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FUSE is the student ministry of Christian Center of Fort Worth. We exist to help students grow in their relationships with Christ and to give them the tools they will need to reach their campuses for Christ.
Middle School students in grades 7-8 and High School students in grades 9-12 will find a place where they will be encouraged in their faith, challenged to reach their schools for Christ and bring their friends to hang out and meet Jesus.
It is our desire that students grow in wonder about the truths of God, discover who God is, and live with passion as we journey to live like Christ. Our student ministry is designed to partner with parents to help students to know & grow.
It is during this time where students are really able to connect with other students, connect with caring adults, and connect with God! We help students take what they are learning and apply it to their everyday life. Don’t miss out on this important part of your journey!
Our youth worship service in our newly renovated youth room on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM is designed specifically for students to honor Christ with engaging worship, teaching & games as we explore God’s truth! This is a great opportunity to bring friends to hear a message from God’s Word! Join us each week as we journey together and learn to know, love, serve, and share Christ.
One of our favorite things to do is to meet new students, get to know our current students better, and provide opportunities for them to get to know each other. We have found that there are 2 things that pave the way for such conversation: food and activities. So we plan things all over town with the sole purpose of hanging out. It could be anything from serving opportunities, bowling, watching a movie, grabbing a snow cone or just meeting to hang out at the mall food court. Sometimes we announce it weeks in advance, and other times we will send out a text or a tweet the day of the event. Our goal isn’t for hundreds of people to show up each time. Our goal is to get to know the ones that do.
Fuse is also a Parent Ministry. The teenage years are crazy hard and we want you to know that we have your back! We only have your kids a few hours a week. You have the most important job that no pastor, mentor, or friend could ever replace in your child’s life! We are here to help you. We will offer you resources like this website, the recommended resources below as well as monthly newsletters with tips and tricks to stay ahead of the game. Parents: We love you, we are here for you and are honored that you would allow us to partner with you to raise your kids in Christ.
We send out monthly newsletters filled with information about upcoming events as well as things to help you as a parent better understand, relate and disciple your student.
LINKS FOR PARENTS
Great links to check out to help you with your teens:
Pluggedin.com – Media reviews
Kids-In-Mind.com – Media reviews
Focus on the Family – Helping Families Thrive
Homeword – Real answers for parents
Covenant Eyes – Internet Integrity (accountability)
XXXChurch.com – Porn Addiction Help
Releventmagazine.com – Youth Culture
Heartconnex.org – Family Devotionals
BOOKS FOR PARENTS
Great books to check out to help you with your teens:
WHAT IS A DNA GROUP?
The mission of God is to restore all things to Himself, in and through the work and person of Jesus Christ. His chosen vehicle through which He is accomplishing that mission is the church. As God restores us to Himself, He is also restoring us to be who He intends us to be. This restoring work does not happen in isolation, but rather in and through our relationships with each other as family. We do not do it alone. We need each other.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DNA GROUP GATHERING LOOK LIKE?
WHAT DOES DISCIPLESHIP LOOK LIKE IN DNA GROUPS?
A disciple is someone who is increasingly learning to live, love, and look like Jesus. Essentially, everything we do together in community is part of discipleship. However, discipling one another will involve:
Reminding one another of our identity in Jesus Christ.
Admonishing and teaching one another to obey Jesus’ commandments (Matthew 28:18-20).
Training one another to serve in tangible ways.
Reading the Scripture together.
WHAT DOES NURTURE LOOK LIKE IN DNA GROUPS?
Getting to know one another’s stories, and listening closely to each other and to the Holy Spirit, so we can carefully and empathetically direct each other to truth.
Checking one another’s heart and passions by asking questions like: How are you doing? Who are you loving well? Not so well? Where are you living in fear? What can we celebrate with you? What are you struggling with?
Praying with and for each other.
WHAT DOES ACCOUNTABILITY LOOK LIKE IN DNA GROUPS?
Encouraging each other to live out what we believe through making goals and helping each other fulfill them.
Reviewing the past week and how faithful we have been in keeping our word.
Speaking the truth in love as we see areas of sin, correcting and rebuking with God’s Word and the gospel when necessary.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT?
- A DNA Group agrees to focus on a common biblical text or curriculum. Each person in the Group commits to devotionally read the same section of Scripture or book for each meeting. As you read, make a point of asking the Holy Spirit to draw your attention to whatever He wants you to know. The Spirit may be prompting you repent of a sin, rejoice in a promise or meditate on an insight. Each week when you get together, make the text your initial focus
- Work through the verses or book in community, trying to follow the flow of the author. From there, try to understand the central theological message of the chapter. Be sure you ask the question: “How does the person and work of Jesus inform this text?” Strive to be Christ-centered, not application-centered. Jesus is sufficient for our failures and strong for our successes.
- This is followed by bringing in your personal struggles and successes from your devotional reading. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this. Share your lives; promote godly accountability and faithful prayer. Finally, be sure to share the names of people whom you are trying to bless with the gospel. Pray as a group, asking God to help you trust His promises, as well as asking Him to give unbelievers the same gift of faith.
HOW DO I JOIN ONE?
- Express your interest to an adult leader and ask them to help you get into a DNA group
- Find friends who want to form a DNA group, and run that by Pastor Aaron or Emily
- Email us to inquire more about groups that may be open
AM I THE ONLY ONE NOT IN A DNA GROUP?
DNA Groups are simple, biblical and missional, following the pattern of Text-Theology-Life. They avoid legalism by promoting a Christ-centered reading of the Scriptures. They avoid license by taking seriously the fight of faith against the flesh. Best of all, they promote lasting joy in Jesus.
Common Questions Asked by Visiting Parents:
What should my student expect? (Wednesdays)
- Come a few minutes early to our student center entrance on the north side of the sanctuary, where a student leader will be happy to greet you and get you connected.
- Throughout the evening your student will participate in an age appropriate worship service and a breakout time for fellowship and discussion in small groups.
- Many students choose to come early around 6:00pm for games and hanging out.
What kind of adult presence can I expect?
- Our large group teaching is primarily done through our student ministry team with occasional guest speakers.
- We have an adult leader who leads on average 5-7 students for our small group discussions.
- Safety is very important to us, so we have a security presence on site every Wednesday and all of our adult leaders have gone through our volunteer application process and background check.
What will my student be learning?
- On Sunday mornings we have classes where we dive deeper in biblical topics through teaching and discussion.
- On Wednesday Nights we have a variety of series and topics that are geared toward helping teenagers grow in their own faith with their peers in order to Know, Love, Serve and Share Jesus.