Purpose of Expectations: To make sure that our Roots Youth Group meetings, activities, and events are enjoyable, safe, and pleasing to God.
The following expectations will be upheld during all Roots Youth Group meetings, activities, and events as well as while traveling to or from an activity.
Youth Ministry Expectations
1. SHOW LOVE FOR OTHERS AT ALL TIMES. This means: Put the rights and needs of others ahead of your own. We don’t put others down, make fun of people, hurt, or pick on others (including strangers or those who aren’t with our group). “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
2. LET OTHERS SEE JESUS THROUGH YOU. As a Roots youth, you are presenting the Lord, our church, and Roots Students Ministries to the rest of the world. To be a positive witness for Jesus, we must not do things that will make God or us look bad, such as swearing, screaming, making faces at others, wearing offensive clothing, and so on. In other words, KEEP IT CLEAN! “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2)
3. RESPECT & TAKE CARE OF OUR CHURCH & THE PROPERTY OF OTHERS. We need to take care of our church, Youth Room, church vehicles, and church/Roots belongings (sports equipment, chairs, etc.). Each is part of God’s church and must be treated with respect. When we are guests in others’ houses or cars, we should show the same respect. If you make or see a mess, please clean it up. “We are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:5)
4. KNOW WHEN TO BE GOOFY & WHEN TO BE SERIOUS. It's very important that we all have FUN in this group!! It is also important that we all listen and participate during Bible studies, discussions, or other “serious” times. “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
5. PLAY SAFELY. You are very important to God, to our church, to our youth group, and to your family. We don’t want anything bad to happen to you or to others, so please follow all safety rules and use common sense. When on a group outing, please be where you are supposed to be at all times. Your actions affect others as well as yourself. Seat belts need to be worn correctly when traveling. “Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize.” (2 Timothy 2:5)
6. FOCUS ON THE THINGS OF GOD. When we listen to music, read, watch movies, and scroll through social media we open ourselves up to those things. Aim to choose what glorifies God and avoid the rest. Feel free to share your favorite God-glorifying songs, playlists, social media pages, books, or videos with your Roots friends! “…Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
7. LOVE ONE ANOTHER! BUT BE CAREFUL/APPROPRIATE HOW YOU SHOW IT. As fellow members of God’s family, there will be times when you will share hugs with your Christian brothers and sisters. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, you are encouraged to invite him/her to youth activities. But please, keep things appropriate at all times. No PDA! (Public or Private Displays of Affection) “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: ...a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing." (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5b) “If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)
8. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Smile and be glad! We have so much to be thankful for each and every day. Joyfully join in the Roots fun! Roots is not the place for whining, complaining, or having a bad attitude. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10) “A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.” (Proverbs 17:22)
Consequences for not following expectations:
In the event of unacceptable behavior: 1. A personal verbal warning will be given. If the behavior continues, know that your parent(s) will be called. 2. If it happens again, you (youth) will be removed from the activity. Your parent will be contacted and told what happened. Your youth director or adult volunteer will clarify to your parent(s) what will happen (See #3) if such actions occur again. 3. If breaking of expectations is broken a third time, then your parent(s) will be contacted and expected to pick you (youth) up from the event or activity-- no matter the distance or expense.