SAFE House Ministry
What is SAFE House?
SAFE House Ministries is the youth ministry of Lynhurst Baptist Church. As such, we seek to fulfill the mission of Lynhurst Baptist Church: “The people of Lynhurst Baptist Church want to announce Jesus Christ's message of redemption through word and action to a troubled world; and to assist persons in living for God.
It is our aim to provide a ministry to strengthen families at all soci-economic levels, and equip them to grow together in Christ, and to go into the world for Christ.” The focus of SAFE House is on youth, specifically those in grades 6-12. However, because SAFE House takes a wholistic approach to ministry, the focus is not exclusively on youth. We seek to be a resource for parents as well as integral part of the overall community life of Lynhurst Baptist Church.
How did we get our name?
Serving God-Romans 12:1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living savrifice, holy and pleasing God-this is your true and proper worship."
Attracting The Lost- Matthew 5:16 " In the same way, let you light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Focusing on Jesus- Hebrews 12:1b-2a "And let us run with perserverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."
Encouraging One Another- 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11 "He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
The first and most obvious reason we use the name SAFE House is because we want our time together, whether at the church or events, or in someone's homes, to be a safe place and a refuge. The world is a tough place for our young people. It is important that they realize that there is always a place they can come and not have to worry about being condemned, put down, or physically intimidated. Yout group is to be a safe place mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
In addition, the four elements encompass a wholistic approach to ministry that focuses not singularly upon Christian Education, but rather addresses issues of service, community, and faith development. Another way to consider our approach is through the 3B method: Believe, Belong, and Become.
Too often, youth ministries exist in a sort of bubble separate and apart from the overall experience of the church. This is both unhealthy and unbiblical. It is God's desire that all of His people, regardless of age, exist in community with one another. The older generation has wisdom that the younger generation needs. The younger generation has the energy and fresh approach to life that can inspire the older generation. SAFE House will be actively working to develop inter-generational relationships at Lynhurst Baptist Church to through the development of such programs as a mentoring program, as well as by making sure the youth ministry is in the church's eyesight on a regular basis.