We in Youth Ministry have some very exciting news to share with our Cornerstone Church family. We have decided to change the name of our Student Ministries to reflect more of what God has been doing over this last year. We have gone from being Decrease High School and Ruckus Middle School to being Rooted Youth. We wanted to change the name to create a unity that exists between both the High School and the Junior High groups. We still have different things that exist in each ministry. However, our leadership staff and our volunteer staff work as one, so we wanted to create that for our students as well.
This term “rooted” comes from the letter of Colossians. In Colossians 2:6-7, the Apostle Paul is calling the people to be alive in Christ and to be “rooted” in Christ. This is the message that we are preaching to our students all the time. What does it look like to be “in Christ”? We want our students and our church family to know that our mission and goal in Youth Ministry is to create opportunities for our students to press into deeper connection and relationship with Christ. We want them to grasp what it means to walk in the Spirit and to live for Christ in all areas of their life. That is why we chose, as a youth staff, to go with the wonderful metaphor of being rooted in Him. Plants are a recurring motif of significant metaphors about spiritual growth and our relationship with Jesus throughout the Bible. The use of plants and roots in these instances are symbolic of our connection to Christ, the necessity of it, the advantages of being rooted and what happens if we're not rooted in Christ. Roots are essential for the plant to have life, likewise a connection with Christ is a necessity if we are to have a full spiritual life. Just as plants exhibit signs of life depending on the health of their roots, we can exhibit Christ-like qualities if we draw our nourishment from him and his teachings.
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. Being rooted is indeed one of our basic needs. Only when we are rooted we can grow. And when we are rooted in Christ, we can live forever. When we grow deep in Christ, we can live tall. Sometimes people think God would prohibit their growth. But they could not be further from the truth. God wants to enable our fruitfulness and He knows it only happens when we are deeply rooted in Christ. Only trees that have strong roots can live large.
We want our students to know how they can get their roots firmly and deeply planted in Christ. It happens when they spend time with Him. By reading the Word of God. By praying. By listening to God. By spending time with God. By worshiping. By thanksgiving. By living with God. God wants all of us to be deeply rooted in Christ and to know him intimately. Only then our lives can be what he wants for us. Only then we can be fruitful for him. Only then we can be what he meant us to be.
Sometimes our students, and even ourselves, would like to have all these fruits without planting ourselves deeply in God. But that’s not how it works. Growth does not happen overnight. It does not happen without God. It does not happen by our command. But it does happen by the grace of God when we are rooted in Christ. So we are calling our students and ourselves to be humble. We desire for all of Youth Ministry to be deeply rooted in Christ. Be built up in Jesus. Become established in our faith. Grow deep. And live tall and beautiful. Be all that God meant us to be.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
"We have gone from being Decrease High School and Ruckus Middle School to being Rooted Youth. We wanted to change the name to create a unity that exists between both the High School and the Junior High groups."
"What does it look like to be “in Christ”? We want our students and our church family to know that our mission and goal in Youth Ministry is to create opportunities for our students to press into deeper connection and relationship with Christ."