Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry includes students ranging from 6th grade through 12th that come from all over the Tyler and surrounding areas to fellowship together, study God’s Word, and to praise Him with their worship. Our youth ministry seeks to help teens face the daily pressures of this world while constantly pointing them to Christ as our true Refuge. Our youth are led by passionate leaders and teachers who care deeply about their relationship with God and their spiritual development. We want our young people to understand that the Christian walk should not be done alone; the presence of Christ, as well as friends who share their faith and values, will help them through this exciting and challenging time.

What you can expect

We promote quality over quantity! I understand that family time is more important in our society today than ever before. Parents’ and teens’ schedules are crazier and busier, creating a challenge in making priorities. Our Youth Ministry makes sure that whenever we get together that it’s the BEST of our efforts so that your time, investment, and sacrifice are well worth it.
Our Values
We have many strong values associated with our ministry: parental and teen ownership and involvement; quality over quantity; encouraging relationships; development of spiritual disciplines; inter-generational involvement, mentoring, the education and application of God’s Word; and a desire to be inwardly and outwardly focused.
The Lighthouse 
is the place where we meet most of the time. We have undergone and continue to undergo major renovations to ensure that your student has the best environment to learn, worship, and fellowship with the body of Christ at West Erwin. We keep adding to this location in hopes that your child gets excited about coming here and feels comfortable enough to invite others that perhaps may not know Christ or have a church home.


Family & Youth Devotionals
Bible Classes, Food, and Conversations: We meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for Biblical conversations and study. Our Sunday class for middle school and high school age is at 9:00 a.m.  On Sunday mornings and Wednesdays our class meets in the Lighthouse and we combine middle and high school students to create a unique learning and growing experience.
Service projects: We organize service opportunities related to needs within our congregation or               serve through a local organization within our large community. 
Trips we taken in the past:
  • Leadership Training for Christ
  • Nebraska Mission Trip
  • Area Wide fellowships with other churches in the area (typically during the school year)
  • Karing Kitchen
  • Winterfest
  • Harding University Bison Days
  • Harding Honors Symposium
  • Lipscomb University IMPACT
  • Teen Camps
  • ZEW Fall Retreat
  • Annual Camping and Hiking Trips
  • Camp Deer Run
  • Middle School Madness


1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young,

but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.


Click below for a shared spiritual experience
that parents can lead their kids through every year.