Welcome to C3 Student Ministry
My name is Richmond Howard, I’ve had the honor of serving Christ Community Church as the Student Ministry Director since June of 2016. The longer I have gotten to lead these students, the more God has burdened my heart to see them grow in their faith.
I hope this page gives you an overview on what you can expect from the Student Ministry at Christ Community Church. Our prayer is that you would give us the chance to walk alongside you as you disciple your kids. If you are new or visiting to the church, we know that your students feeling welcomed can play a big role in that, so feel free to reach out anytime with questions about the ministry or if there is any way we can be praying for you.
If after reading through this, you want your student to get involved, here are 3 “Next Steps” you can take to get your son or daughter plugged into the ministry at C3!
- Visit our youth-program on a Sunday night. Details below. As parents, feel free to walk them inside, meet myself and our other leaders, but we do ask that you give your child the space to be on their own during the program time.
- Register for our Spring Retreat. We know that the idea of going to camp for a weekend or week-long with a group you don’t know can be super intimidating, but it is also the best way for your student to jump in and build relationships. The amount of time spent together on a week-long trip is equal to a year’s worth of Sunday night events. Link to Register.
- Email me at Richmond@c3houston.org to grab coffee and talk through any questions you may have.
As a Student Ministry we maintain the same 3 core values as the Church body. We don’t see a need to stray from these as they are essential to the church and the individual.
1. THE WORD
The Scriptures will be central to all we do in the C3 Student Ministry. While we will have fun in our ministry, we will not just be a social club for entertainment. C3 is committed to consistently teach our students the Scriptures and challenge our kids to see their world through the lens of the Scriptures. We will teach our students expositionally, topically, and theologically. We will also equip our students to better understand how to understand/study their bibles and share their faith. Last and certainly not least, we see the role of parents as the primary teachers, instructors, and disciplers of their children. We will encourage parents to continue to teach and train their kids in the teaching and instruction of the Lord and fulfill their God ordained role.
If there's one thing kids desire, it's having other kids around them who desire to pursue a life of Christlikeness alongside of them. At C3, we will create environments where students are encouraged and challenged to lean on one another as they navigate the challenging teen years. We desire that our students have fun together for the purpose of building community. Our sunday night gatherings, socials, and mission initiatives will encourage students to build deeper relationships with one another and the adult leaders. We also see the role of Community Groups in our church as a vital tool for parents to teach and model to their kids what it looks like to live in community. We will encourage parents to have their kids engaged in the life of community groups (and not just be babysitters for the adults!).
We desire to see our kids come to faith themselves and then engage in the mission God has clearly laid out for the church. From an early age we desire to see our kids "give their lives away" in service to the Lord and truly be the Hands and Feet of Christ. These things are better "caught" than "taught" so the student ministry at C3 will engage in regularly scheduled gospel-centered service outreaches in our city and on yearly mission trips outside of Houston. We will also encourage parents to include their kids in family, community group, and church-wide mission initiatives and model what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
What We Do (aka, How we Practice those Values)
Every Sunday night we come together from 5:00-6:30 to spend time in worship, teaching, and small groups. We try to make it a fun and welcoming environment for students, as well as one that will encourage and challenge them in their faith. Each small group is led by a young adult leader.
Throughout the semester we have several opportunities to serve with the student ministry. We try to do a mix of serving “outside” the church, as well as serving the church. We want our students to see that they have a role to play in serving God in the world and in the local body. If you want to serve in our C3Kids Ministry on Sunday mornings, sign up here!
Summer Camp/Mission Trip
This summer we will be having our first youth mission trip to San Antonio, TX. We are partnering with Blueprint Ministries to take our students down to serve the week of July 23rd-28th.
Blueprint’s mission is to be an expression of Christ’s love in San Antonio through the restoration of homes. And so when we go down there this summer, that’s what we’ll be doing! We’ll be serving God as his hands and feet, seeking to be an expression of Christ’s love.
We’ll spend our mornings and early afternoons throughout the week on different service projects throughout the city, working on homes, getting to know families, sharing our faith, and ultimately serving the people there. Our students will be split up into teams and some of the projects they’ll be on are: painting, repairing roofs and floors, laying sheetrock and cleaning up the community.
The best part about this mission trip is that it will still very much have a high energy, fun “camp” feel! During the day we will be serving together and once we get back to the facility we are staying at, we’ll have time for games, free time, teaching, worship, and “family time”.
This past semester we had our first Spring Retreat with over 45 students participate. We had a great time serving together, worshipping together, and focusing on developing community within our small groups. We are looking forward to next year's retreat!
I hope this has helped you get a broad overview of what we do as a Student Ministry! The teenage years are an exciting time and we are thrilled to walk alongside students and families through these important years. We hope, as you connect with our ministry, students will find a safe place to belong, explore God and build friendships and parents will find a place of support among other parents.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you scroll down, you can find a list of important links, resources, and contact information for the church.
Student Ministry Director
Resources on Parenting
Richmond Howard, Student Ministry Director, Richmond@c3houston.org
Todd Rapp, Pastor of Family Discipleship, Todd@c3houston.org