CHPC Youth exists to shape the lives of middle school and high school students to lead lives that reveal God’s grace.
What are the things that are important to us?
Like the greater body of CHPC, we value worship, faith, meaningful relationships, life-long learning, calling, and strengthening families. Some of the values that are important to us in our specific context are:
Truth is found and known in the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jesus is the starting point of everything we do and all we value. To know Jesus is to know truth. Jesus has the power to set us free from sin and death and to live lives that matter (John 10:10).
What should I do with my life? What is my purpose? We believe that life’s purpose is found in modeling our lives after Jesus. Jesus said he “did not come to be served, but to serve and to give Himself a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). When we live our lives for ourselves, we find life closes in on us and makes us miserable. If we learn to live self-less and outward focused lives, then life opens up and expands and we find great purpose and beauty. There are many things we can do with our lives; it is ultimately whether we start with a position of self or others. We strive to be people who are constantly learning to live outward focused, self-less lives.
Life’s meaning is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ and loving others. Accumulating wealth, possessions, and experiences outside of a relationship with Jesus brings no meaning and is ultimately meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:2). We want to be coutnter-cultural in our pursuit of meaning. We want to pursue Jesus first.
We cling to the hope that God is working out his plan for us and for the world. There are reasons for despair and hope in the world; you will find what you’re looking for. We want to look for, find, and cling to the hope that God is working in all things together for His glory. Our best days are not behind us. This hope in God is an anchor for our souls, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).
Church is not just a disconnected crowd of people who attend fun programs together. Our ideal is we experience the rich life God intends for us through connection with others. We serve together, challenge each other, give to one another, receive, forgive, teach, and encourage each other along the way.
We want to be real, honest, and genuine in all we do. We value more than slick productions and nice appearances; we want to encourage people to be authentic with God and each other. This value means we don’t hide our rough edges and struggles. We know that we all stumble every day in many ways, so we encourage each other to admit our mistakes and not try to hide or cover them up. Our sense of humor helps us to avoid taking ourselves and our mistakes seriously so that we can focus on God and His amazing grace. We want the genuine quality and integrity of our lives to honor Christ and make a difference in the world.