Ministries > Youth
Philosophy of Youth Ministry
We're aware of what a critical time adolescence is for the formation of faith. Somehow, it has to become their own. Having friends who are Christians, having a place where they are welcomed, having adult friends and teachers, celebration, conversation, experiencing God, all these things are key components in the spiritual formation of teenagers and are central to what we do here at DaySpring.
DaySpring is a place that values thinking and questioning. While helping our students to be grounded in scripture and doctrine, we also challenge them to think deeply about their faith and experience the transforming power of the presence of Christ in their lives.
Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings are times of study and formation. We share our lives with each other and try to understand how to be faithful followers of Jesus. These times, like in most churches, typically include games and study of the scriptures. In addition we incorporate contemplative elements into the experience such as: responsive readings, prayers, silent meditation, and reflection.
DaySpring's youth ministry also includes a wide range of activities to help build relationships and deepen community. These have included: tubing the Guadalupe River, a Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner, Movie Nights, Pool Parties, Progressive Thanksgiving Dinners, and more.
Camps and Retreats
Camps also play a significant part of spiritual renewal and formation for our young people. Each summer we take our group out of town for a week long summer camp. Additionally, we begin each spring semester by going on a Mid-Winter Retreat with several other churches in the Waco Area.