We believe the goal of EXCEL Youth’s Discover 612 is to help the youth discover who they are in Christ and their purpose in life.

Online Services Available For Youth!

We have Sunday Service online @ 9:30 am for our Middle Schoolers, registration required.

  • Join our Youth Team as they share an encouraging Word with our Youth during these trying times.
  • Service will be from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.
    • Youth will join other youth online via Zoom from 9:30 am – 10:00 am.
    • Then they will end their service to allow the youth to join our Main Service via livestreaming where they will join praise and worship, catch the announcements to know what’s going on at EXCEL, and end worshiping the Lord with an offering.

We have eConnect for our Youth on the 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm for both High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers, registration required.

  • The 1st Wednesday of each month is our Family Service where the whole family watches the online service preached by Pastor Derrick.
  • The 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays we have small group meetings online via Zoom.

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What to Expect

Our vision is to be a thriving community of good people strategically developing our youth into becoming skillfulproductive, and fruitful adults with a Christian worldview.

We purpose to love, teach, support, model, and bless our young people in every encounter in an effort to guide them into discovering their God given identity. Strategic areas of study and impartation sessions have been implemented to develop essential life skills necessary to live successfully as a person with a Christian worldview.

The Youth Ministry is divided into two groups, Middle and High School.

Middle School: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
Our routine gatherings are held during Wednesday night services and Sunday morning services.

High School: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.
Our routine youth ministry gatherings are held on Wednesday night services, but will be in the main sanctuary on Sunday mornings.

The Youth Ministry “School-year Program” calendar will run September – May each year. June, July, and August will be our “Summer Program” which is a modified version of our standard program. Students will be promoted the first service day of every June. Except on rare occasions, students will always be in The Youth Ministry “grade” that corresponds to the “grade” that they should be in their schools. There may be exceptions to this rule.

Culture

The culture of The Youth Ministry is essential in its survival and success. Our youth leaders are dedicated and proactive in establishing and maintaining an environment that is conducive to transformation and growth.

We define culture as:

  • The integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations
  • The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization

Here are the 10 Elements of Discover 612 (D612) Culture

1. Come as You Are
D612 values people for who they are, NOT for what they do.

2. Care and Compassion
D612 aims to place the needs and concerns of others above our own.

3. Respect, Dignity, and Kindness
D612 is a friendly and inviting environment.

4. Safe-Haven and Acceptance
D612 is an aggression free, intimidation free, and negativity free zone.

5. Condemn Not the World
D612 expresses love to everyone because they are entitled to love, not just when they are deserving of it.

6. Love Not the World
D612 lives mindful that we are in this world, but not of it.

7. Heart Matters Most
D612 puts more weight on the heart.

8. Trust
D612 is consistent in demonstrating worthy living that produces responsibility, reliability, and predictability.

9. Righteousness and Honor
D612 purposes to, “Do what’s right because it’s right, and do it right.”

10. The Word is First
D612 has hearts that call out, “Nothing else matters but God.”

Method

1. Instruction
Each and every class, activity, and function of the Youth Ministry will seek to impart Wisdom and Understanding of God’s Word.

2. Example
Each and every member of the Youth Ministry team will be genuine “living epistles” before our youth, providing them a reflection of the character of Christ that they might otherwise have no opportunity to see.

3. Blessing
Each and every member of the Youth Ministry team will live a life of consecration to God that will have a tangible impact upon our youth so that the passion and hunger for a Godly Life is “caught,” not just taught.

4. Love
Each and every interaction with each and every youth must spring from the character of Love, so that an impact greater than words will be felt. All of our team must take every measure to be patient and longsuffering in their love- walk at all times.

5. Support
Each and every youth is connected to some family in some way. Therefore, it is imperative that our staff be dedicated to support the family unit as a whole.

Mission

1. Complement
Our mission is to complement the teachings of our Pastors in a practical manner for youth in their respective age groups.

2. Supplement
Our mission is to supplement the teaching, training, and Godly example that our youth receive at home from their families, reinforcing the standards and attributes of a Bible-based Christian home.

3. Environment
Our mission is to create a pleasant, warm, and safe environment for our youth to receive impartation and instruction from God’s Word. Furthermore, we are committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free from aggression, intimidation, and negativity both from our staff and other youth.

4. Empowerment
Our mission is to impart empowerment for youth to live victorious lives in their schools, neighborhoods, and homes, even where God’s Word and Love do not take precedence.

5. Investment
Our mission is to make an investment in our youth during their key developmental years that will yield a productive return throughout their lives. We endeavor to be “remarkable” in the lives of our youth, making an impression that will remembered for decades to come.