Encounter is a community of 9th-12th grade students focused on our church vision of Authentic Worship, Authentic Community, and Authentic Community Service. We believe every student should have a place to be known and belong. At Encounter, each person is welcomed in as part of the family because we know all of us are loved unconditionally by the God who created us. Our Wednesday night services include worshipping God through music, in-depth Bible teaching, and Life Group time to help dive deeper into God’s Word and build genuine relationships. We’re also a little goofy, and we like to #keepencounterweird, so we hope that’s ok with you!
Students can take an active role leading in Encounter, so it's truly a ministry by students, for students. Throughout the year we also have special trips and events designed just for high school students to give you even more ways to grow in your faith and build relationships with other students and leaders. Our leaders live a life above reproach and are screened and vetted for the safety of our students (background checks are required for all volunteers).
We want to help every high schooler learn how to STAY WEIRD for Jesus so that we can make disciples who make disciples.
Encounter Adult Leaders
The backbone of Encounter is our team of adult leaders. These leaders are a consistent presence every Wednesday and their goal is to build relationships with students so that we can make disciples who make disciples. We have a variety of leader roles based on your skills and available time, but our main role is Life Group Leader. Each life group leader co-leads a small group of students during Wednesday night Encounter and focuses intentionally on those specific students.
All our leaders are required to go through a background check, for the security of the students, and to fill out an application that provides more information regarding background, service, etc. (application link below). This is mainly to make sure that all our leaders are living a life above reproach and have a healthy, strong relationship with God before leading teenagers.
Serving at Encounter is a fantastic opportunity to build relationships and to pour into the next generation. Our leadership team is made up of many different people and we embrace diversity in our team, as it allows students to have opportunities to connect with different people. If you feel called to work with high school students, we'd love for you to fill out an application below so we can connect with you!
Not Sure Where to Serve?
No matter your skill set or passions, there is a place for you to serve. Need some help deciding? Send us an email and we'll help find you a spot!