Ministry Profile


 Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ

OUR STRATEGY

Our strategy is to create environments where students can . . .

  • Prioritize their relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Influence their friends
  • Experience personal ministry

OUR WIN

Our win is when students discover a faith of their own that will prepare them for a lifetime of ministry and influence.

 

General Questions

What is H2O?
H2O is the dynamic Wednesday night environment where students (6th-12th grade) gather to explore their relationship with Christ and others. H2O meets in the Revive Worship Center. After a time of games, worship and teaching, High School and Junior High split for Small Group time.  There is nothing stale about this gathering! Your student will swiftly discover why students enthusiastically return each week to explore faith, friendships and accountability.

I keep hearing about Large Group. What is that?
H2O impacts your student through two environments every Wednesday. One of these is Large Group in the Revive Worship Center, where all 6th-12th grade students first meet to interact in zany team games, vibrant worship with their own live band and learn from inspirational speakers. The goal of Large Group is to set up fun and meaningful discussions during Small Group.

What is a Small Group?
Small groups provide the fuel that drives students to make good choices during each week. This is Ideally led by two adult leaders.  We want students to have friends in their small group so each small group includes students of the same gender and people who get along with each other. Students enjoy getting together outside of church with their Small Group Leaders and small groups for additional fun, and personal/spiritual growth. On occasion, a group that grows too large will be multiplied to keep relationships personal. But, don’t worry – friends and old leaders are always around!

When and where does H2O meet?
H2O meets each Wednesday night at 6:15 pm in the Revive Worship Center.

When does H2O end each Wednesday?
Students typically get out of small group around 8:00 pm. However, since conversations are geared to help students explore issues important to them, H2O does not have an official time to end. Each group wraps up discussion at its own pace.

 

Parent Questions

Can a parent be a Small Group Leader of his or her student?
Becoming a Small Group Leader is a ton of fun and an exciting way to stay engaged with your own student especially in Junior High. We absolutely encourage parents to become Small Group Leaders – and, with our swiftly expanding student ranks, we need you! – but we do not permit parents to lead their own children during H2O. Some students need more space than others and are far more likely to be candid in small group discussions about life’s challenges when parents are not present. We’ll help find the best fit for you, as well as the right place to maximize your student’s experience in H2O.

Can my student bring a friend to H2O?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. H2O is designed to be fun Fun FUN and inspirational for every student! We’re thrilled when your student is so excited about what he or she is experiencing at church that it has to be shared! Middle school is a critical stretch, when relationships can begin to get messy and emotionally challenging and growing spiritual strength now will influence choices that matter!

SMALL GROUP LEADER

Each Small Group Leader plays a key role in shaping the spiritual and social bonds that connect small group students. Ideally, our adult Small Group Leaders connect with 5-8 students per group to build trusted relationships and celebrate spiritual growth. These friendships extend beyond Wednesday nights! Through Transit-sponsored events, independent group outings and regular communication (calls, texts and emails), Small Group Leaders and students form an intimate community where trust is central. The small group experience is the cornerstone of our student ministry!

HOST TEAM (not in place yet)

Have you ever walked into an environment where you didn’t know anyone and felt eager, but just a little lost? Host Team members feel excited and challenged to make every first impression of Transit a welcoming one! They greet each new student and family, guiding them through registration and easing the student into the thrill of Large Group worship. A Host Team member will also help to ensure the safety and well being of our students and leaders by monitoring behavior during Large Group.

 

First Time Visitor

At H2O (Wednesday night), we’ve created a large group environment that attracts students just like you. After all, we figure you want to be wherever your friends are! We make this time as fun and relevant as we possibly can.

But we go one step further and do two things that we believe are vitally important for you: we pay attention to what’s going on in your life, and we care about you. This happens in our small group environment, where each week you leave the large group and spend time in a more intimate setting, talking, processing, and praying about what’s going on in your life.

It’s simple-big group to small group. The goal is for you to leave feeling energized to go out there and tackle another week!

 

About our Curriculum XP3

WE BELIEVE THIS GENERATION IS UNIQUE 

in its loneliness, its spiritual curiosity, its awareness of problems all over the world and disengagement from the immediate family. While the need for Jesus is the same now as it has been throughout history, how we translate Jesus to a new generation matters.

XP3 is about awakening spirituality, reactivating the family, and restoring a broken world.  It isn’t focused on hot topics or pressure-packed agendas—It’s all a part of something deeper, where a deep theology meets practical needs.

The XP3 curriculum is designed in such a way to encourage student ministries to move from a large group to a small group setting. For the large group setting, we provide teaching scripts for each series that invite the communicator to teach less for more.

Ultimately we believe life change happens in circles, so the small group component is designed to create a dialogue between leader and student based off the content of the session.  The aim of the small group is not only to get more adults pursuing relationships with kids but to help create a safe and engaging place for students to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

XP3 recognizes that parents have the most potential for influence in the life of a student. This is why it is so critical to come alongside parents and equip them to support their student in what they are learning. To that end, one of the key components included in each of the XP3 series is the Parent Cue. The Parent Cue is a communication piece designed to help bridge the gap between the church and home with the intent of equipping parents.