      Participation in programs of ministry training

      Mission trips

      Medi-lodge nursing home ministry

      Choir, special music

Young people must be taught the clear commandments of God's Word. The Bible says in
II Timothy 2:2, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

The purpose of the local church youth ministry is to help equip families with the necessary tools from God's Word to lay the right foundation for the rest of life. It is not the task of the church to take the place of parents by keeping young people active while separated from home and family. We must work to help entire families serve the Lord ogether. The essential for the youth minister is to walk with God and work with parents.


Overcomers Club

The Overcomers Club is a ministry which CCBC has started to minister to children on Wednesday nights during the school calendar year.  The church sends out our buses into the neighborhood to bring in as many children as possible.  These are separated into age based groups who enjoy Bible study, Bible handwork, games and refreshments.  The children are then transported back home on the buses.

Our purpose in having the Overcomers Club is to:
          See children, ages four to sixth grade, come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
          See children, ages four to sixth grade, discipled in the understanding of God's Word.
                (Luke 2:52)
          See children come to a place in their life where they will establish personal devotions.
          See children bring their parents to the church.
          See children begin to serve Christ in the local church.
          See children surrender to full time ministry in the Lord's harvest field.