Dave Newkirk. Student Ministries Pastor | Email: david.newkirk@churchoftheopendoor.com
Weekly meetings: Tuesday nights 6:00-8:30pm (summer hours) and Sunday mornings 9:00-10:30am @ Hillside
Our Student Ministries exist to teach and model for our students what it means to be a biblical disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ in a world that is filled with bad ideas and depraved behavior. We want to do this by: challenging our students continually with the Word of God, modeling and practicing living in a healthy, Christ-centered community, entering into personal, one-on-one discipleship relationships and constantly wondering about the purpose and calling the Living God has given us!



Jr High Surf Camp 2016

Junior High

Our weekly meetings @ Hillside
Sunday mornings at 9:00am
Tuesday night youth group 7:00 to 8:30pm
Our desire is to see our jr. high students “walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10) It is our prayer that our students are falling deeply in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and building a spiritual foundation for a lifetime.
First and foremost, our greatest desire is that our students would pursue a vibrant love relationship with Jesus Christ. Once a student is overwhelmed by love for their Savior so many things come into place. Holiness is not just the absence of sin, but it involves living a spirit-filled life, following and becoming more like Jesus Christ.

Second, it is our desire to encourage each of our students to be personally involved in authentic Christian community. We want to deal with the real world. We are not developing a comfortable Christian climate; we are attempting to challenge them to authentic relationships and to dealing head on with their struggles and pain. All of our students are involved in small groups that we call core groups that are huge catalysts for this.

Third, it is our desire that our students have a passion for the lost.Our groups are heavily involved in evangelism and apologetics training, cold-turkey witnessing and various mission trips. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Even living in a postmodern world we take this statement very seriously.
Come grow and learn with us!
Houseboats 2016

High School

Our weekly meetings @ Hillside
Sunday mornings at 9:00am
Tuesday night prayer group at 6:00pm
Tuesday night youth group from 7:00 to 8:30
Teaching our high school students how to live Godly lives is one of the most important jobs of a church.
Students today face some of the same pressures that nearly everyone can remember: school, sports, friends, peer pressure, girlfriends, boyfriends, drugs, alcohol, and sexual impurity. Some things will never change! But today these age-old influences are combined with text messaging, wireless internet, instant messaging, and a whole host of other technologies and changes in our modern world. Our students cannot walk this journey alone. We are not striving for behavior modification in our students; we are praying that they will fall in love with our Lord Jesus Christ and enter into a deep relationship with Him.

The high school group at Church of the Open Door aims to teach and model for our students what a disciple of Jesus Christ looks like on high school campuses today. Far more than merely avoiding the many pitfalls of High School, we want our students to be constantly challenged by the Word of God, to be cultivating a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to be wondering what purpose and calling the Living God may have placed on their lives.

Come join us on the journey!

In mid-July a group of our high school students and their talented leaders made the trip to Tahoe for a time of fellowship in community. To see pictures from this adventure, visit hillsidestudentministries.pixieset.com
***Photos courtesy of Kris Hoffman, Bobby Meyers & Elisa Pitts
If you have photos to share, or would like permission to download any of these images, contact Nicole at nmbernardini@gmail.com

  Jr. High Winter Camp Recap

“Over weekend we witnessed students engaging with God’s Word in such a way that reintroduced the power of the gospel in their lives. We love every opportunity to spend time with these kids, but nothing makes it quite as exciting as snowball fights and Jesus!”
David Newkirk, Youth Pastor, reflecting on Junior High Winter Camp February 10-12

High School Winter Camp Recap

by Kris Hoffman, high school leader (and COD missionary) 
Heather and I have been so blessed to continue to be a part of the COD youth group leadership while we wait for God to provide the means for us to continue our ministry in Spain. 

From January 13-16 we went with 45 teens from the Hillside high school youth group to Hume Lake Christian Camp. Every year, this is a time when students accept Jesus or rededicate their lives to Christ. This year was no exception! But I noticed that there seemed to be less of a “spiritual high” than often happens at camp. Instead, God cultivated a quiet steadfastness to follow Him among our group. The focus seemed to be more on the future than just the camp experience. These teens are committed to serving God with their lives, long after the emotions from camp fade. 

As leaders, this prolonged time together results in many unique opportunities to love on these kids, to dig in deep, and to help disciple them into the people that God wants them to be. This turbo boost for our ministry will continue to yield fruit in the months to come. We are excited to see the teens looking forward to what God will continue to do in their lives. 

At youth group the day after camp, I asked the students what God had done. I got a range of responses. One teen told me she learned “to trust in the truths of God’s character more than our feelings in the moment.” Another said, “In order to be able to love others well, we first need to be able to accept God’s love for us without thinking we need to earn it.” On the last evening, my cabin came to the conclusion it was time for them to come to Hillside with the goal of serving others instead of primarily looking forward to what they would get out of it. But with everyone I talked to there was a common theme of amazement at how God was working through the unified group. If I was to sum up what God did over this weekend it would be this:

He showed this group how important it is to develop a life-long pattern of following Jesus, and that community is a vital part of this process. 

Following His footsteps,

Kris Hoffman, on behalf of all the high school leaders