What’s Going on for High Schoolers?
Summer Bible Study
Summer High School Study will meet at the church in The Grove on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm starting June 15. Studying the book of 1 Timothy.
- NOT MEETING on Thursdays, July 13th or 20th (due to Hume Lake Camp and Vacation Bible School)
About High School Ministries at COBC
Bible Study meets on Thursday nights at 6:30pm. Student Ministries at COBC are led by Nathan Hiner. Contact Nathan at the church (822-1379), 661-972-3576 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do we offer for High School Teens?
- Every Sunday morning we meet in The Grove at 9:00am for Sunday School.
- Weekly Bible Study meets on Thursdays at 6:30pm – periodically throughout the year.
- We take the holidays off but every year we have a great Christmas Party.
Pastor Nathan on Student Ministries
The student ministry is all about helping the parents at COBC disciple, evangelize and mature their teens and college-age children. Our goal is not to replace parents as spiritual leaders of the home but instead supplement and assist parents in their God-ordained task of raising their children in the fear and adoration of the Lord. We do this by providing the youth at Country Oaks in-depth Bible studies with Christian peers. Our focus is teaching the Bible with an emphasis on apologetics.
Apologetics? Does this leave you scratching your head wondering if we are teaching your child to apologize for being a Christian? No! When we teach apologetics, we are teaching your son or daughter to defend their faith. And, no, this doesn’t mean we are teaching them to argue with unbelievers – although some of them may be called to do that.
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
We are equipping them with biblical and rational answers for life’s toughest questions. We are preparing them for those moments when they find themselves having to decide between obeying God or going their own way. We want them to be aware that their biggest battles will be within their own heart and soul.
We believe as pastors that the junior high through college ages are critical in the development of one’s worldview. Therefore, we believe the church needs to be a safe place for adolescents to respectfully ask questions about the Bible, the Gospel and the Christian religion. We believe that the Bible has the answers to the deepest questions adolescents are asking.
I really feel like the student ministries are thriving right now with many students that are growing in their faith and maturity. We are going to continue in-depth teaching of God’s word with faith that it will not come back void. A side goal is to limit the time students are away from home so that student ministries do not get in the way of family ministries. This is why we will take breaks over the holidays, the start of the school year and graduation time. These seasons of life are extremely busy and we do not want to add to time away from the family. Our goal is to help come alongside families, not replace them. Yet, we also believe that Bible studies and social events have their place and value. Therefore, we will have plenty of both.
Senior Pastor, Brent Whitney Explains His Vision for Our Teens
The pastors have decided to use the resources of the church to promote family worship and spiritual growth within the home by equipping parents to be the “pastors of the home.” Therefore, we do not offer a weekly “youth group” or a place for teens to “hang out” at church. Instead, we encourage teens to socialize and fellowship with all Christians, young and old alike so that they can benefit from the wisdom of more mature believers and grow in humility and gentleness as they minister to the needs of little children. Though we are not against age segregated fellowship, we believe that the church should play a more limited role in providing such opportunities.
On Thursday, October 30, 2014 the High School Bible Study filled 70 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Then on November 13, 2014 they packed 100 more boxes!