Spiritual Life

God’s Endless Love

Live Out Your Faith

Our primary goal is for each of our children and youth to hear the good news of Jesus and have a positive encounter with church as a community of love.

We aim to equip all youth to develop and nurture their spiritual lives in a way that will prepare them to, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, live out their faith as they grow from children into adults both within and beyond their time at Residing Hope.

Growing with God

Your God-Given Purpose

We strive in every aspect of the Spiritual Life Program to encourage our children and youth to take initiative in their relationship with God. We seek to empower our youth as individuals uniquely gifted by the Spirit to use their gifts and graces to serve God and God’s people. As such, we provide a variety of worship opportunities, programs, and activities for our children and youth to explore their personal faith and discover their God-given purpose.

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5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9
Prayer and Tending

Planting the Seed

Our vision for the Spiritual Life Program is informed by the metaphor of planting of seeds as described in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9. We are called to be planters of the seeds of faith within the hearts, minds, and spirits of our children and youth. We nurture our children and youth with respect to their individual spiritual background and preferences. With prayer and careful tending, some spiritual lives will sprout very quickly and blossom into beautiful relationships with God. In others, there will be no visible change for quite some time, and in some, we will see no evidence of our labor in Christ. We are encouraged by Philippians 1:6, which reminds us that “He who begins a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Although it may be difficult to see the fruits of our labor in Christ at times, we can be confident that the seeds we plant are taking root.

Our faithful God continues to work in the lives of our children / youth even when we cannot see it, and long after they have left our care.
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