International Central Gospel Church
Raising Leaders, Shaping Vision & Influencing Society Through Christ
Temple Adonai - California
Church Address: 1050 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 209B, Palmdale, CA  93550 Mailing Address: International Central Gospel Church, PO Box 901251, Palmdale, CA  93590-1251 Phone Numbers: 661-874-5660  /  661-916-8844 Church E-Mail:  icgctempleadonai@gmail.com Services:  Sundays: 10am - Intercessory Prayer Sundays: 10:30am - Worship & Celebration Service Wednesdays: 7pm - Intercessory Prayer Wednesdays: 7:30pm - Worship, Prayer and Teaching © Designed by Wimberly’s Web Works

Ministries

Jesus People Children’s Ministry "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs22:6) "...Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord..." (Ephesians 6:4) ICGC's Children's Ministry, dubbed: Jesus People, is committed to helping and supporting parents in the spiritual formation of their children, using a Christ and bible- centered approach. ICGC believes that it is the primary responsibility of parents to ensure, not only the physical and emotional well-being of their children, but also their spiritual health and development. A healthy reverence for God and the things of God, go a long way in defining and determining a child's character, the kinds of choices and decisions that he or she makes , and ultimately who that child becomes, as a result of these choices and decisions. ICGC's Children's Ministry does not attempt to usurp the responsibilities of parents in the ‘raising’ of their kids; it simply aids parents in re-enforcing those lessons and disciplines that, hopefully, they are already teaching and inculcating in their children. Below are the specific goals of ICGC’s Jesus People Children’s Ministry.

It is our goal:

To encourage our children to learn in an age-appropriate setting, with a curriculum designed to educate them in the things of God. To lay a solid Christ-centered foundation in our children’s lives, one that will stand the test of time and sustain their faith into adulthood. To teach our children God’s Word, so they will grow to think the way God thinks and live the way His Word commands. To inculcate godly habits and lifestyles in our children that will be manifested in their daily walk, whether at home, school, on the playground or in church. To help our children develop an appreciable understanding and respect for the principle of authority and authority figures. To make each child’s experience at church fun, safe, and beneficial as they grow in Christ-likeness. To allow parents and other adults have a great worship experience at church, devoid of interruptions.
Christian Education ICGC's Christian Education Department is committed to the spiritual development of the entire membership of ICGC: both children and adult members. The department seeks and assures the spiritual education, or formation of members, by facilitating a process of Discipleship and Leadership Training/Development, which aids members in the discovery, nurture and deployment of their gifts and talents for church growth and kingdom business. Those who unite with ICGC in membership for the purpose of Worship and Fellowship, are equipped to greater levels of maturity in Christ, to the end that they might contribute to the furtherance and expansion of the ministry and kingdom of God - as Disciples, Leaders and/or Ministers.
Covenant Families Of strategic importance in ICGC’s Philosophy of Ministry is the Covenant Family concept, commonly referred to in other circles as Home Cells, House Fellowships, or Love Circles. ICGC believes that the early church in the book of Acts experienced phenomenal growth because of two basic reasons: It was large enough to fulfill its evangelistic mandate. It was small enough to minister to the personal needs of each individual, through fellowship and ‘Body-Ministry’. It is this second dimension, (i.e. ministering to the individual and personal needs of parishioners), particularly in an era characterized by social fragmentation, disintegration of the family unit, isolation and loneliness, which needs to be addressed through small groups (Covenant families). ICGC Covenant Families will consist of a group of six to twelve people, who consider themselves to be members of one family (the family of God), in covenant with each other, through the blood of Jesus Christ. The group, bound together by its covenant relationship to Christ and to each other, commits to growing together through mutual love, support, nourishment and care.  The importance of this ministry cannot be over-emphasized. The entire human body consists of cells. The health of these cells ultimately determines the health of the human body. Likewise, the health and vitality of ICGC’s Cell groups (Covenant Families) will ultimately determine the health and strength of the church as a whole. It is worthy of note that Christ’s vision of reaching the entire world with the love and power of the Father, began with just 12 disciples; he had a vision big enough to make him think small.

Purpose of Covenant Families:

Evangelism – Covenant Families will be bases and ‘lighthouses’ for Evangelism in the community, illuminating the surrounding darkness. Pastoral Care – Covenant Families will provide Pastoral Care, a support mechanism for church members, and ensuring that none falls through the cracks. Spiritual Gifts – Covenant Families will enable us discern, nurture and affirm the Spiritual and Ministry Gifts Christ has set in the church. Accountability – Covenant families will create a context of accountability for real life-change and character transformation among our membership. Discipleship & Leadership Develpment – Covenant Families will encourage Hands-on Discipleship and Leadership development. Church Planting - The combined result of the above is Church Health, Planting and Growth.
Chosen Generation Youth Ministries “Remember your Creator in your Youth, when the evil days have not come" (Ecclesiastes 12:1) ICGC’s Chosen Generation Youth Ministry is committed to reaching their peers and all youth in our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by being a ‘Youth friendly’ community, providing a positive and affirming environment that welcomes and integrates young people into the church, values their participation, cultivates their relationship with Christ, and calls forth their gifts and talents in His service, and in the service of their community. To this end, members of Chosen Generation Youth Ministry will live and lead by example, patterning their lives after the Word of God, inspired and led by the Holy Spirit, excelling and maximizing their God-given potential, in all areas of their lives – spiritually, physically, socially and academically.

Why Youth Ministry:

Youth are most vulnerable: The adolescent stage is a most critical phase in every person’s life. It is the stage teenagers become more conscious of themselves, as well as, the opposite sex. The desire to be rid of parental control and assert their independence, not to mention the quest for acceptance and experimentation with drugs, smoking, sex etc. is quite intense. Ironically, this is the time satan also sets his trap. Youth face more complex issues today: The problems our youth are faced with today are more complex than previous generations: gun and domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, abortion, aids, bullying, issues with identity, sexual orientation etc. The disintegration of the family is also contributing, in no small way, to create a new breed of dysfunctional kids, with no role models, self-esteem or sense of identity, prone to violent behavior and lifestyles. The net result is increased drug use, gang activity (90,000 in LA county alone) and an avalanche of social evils. Youth serve as a Bridge: The future of any society, nation or church depends on the vision and vitality of its youth. Our youth serve as vital link, a bridge, between the present and the future - little wonder satan initiates his attack at this stage (Exodus1:16-22 / Matthew2:13-20) We must do whatever it takes to protect our children/youth because they are our only hope for the future. Youth have a Hunger for Connection: Mankind was created with an innate desire for relationship and fellowship. Young people, in particular, have a hunger for connection, to be in relationship and fellowship, and to belong. The disruption and disintegration of the family unit in our society has created an entire generation of kids in desperate need for love, and this hunger for connection. Family, peers, school, youth ministries and organizations, church, and unfortunately, gangs, are primary connections for young people. Youth Need a Compelling Vision and Adventure: “Without a vision, people perish”; scripture says (Prov. 29:18). Young people are always looking for a noble and compelling adventure for their youthful zeal and enthusiasm; they hunger for a challenging vision of life, a cause worth their commitment. Cults and many anti- social organizations prey on and recruit such ‘hungry’ youth, often frustrated, vulnerable and unsuspecting, into their ranks, and exploit this passion for significance within them. Youth ministries, like Chosen Generation, provide a positive alternative to this quest; a noble, bigger and challenging vision – to live for. Reach them Now or others will: We need to reach our kids now; if not others (the drug dealer, gang member, pimp, rock star or other kids) will. Teaching them to simply say: “No”, may not always work. We need to also teach them what they can say “Yes” to – such as, Education, Ethical and Moral Values, such as, Abstinence, Hard Work, Integrity, Good Manners, Faith, Vision, etc.

Disturbing Youth Statistics:

Drugs: A Department of Justice survey showed that 25% of Youth in grades 9 to 12 had been offered drugs on school property, while 84% of students surveyed, expressed how easy it was to obtain drugs, especially marijuana. STD’s: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that of the 19 million cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) reported annually in the US, about 50% ( 9 million) of victims are youth, between the ages of 15 and 19. 50% of all new HIV infections also occur among teenagers. Suicide: According to the American Psychiatric Association, the third (3rd) leading cause of death among teenagers, aged 15 to 19, is suicide, often caused by conditions such as depression, drug use, mental illness, divorce, and bullying. Gang Activity: FBI, and other sources on gang activity in the US, estimated the nation-wide gang population in 2009 to be approximately 1 million. 40% of this number (i.e. 400,000), were below the age of 18. 360,000 out of the total were boys, while the girl gang population was between 32,000 and 40,000. The average ages of a gang-member were 18 and 19, with about 25% gang-members as young as 15 to 17 years of age. Teenage Pregnancy: Adolescent childbearing is more common in the United States (22% of women reported having had a child before age 20) than in Great Britain (15%), Canada (11%), France (6%) and Sweden (4%); differences are even greater for births to younger teenagers. According to Planned Parenthood, American teens become pregnant at a rate, 12 times higher than the Netherlands, and other industrialized countries. 11% to 12% of total births in the United States are too teenage mothers. Approximately 750,000 to 900,000 pregnancies occur each year to teenage girls between 15 and 19 years in the US. Approximately 112, 000 abortions occur among teens aged 15 to 19 in the US.. The age of sexual debut varies little across countries, yet American teenagers are the most likely to have multiple partners. Teenage mothers are statistically less likely to graduate from High School, much more go on to college. Teen mothers are more likely than women who delay child bearing to live in poverty and to require public assistance. Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born at low birth weight, to have health and developmental problems, and to be abused and/or neglected. The cost of teen pregnancy amounts to an estimated $7 billion annually in lost tax revenues, public assistance, health care, and other costs.

YOUTH MINISTRY GOALS & OBJECTIVES:

Personal/Spiritual Development: To help foster the personal and spiritual growth of each youth. Adolescence and young adulthood are important times for mental, spiritual, social, and physical growth. Their relationships and experiences greatly influence their healthy and positive development, as they mature into full adulthood. Personal Faith Commitment: To help youth become aware of God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, to respond to Christ in a personal commitment of faith, and to follow God’s will in the full meaning of church membership and Christian fellowship. Life-long Walk with Christ: To prepare youth for a life-long walk with Christ, by developing a heart that loves and pants after God, a mind that knows God’s Word, a will that commits to the Gospel and to ongoing discipleship, and a Life that cares for and connects with, believers and non-believers within the youth ministry, the church, and our society. Discipleship: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, in an overtly perverted world today, by providing them with the faith skills for discipleship and the accountability necessary for life-change and character transformation. Such skills include, the ability to do personal Bible study, correctly interpreting scripture, (the bible), applying these truths to every area and relationship (with family, authority figures, the opposite sex etc.) of life, and the ability to lead a Bible study, small group discussion or teach a lesson. Evangelism & Personal Witness: To guide youth to confidently state their commitment to Christ, boldly share with, or witness to their friends and peers about their personal faith in Him (Jesus Christ), and to invite others to respond to Him. Prayer Life: To help and encourage our Youth to develop a meaningful, devotional prayer life, through the cultivation of a consistent and personal prayer life and quiet time. Worship Experience: To help youth experience worship, both celebrative and reflective, in private (i.e. on a personal level), and also in corporate (i.e. church) settings. Christian Stewardship: To guide youth in exploring, discovering and nurturing their abilities and talents, and deploying them for service in the church, community and world. Stewardship regarding career or vocational choices, as well as, stewardship of their money, time, including pleasure time, and abilities will be emphasized. Self-Acceptance & Esteem: To help youth grow in understanding and acceptance of self, by affirmation. Offer our youth, biblical concepts of self-image, and giving them positions of service and leadership, suitable to their gifts, talents, abilities and mission. Develop Social Skills: Offer our youth opportunities to develop their social skills, through integration, interaction and full involvement in Christian fellowship and church activities. Our youth will be equipped with insights that will enable them deal wisely with life’s pressures, make right decisions and choices, develop self-respect as a pre-requisite to learning how to respect other forms of authority (parental, the law, teachers etc.). Vision, Purpose & Passion: To provide our youth with a sense of Mission, Vision and Purpose, i.e. something to believe in, live for and die for. Talk to the average teenage drug user, gang member or juvenile hall inmate, and one thing becomes clear: He/She has no sense of purpose, direction or hope. Idealism and Passion are primary characteristics of youth. This passion, left unharnessed, undirected or misguided, can have terrible consequences. Our goal is to provide guidance and direction to our Youth, and thereby channel their passion and idealism into productive or fruitful ventures. (Proverbs 20:29). Healthy & Positive Inter-Personal Relationships:  To provide a forum where our youth can develop healthy and positive friendships and associations. “Bad company ruins good character” (1Cor.15:33). The adage: “Show me your friend and I’ll show you your character” holds true especially, for our youth. Recreational Activities: To provide recreational activities in a healthy social environment where our youth can bond, unwind and develop a healthy social life. “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” goes the old saying. Such recreational activities may include Christian concerts, drama, movies, sports, picnics, excursions/hikes, group visits to amusement parks, (e.g. Disneyland, Raging Waters etc.).  Youth Center: Consistent with our mission, vision and core values, ICGC will establish a Youth Center that will provide support to at-risk youth and their parents. We will promote the Christian values we espouse, and offer programs that provide alternatives to teen delinquency, gang activity and life on the streets.
International Central Gospel Church  Temple Adonai - California
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Raising Leaders, Shaping Vision & Influencing Society Through Christ
Church Address: 1050 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 209B, Palmdale, CA  93550 Mailing Address: International Central Gospel Church, PO Box 901251, Palmdale, CA  93590-1251 Phone Numbers: 661-874-5660  /  661-916-8844 Church E-Mail:  icgctempleadonai@gmail.com Services:  Sundays: 10am - Intercessory Prayer Sundays: 10:30am - Worship & Celebration Service Wednesdays: 7pm - Intercessory Prayer Wednesdays: 7:30pm - Worship, Prayer and Teaching © Designed by Wimberly’s Web Works

Ministries

Jesus People Children’s Ministry "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs22:6) "...Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord..." (Ephesians 6:4) ICGC's Children's Ministry, dubbed: Jesus People, is committed to helping and supporting parents in the spiritual formation of their children, using a Christ and bible-centered approach. ICGC believes that it is the primary responsibility of parents to ensure, not only the physical and emotional well-being of their children, but also their spiritual health and development. A healthy reverence for God and the things of God, go a long way in defining and determining a child's character, the kinds of choices and decisions that he or she makes , and ultimately who that child becomes, as a result of these choices and decisions. ICGC's Children's Ministry does not attempt to usurp the responsibilities of parents in the ‘raising’ of their kids; it simply aids parents in re-enforcing those lessons and disciplines that, hopefully, they are already teaching and inculcating in their children. Below are the specific goals of ICGC’s Jesus People Children’s Ministry.

It is our goal:

To encourage our children to learn in an age- appropriate setting, with a curriculum designed to educate them in the things of God. To lay a solid Christ-centered foundation in our children’s lives, one that will stand the test of time and sustain their faith into adulthood. To teach our children God’s Word, so they will grow to think the way God thinks and live the way His Word commands. To inculcate godly habits and lifestyles in our children that will be manifested in their daily walk, whether at home, school, on the playground or in church. To help our children develop an appreciable understanding and respect for the principle of authority and authority figures. To make each child’s experience at church fun, safe, and beneficial as they grow in Christ- likeness. To allow parents and other adults have a great worship experience at church, devoid of interruptions.
Christian Education ICGC's Christian Education Department is committed to the spiritual development of the entire membership of ICGC: both children and adult members. The department seeks and assures the spiritual education, or formation of members, by facilitating a process of Discipleship and Leadership Training/Development, which aids members in the discovery, nurture and deployment of their gifts and talents for church growth and kingdom business. Those who unite with ICGC in membership for the purpose of Worship and Fellowship, are equipped to greater levels of maturity in Christ, to the end that they might contribute to the furtherance and expansion of the ministry and kingdom of God - as Disciples, Leaders and/or Ministers.
Covenant Families Of strategic importance in ICGC’s Philosophy of Ministry is the Covenant Family concept, commonly referred to in other circles as Home Cells, House Fellowships, or Love Circles. ICGC believes that the early church in the book of Acts experienced phenomenal growth because of two basic reasons: It was large enough to fulfill its evangelistic mandate. It was small enough to minister to the personal needs of each individual, through fellowship and ‘Body-Ministry’. It is this second dimension, (i.e. ministering to the individual and personal needs of parishioners), particularly in an era characterized by social fragmentation, disintegration of the family unit, isolation and loneliness, which needs to be addressed through small groups (Covenant families). ICGC Covenant Families will consist of a group of six to twelve people, who consider themselves to be members of one family (the family of God), in covenant with each other, through the blood of Jesus Christ. The group, bound together by its covenant relationship to Christ and to each other, commits to growing together through mutual love, support, nourishment and care.  The importance of this ministry cannot be over- emphasized. The entire human body consists of cells. The health of these cells ultimately determines the health of the human body. Likewise, the health and vitality of ICGC’s Cell groups (Covenant Families) will ultimately determine the health and strength of the church as a whole. It is worthy of note that Christ’s vision of reaching the entire world with the love and power of the Father, began with just 12 disciples; he had a vision big enough to make him think small.

Purpose of Covenant Families:

Evangelism – Covenant Families will be bases and ‘lighthouses’ for Evangelism in the community, illuminating the surrounding darkness. Pastoral Care – Covenant Families will provide Pastoral Care, a support mechanism for church members, and ensuring that none falls through the cracks. Spiritual Gifts – Covenant Families will enable us discern, nurture and affirm the Spiritual and Ministry Gifts Christ has set in the church. Accountability – Covenant families will create a context of accountability for real life-change and character transformation among our membership. Discipleship & Leadership Develpment Covenant Families will encourage Hands-on Discipleship and Leadership development. Church Planting - The combined result of the above is Church Health, Planting and Growth.
Chosen Generation Youth Ministries “Remember your Creator in your Youth, when the evil days have not come" (Ecclesiastes 12:1) ICGC’s Chosen Generation Youth Ministry is committed to reaching their peers and all youth in our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by being a ‘Youth friendly’ community, providing a positive and affirming environment that welcomes and integrates young people into the church, values their participation, cultivates their relationship with Christ, and calls forth their gifts and talents in His service, and in the service of their community. To this end, members of Chosen Generation Youth Ministry will live and lead by example, patterning their lives after the Word of God, inspired and led by the Holy Spirit, excelling and maximizing their God-given potential, in all areas of their lives – spiritually, physically, socially and academically.

Why Youth Ministry:

Youth are most vulnerable: The adolescent stage is a most critical phase in every person’s life. It is the stage teenagers become more conscious of themselves, as well as, the opposite sex. The desire to be rid of parental control and assert their independence, not to mention the quest for acceptance and experimentation with drugs, smoking, sex etc. is quite intense. Ironically, this is the time satan also sets his trap. Youth face more complex issues today: The problems our youth are faced with today are more complex than previous generations: gun and domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, abortion, aids, bullying, issues with identity, sexual orientation etc. The disintegration of the family is also contributing, in no small way, to create a new breed of dysfunctional kids, with no role models, self-esteem or sense of identity, prone to violent behavior and lifestyles. The net result is increased drug use, gang activity (90,000 in LA county alone) and an avalanche of social evils. Youth serve as a Bridge: The future of any society, nation or church depends on the vision and vitality of its youth. Our youth serve as vital link, a bridge, between the present and the future - little wonder satan initiates his attack at this stage (Exodus1:16-22 / Matthew2:13-20) We must do whatever it takes to protect our children/youth because they are our only hope for the future. Youth have a Hunger for Connection: Mankind was created with an innate desire for relationship and fellowship. Young people, in particular, have a hunger for connection, to be in relationship and fellowship, and to belong. The disruption and disintegration of the family unit in our society has created an entire generation of kids in desperate need for love, and this hunger for connection. Family, peers, school, youth ministries and organizations, church, and unfortunately, gangs, are primary connections for young people. Youth Need a Compelling Vision and Adventure: “Without a vision, people perish”; scripture says (Prov. 29:18). Young people are always looking for a noble and compelling adventure for their youthful zeal and enthusiasm; they hunger for a challenging vision of life, a cause worth their commitment. Cults and many anti- social organizations prey on and recruit such ‘hungry’ youth, often frustrated, vulnerable and unsuspecting, into their ranks, and exploit this passion for significance within them. Youth ministries, like Chosen Generation, provide a positive alternative to this quest; a noble, bigger and challenging vision – to live for. Reach them Now or others will: We need to reach our kids now; if not others (the drug dealer, gang member, pimp, rock star or other kids) will. Teaching them to simply say: “No”, may not always work. We need to also teach them what they can say “Yes” to – such as, Education, Ethical and Moral Values, such as, Abstinence, Hard Work, Integrity, Good Manners, Faith, Vision, etc.

Disturbing Youth Statistics:

Drugs: A Department of Justice survey showed that 25% of Youth in grades 9 to 12 had been offered drugs on school property, while 84% of students surveyed, expressed how easy it was to obtain drugs, especially marijuana. STD’s: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that of the 19 million cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) reported annually in the US, about 50% ( 9 million) of victims are youth, between the ages of 15 and 19. 50% of all new HIV infections also occur among teenagers. Suicide: According to the American Psychiatric Association, the third (3rd) leading cause of death among teenagers, aged 15 to 19, is suicide, often caused by conditions such as depression, drug use, mental illness, divorce, and bullying. Gang Activity: FBI, and other sources on gang activity in the US, estimated the nation-wide gang population in 2009 to be approximately 1 million. 40% of this number (i.e. 400,000), were below the age of 18. 360,000 out of the total were boys, while the girl gang population was between 32,000 and 40,000. The average ages of a gang- member were 18 and 19, with about 25% gang- members as young as 15 to 17 years of age. Teenage Pregnancy: Adolescent childbearing is more common in the United States (22% of women reported having had a child before age 20) than in Great Britain (15%), Canada (11%), France (6%) and Sweden (4%); differences are even greater for births to younger teenagers. According to Planned Parenthood, American teens become pregnant at a rate, 12 times higher than the Netherlands, and other industrialized countries. 11% to 12% of total births in the United States are too teenage mothers. Approximately 750,000 to 900,000 pregnancies occur each year to teenage girls between 15 and 19 years in the US. Approximately 112, 000 abortions occur among teens aged 15 to 19 in the US.. The age of sexual debut varies little across countries, yet American teenagers are the most likely to have multiple partners. Teenage mothers are statistically less likely to graduate from High School, much more go on to college. Teen mothers are more likely than women who delay child bearing to live in poverty and to require public assistance. Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born at low birth weight, to have health and developmental problems, and to be abused and/or neglected. The cost of teen pregnancy amounts to an estimated $7 billion annually in lost tax revenues, public assistance, health care, and other costs.

YOUTH MINISTRY GOALS & OBJECTIVES:

Personal/Spiritual Development: To help foster the personal and spiritual growth of each youth. Adolescence and young adulthood are important times for mental, spiritual, social, and physical growth. Their relationships and experiences greatly influence their healthy and positive development, as they mature into full adulthood. Personal Faith Commitment: To help youth become aware of God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, to respond to Christ in a personal commitment of faith, and to follow God’s will in the full meaning of church membership and Christian fellowship. Life-long Walk with Christ: To prepare youth for a life-long walk with Christ, by developing a heart that loves and pants after God, a mind that knows God’s Word, a will that commits to the Gospel and to ongoing discipleship, and a Life that cares for and connects with, believers and non-believers within the youth ministry, the church, and our society. Discipleship: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, in an overtly perverted world today, by providing them with the faith skills for discipleship and the accountability necessary for life-change and character transformation. Such skills include, the ability to do personal Bible study, correctly interpreting scripture, (the bible), applying these truths to every area and relationship (with family, authority figures, the opposite sex etc.) of life, and the ability to lead a Bible study, small group discussion or teach a lesson. Evangelism & Personal Witness: To guide youth to confidently state their commitment to Christ, boldly share with, or witness to their friends and peers about their personal faith in Him (Jesus Christ), and to invite others to respond to Him. Prayer Life: To help and encourage our Youth to develop a meaningful, devotional prayer life, through the cultivation of a consistent and personal prayer life and quiet time. Worship Experience: To help youth experience worship, both celebrative and reflective, in private (i.e. on a personal level), and also in corporate (i.e. church) settings. Christian Stewardship: To guide youth in exploring, discovering and nurturing their abilities and talents, and deploying them for service in the church, community and world. Stewardship regarding career or vocational choices, as well as, stewardship of their money, time, including pleasure time, and abilities will be emphasized. Self-Acceptance & Esteem: To help youth grow in understanding and acceptance of self, by affirmation. Offer our youth, biblical concepts of self-image, and giving them positions of service and leadership, suitable to their gifts, talents, abilities and mission. Develop Social Skills: Offer our youth opportunities to develop their social skills, through integration, interaction and full involvement in Christian fellowship and church activities. Our youth will be equipped with insights that will enable them deal wisely with life’s pressures, make right decisions and choices, develop self-respect as a pre-requisite to learning how to respect other forms of authority (parental, the law, teachers etc.). Vision, Purpose & Passion: To provide our youth with a sense of Mission, Vision and Purpose, i.e. something to believe in, live for and die for. Talk to the average teenage drug user, gang member or juvenile hall inmate, and one thing becomes clear: He/She has no sense of purpose, direction or hope. Idealism and Passion are primary characteristics of youth. This passion, left unharnessed, undirected or misguided, can have terrible consequences. Our goal is to provide guidance and direction to our Youth, and thereby channel their passion and idealism into productive or fruitful ventures. (Proverbs 20:29). Healthy & Positive Inter-Personal Relationships:  To provide a forum where our youth can develop healthy and positive friendships and associations. “Bad company ruins good character” (1Cor.15:33). The adage: “Show me your friend and I’ll show you your character” holds true especially, for our youth. Recreational Activities: To provide recreational activities in a healthy social environment where our youth can bond, unwind and develop a healthy social life. “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” goes the old saying. Such recreational activities may include Christian concerts, drama, movies, sports, picnics, excursions/hikes, group visits to amusement parks, (e.g. Disneyland, Raging Waters etc.).  Youth Center: Consistent with our mission, vision and core values, ICGC will establish a Youth Center that will provide support to at-risk youth and their parents. We will promote the Christian values we espouse, and offer programs that provide alternatives to teen delinquency, gang activity and life on the streets.