Youth Ministry FAQ

Who is the Youth Pastor for NHCC?
Joe Miller serves as the Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor of NHCC. He leads both The Edge (our middle school ministry) and Crux (high school) and can be reached at jmiller@ournewhope.org.

How does The Edge (Middle School) youth group work?
From a young age, children at NHCC are taught, unapologetically, that Jesus is the answer. But what was the question? As they transition into adolescence, it is understandable and expected that students will bring questions to the church. This is where The Edge comes in. Our goal for The Edge is to provide a safe and engaging environment for middle school students to ask good questions while studying the revolutionary text that is Christian Scripture.

Students begin in the worship service and are dismissed to class on 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays. For 2017, we are working our way through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Each first Sunday, students remain in the sanctuary for the service. On third Sundays, students are invited to serve in various capacities both inside the church (such as assisting in children’s ministry or completing various organizational or cleaning projects) and out in the local community (such as food pantries).

How do I know when my student is ready for The Edge?
Generally, students are invited to join the Edge the fall of the year they turn eleven (yes, we stole that from Harry Potter).

How does the Crux (High School) youth group work?
We meet on Sunday Evenings at the home of Joe & Amy Miller in Reisterstown. For the 2016-17 school year, we are working through Michael Bird's book What Christian's Ought to Believe, an introductory book on Christian doctrine.

Church doctrine, huh? Sounds…exciting…
Actually, it’s more engaging than it sounds. As students enter their late teenage years, we want to make sure we’re communicating to them the historic Christian faith. You don’t have to look far to find misunderstandings about what Christians actually believe. Our goal for Crux is to provide a safe and engaging environment where students can learn about the tenets of the Christian faith and see how they can be made manifest in their own lives.

Do students in Edge and Crux serve in leadership/ministry roles?
Yes. We believe that one of the best ways we can encourage students to remain in the church after high school is for them to be the church while they are students. As such, students at New Hope are encouraged to play on the worship team, give announcements, teach in Kids Community, lead small group discussions, volunteer in and around the community, and do any and all things that any other member of NHCC is invited to do. Our students are not the children of New Hope members. They are New Hope Community Church.

Are there retreats and other special events?
There sure are. Sometimes these events separate Crux from The Edge, and other times we like to combine everyone (sometimes even the rest of the church). Regardless, information on these events will be shared in the e-newhope.

How can I stay informed?
Because we want to make sure that the entire body is aware of what is happening with the kids and students in our congregation, weekly updates on Kids Community, The Edge, and Crux are given via e-newhope. To sign-up students or parents for e-newhope, please contact Joe Miller at jmiller@ournewhope.org.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact Shannon Chastain (nhcckidscommunity@gmail.com), Joe Miller (jmiller@ournewhope.org), or Jason Poling (jpoling@ournewhope.org).