About The Gulf Atlantic Diocese
The Gulf Atlantic Diocese’s mission is to plant new congregations, strengthen existing congregations, and to raise up missional leaders. This means we are aiming to reach those who don’t know Jesus, to serve those in need, to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. All three of these initiatives are intended for all Christians, including the next generation. They are equally called to be missional disciples!
This means the next generation must be engaged, and this engagement is a high priority for the diocese. We take seriously the biblical expectation that those in relationship with the Lord would pass their knowledge and love down to others. We are called to teach our children, and our children’s children the glorious deeds of the Lord, so that they might set their hope in God (Psalm 78).
The Gulf Atlantic Diocese supports three diocesan-wide programs that aim to support this charge: Araminta, Dynamos, and SITC. Each one supports the three points of the diocesan mission statement. Some distinctives include:
Araminta: this camp is intended for rising 4ththrough 12thgrade campers who are seeking to strengthen their understanding of, and relationship with, Jesus. The camp offers different levels of leadership at a variety of ages which enables multi-generational worship and discipleship. It is a powerful opportunity to see in action, and it is a ton of fun!
Dynamos: this retreat weekend is intended for high school students. Past participants of the camp, also currently in high school, lead new participants on a weekend retreat full of activities designed to show Christ’s love for each person. Being a participant is a meaningful experience, and being on team is an incredible opportunity for ministering to other students.
Soul in the City: this week-long mission trip is integral to developing an outward-focus for missional discipleship. Rising 7th through 12th grade students camp at a church, then spend their days on mission at a local place of need, offering a variety of ways to minister directly to the local community. Evenings are filled with fun activities, powerful worship and teaching, and discipleship groups. It is a life-changing experience.
In addition to these programs, each of the four area deaneries have youth programs designed to walk alongside students as they seek Jesus. For more information or to get help finding a youth group in your area, please contact:
Jessica Jones, Diocesan Canon for Next Generation Discipleship: firstname.lastname@example.org