Youth Center Philosophies
Statement of Basic Philosophies at Parkville Youth and Family Center
We believe that a ministry pleasing to God must have God’s agenda foremost, Christ at the very center, and the understanding that God always does His greatest work through Spirit filled people.
We believe that if we pray a circle about our plans, then our plans become Spirit directed and this keeps Christ at the center of all we do.
We believe that the influence of Christians becomes more powerful in direct proportion to their prayer life.
We believe that authority enforced by rules is far less productive than authority enforced by loving, caring relationships.
We believe that a person with great privileges is also a person with great responsibility.
We believe that “sin” is a willful transgression of God’s known law and that a “mistake” is human error.
We believe that modesty and the clear distinction of the sexes in the way we dress is a Biblical matter.
We believe it is inaccurate and harmful to assume that all teens are sexually active.
We believe that music is moral in that it affects our moral choices and that an amoral view of music opens the door for ungodly appeals to the flesh rather than the Spirit.
Knowing that the “first commandment” is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and that the “second commandment” is to love our neighbor as ourselves, we believe that a suspicious, condemning attitude toward those to whom we minister is very destructive.
Knowing that our Youth and Family ministry will be in contact with numerous lifestyles, my attitude toward fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, lesbians, and others living in brokenness must, at our very first contact, be a redemptive attitude, yet without condoning any measure of sin.
We believe that as “iron sharpens iron” it is critical that young people form healthy relationships that enhance their development in spiritual matters, in maturity, in intellect, in life skills, in motivation, and ultimately in a God honoring life direction.
Knowing that youth will sometimes “blow it”, we believe that showing God’s mercy brings far more reward than showing rejection, and that our attitude must reflect Christ’s attitude toward Peter—though he denied Him three times, Jesus still focused on His potential to be the “rock” upon which Christ would build His church.