What's going on @ Refuge...
              Candace and I are loving life right now! We have 2 awesome kids who are crazier than ever and growing up to be amazing little Worthingtons, Candace is pregnant with our third child—a baby boy we are naming Blaine, and he will be joining our family in January. We can’t wait to meet B-Dub #2!  God has blessed us in so many ways and we want to share something with you that is pretty big in the life of our family right now.
             As most of you know, I have had the privilege of pastoring the student ministry at Hope Church for over 4 years. Both my wife Candace and I will never be able to fully express how much God has used the students of this church and these last four years to greatly minister to us!
            For the last 6 months, God has been stirring in me that there may be something else that He has for me. Since 2007 when I first sat down with Pastor Travis and shared with him my heart for ministry, I’ve consistently said to God, “Lord, wherever you want me…show me.” So for many months I was feeling the need to have that conversation with the Lord more and more. That being said, 2 months ago, our lead pastors at Hope approached me about stepping into a new role in a different area of ministry at Hope. After much prayer and seeking counsel, Candace and I have decided that God has definitely led us into this new season of ministry.
            As of the end of October 2013, I will be stepping out of the role as student pastor at Hope Church. Now I want to be clear here: Nothing about my passion for students and my desire to see them meet Jesus, love Him, and pursue a relationship with Him has changed! I am just as passionate about the next generation living lives centered on the gospel than I have ever been! My position may be changing, but my passion for young people growing in Christ will never change! Some of you may be asking, “What happens now?
            Because we care deeply for students, their spiritual growth, and the ministry that we have for them at Hope, we have a plan! In the short-term, as we pray and seek God for a new pastor for our student ministry, Pastor Brian Hook will be leading a team to ensure the quality of our student ministry, and to be a resource for parents. We are doing our absolute best to ensure that this ministry remains as much of a priority as I have sought to make it for four years. At Hope, we purposely don’t center any one ministry on a single person. Because of this, our Refuge small group leaders have always been and will continue to be the first people students go to in times of questioning, crisis, or encouragement needs. This, of course, will not change in this interim period.
            The long-term plan is that we will be seeking God as a pastoral team to bring to us the man that He has called to be the next student pastor at Hope Church. I am so excited to meet him and see God use him in unbelievable ways in your student’s lives! I really believe, just like God transitioned leaders in His Word to accomplish His greater purpose, that He hasn’t changed that strategy. Pray alongside us as we ask God to bring us the man that He will use to lead, train, and equip teenagers in our city!
              I know some of you may have questions and I want you to ask them! This is not a bad thing. This transition is a great thing in the life of our church and Candace and I are stoked! But we want to answer questions and help families better understand any confusion they may face. So please don’t hesitate to email me, talk to me on a weekend, or call me with questions. Candace and I love you and your family, we’re praying for the students, and we cannot wait to see how God continues to use us at Hope!

Thank for you taking the time to read this!
-Scott

              Candace and I are loving life right now! We have 2 awesome kids who are crazier than ever and growing up to be amazing little Worthingtons, Candace is pregnant with our third child—a baby boy we are naming Blaine, and he will be joining our family in January. We can’t wait to meet B-Dub #2!  God has blessed us in so many ways and we want to share something with you that is pretty big in the life of our family right now.

             As most of you know, I have had the privilege of pastoring the student ministry at Hope Church for over 4 years. Both my wife Candace and I will never be able to fully express how much God has used the students of this church and these last four years to greatly minister to us!

            For the last 6 months, God has been stirring in me that there may be something else that He has for me. Since 2007 when I first sat down with Pastor Travis and shared with him my heart for ministry, I’ve consistently said to God, “Lord, wherever you want me…show me.” So for many months I was feeling the need to have that conversation with the Lord more and more. That being said, 2 months ago, our lead pastors at Hope approached me about stepping into a new role in a different area of ministry at Hope. After much prayer and seeking counsel, Candace and I have decided that God has definitely led us into this new season of ministry.

            As of the end of October 2013, I will be stepping out of the role as student pastor at Hope Church. Now I want to be clear here: Nothing about my passion for students and my desire to see them meet Jesus, love Him, and pursue a relationship with Him has changed! I am just as passionate about the next generation living lives centered on the gospel than I have ever been! My position may be changing, but my passion for young people growing in Christ will never change! Some of you may be asking, “What happens now?

            Because we care deeply for students, their spiritual growth, and the ministry that we have for them at Hope, we have a plan! In the short-term, as we pray and seek God for a new pastor for our student ministry, Pastor Brian Hook will be leading a team to ensure the quality of our student ministry, and to be a resource for parents. We are doing our absolute best to ensure that this ministry remains as much of a priority as I have sought to make it for four years. At Hope, we purposely don’t center any one ministry on a single person. Because of this, our Refuge small group leaders have always been and will continue to be the first people students go to in times of questioning, crisis, or encouragement needs. This, of course, will not change in this interim period.

            The long-term plan is that we will be seeking God as a pastoral team to bring to us the man that He has called to be the next student pastor at Hope Church. I am so excited to meet him and see God use him in unbelievable ways in your student’s lives! I really believe, just like God transitioned leaders in His Word to accomplish His greater purpose, that He hasn’t changed that strategy. Pray alongside us as we ask God to bring us the man that He will use to lead, train, and equip teenagers in our city!

              I know some of you may have questions and I want you to ask them! This is not a bad thing. This transition is a great thing in the life of our church and Candace and I are stoked! But we want to answer questions and help families better understand any confusion they may face. So please don’t hesitate to email me, talk to me on a weekend, or call me with questions. Candace and I love you and your family, we’re praying for the students, and we cannot wait to see how God continues to use us at Hope!

Thank for you taking the time to read this!

-Scott

Parents and Students!

Tonight is a very important night in the life of our student ministry!

Whether you are a Refuge regular or haven’t been in awhile, I want to invite you to be a part of our service tonight. We would love for as many students as possible to be in the room tonight as we talk about the future of our student ministry.

We meet at our campus here at Hope from 6:30p-8:30p. Please don’t hesitate to email us back with any questions!

Hope to see you tonight!

- Scott Worthington

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Within a 5 mile radius of Hope Church, there are over 11,000 students who do not have a relationship with Jesus. More than ever before, even students who are connected to a church via their parents are more apathetic and disconnected from authentic community due to the dying trend of trying to make students like church by making it cool.

 

The student ministry at Hope exists to connect students, near and far from God, to live the life of a Jesus follower. It’s what we’re all about. JESUS. Everything we do in our ministry exists to point students towards Him.

 

Over the past 12 months, Refuge has experienced a disconnect from a couple vital things that make it thrive:

 

A UNIQUE IDENTITY // We believe that students thrive in a culture where students are free to be students! They thrive when they are free to hang out, do life with one another, and just simply be together. Unfortunately, because our Refuge service has been right before our 6:30 Hope for Kids service on Sundays, we have lost this unique identity that is vital for our ministry!

 

SMALL GROUP COMMUNITY // At Hope Church, we believe that life change happens in community! Our small groups are where we see discipleship begin to happen, deep adult-mentor relationships can grow, and students are changed. Again, due to the time constraints of our Sunday evening schedule, this crucial small group environment has all but been eliminated.

 

Because of these things—through much prayer, talking with students, parents, and leaders, and seeking a solution that is not just good for the student ministry but for Hope Church as a whole, we have decided to make a significant change.

 

Beginning Wednesday, September 18, Refuge will be on Wednesday evenings!

 

From 6:30-8:30p, Refuge on Wednesdays will regain some of the vital things we’ve missed over the past 12 months. We will continue to worship and experience Jesus together through music. We will continue to preach gospel-centered messages from God’s word. We will have plenty of time and space for students to hang out, get to know each other, and connect in small groups. And, as always, we will have a blast!

 

We understand that this change will be an adjustment for the families of Hope. But we believe, all things considered, that this move is a win for our church. We are so excited to see how Jesus changes the teenagers in our city and we can’t wait to see Him use our church and our students to do that!

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’d love to discuss anything you’ve read here further and answer any other questions you may have about our student ministry.

 

 

Praying for your family,

 

Scott Worthington

Student Ministry Pastor

Hope Church

 

 

 

 

JUST A REMINDER!
There is NO REFUGE this week due to Father’s Day! Spend time with your padre!
Next week, Summer @ Refuge will be back in full swing and we’re going to the park after! GET STOKED! :)

JUST A REMINDER!

There is NO REFUGE this week due to Father’s Day! Spend time with your padre!

Next week, Summer @ Refuge will be back in full swing and we’re going to the park after! GET STOKED! :)

THIS WEEK WE KICKOFF SUMMER AT REFUGE! All summer long, we will be teaching through the parables of Jesus. More info about our summer events will be posted shortly!
This week (June 9) is particularly special as we will be celebrating our graduating seniors! We will be teaching the story of the Wise and Foolish Builders from Matthew 7. 
Parents, I encourage you to get your students to Refuge throughout the summer! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or call us @ 702.896.5924
See you Sunday,
Scott Worthington
Student Ministry Pastor
Hope Church

THIS WEEK WE KICKOFF SUMMER AT REFUGE! All summer long, we will be teaching through the parables of Jesus. More info about our summer events will be posted shortly!

This week (June 9) is particularly special as we will be celebrating our graduating seniors! We will be teaching the story of the Wise and Foolish Builders from Matthew 7. 

Parents, I encourage you to get your students to Refuge throughout the summer! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or call us @ 702.896.5924

See you Sunday,

Scott Worthington

Student Ministry Pastor

Hope Church

JUST A REMINDER! NO REFUGE THIS WEEK DUE TO MOTHER’S DAY! HAVE A GREAT DAY MOMS!

JUST A REMINDER! NO REFUGE THIS WEEK DUE TO MOTHER’S DAY! HAVE A GREAT DAY MOMS!

THIS WEEK, WE BEGIN A NEW SERIES AT REFUGE!
This series is a call to action for students. A call to not slip into lazy Christianity that is so tempting. A call to not expect mom or dad to hold their hand all throughout their walk with God. A call for 7th-12th graders to take initiative. To take responsibility. To OWN IT.
Throughout this series, we will look at a few key areas in the life of a  disciple and challenge students to take responsibility in those areas now! Whether in the areas of SERVING, GIVING, BEING ON MISSION WITH THEIR LIVES,  ETC., we want to urge students to break the mold of the teenage culture and be passionate about the things that they were made for! Please be praying for our students as we walk through this series! If you’d like to follow along, all of our message are available on podcast here: http://bit.ly/VJeWRQ
See you this Sunday!
Scott Worthington
Student Ministry Pastor

THIS WEEK, WE BEGIN A NEW SERIES AT REFUGE!

This series is a call to action for students. A call to not slip into lazy Christianity that is so tempting. A call to not expect mom or dad to hold their hand all throughout their walk with God. A call for 7th-12th graders to take initiative. To take responsibility. To OWN IT.

Throughout this series, we will look at a few key areas in the life of a  disciple and challenge students to take responsibility in those areas now! Whether in the areas of SERVING, GIVING, BEING ON MISSION WITH THEIR LIVES,  ETC., we want to urge students to break the mold of the teenage culture and be passionate about the things that they were made for! Please be praying for our students as we walk through this series! If you’d like to follow along, all of our message are available on podcast here: http://bit.ly/VJeWRQ

See you this Sunday!

Scott Worthington

Student Ministry Pastor

Calling all night owls! We have a ridiculously awesome night coming up that you DO NOT want to miss! On Friday, May 3, we are having our REFUGE ALL-NIGHTER!
Skyzone, movies, bowling, putt-putt, laser tag, and broom ball on ice is happening ALL NIGHT! The madness starts at 8pm on Friday May 3, and end at 8am on Saturday May 4! All the driving will be done by our trained, background checked Refuge leaders.
THE COST IS ONLY $40! And get this…if you bring 2 friends that are new Refuge, YOU GO FOR FREE! That’s how bad we want to meet your friends! ;)
If you are a student and you’re interested, let us know through email, facebook, etc. If you are a parent and you have questions, let us know!
So what are you waiting for? Get to Refuge THIS Sunday at 5pm and SIGNUP!!!!

Calling all night owls! We have a ridiculously awesome night coming up that you DO NOT want to miss! On Friday, May 3, we are having our REFUGE ALL-NIGHTER!

Skyzone, movies, bowling, putt-putt, laser tag, and broom ball on ice is happening ALL NIGHT! The madness starts at 8pm on Friday May 3, and end at 8am on Saturday May 4! All the driving will be done by our trained, background checked Refuge leaders.

THE COST IS ONLY $40! And get this…if you bring 2 friends that are new Refuge, YOU GO FOR FREE! That’s how bad we want to meet your friends! ;)

If you are a student and you’re interested, let us know through email, facebook, etc. If you are a parent and you have questions, let us know!

So what are you waiting for? Get to Refuge THIS Sunday at 5pm and SIGNUP!!!!

REFUGE THIS WEEK @ 5PM! BE THERE!

Here’s all the info you need to know for #EXPOSURE2013!

There are few spots available if you want to signup still! MUST BE TODAY :)

DON’T MISS REFUGE THIS WEEK!

Hey parents and students! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I wanted to shoot you a quick email to HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you (or your student if this is a parent) to BE AT REFUGE THIS WEEK! It’s going to be an awesome night! We are calling this Sunday, INVITE NIGHT as we have been encouraging every Refuge student to bring 1 friend to join them for Refuge.

Again, DON’T MISS REFUGE THIS WEEK! New people will be there, we’ll have pizza, slushies (yes…I said slushies), and a great experience that you and your friends don’t want to miss!

SEE YOU SUNDAY AT 5PM!

If you missed the kickoff of our study through 2 Timothy this past Sunday, here it is!

This week, we continue our verse by verse study through 2 Timothy!

THIS WEEK WE BEGIN A NEW STUDY IN OUR STUDENT MINISTRY HERE AT HOPE!
For the next several months at Refuge, we will be walking verse-by-verse through the new testament book of 2 Timothy. We believe there is nothing more beneficial that we can do for students  than to open the word of God, read it, study it, apply it, and be challenged by it!
I can’t wait to see the Holy Spirit move and work within our ministry as we study the text of this book. If you miss a week, all of our message are available on podcast here: http://bit.ly/VJeWRQ
See you this Sunday!
Scott Worthington
Student Ministry Pastor

THIS WEEK WE BEGIN A NEW STUDY IN OUR STUDENT MINISTRY HERE AT HOPE!


For the next several months at Refuge, we will be walking verse-by-verse through the new testament book of 2 Timothy. We believe there is nothing more beneficial that we can do for students  than to open the word of God, read it, study it, apply it, and be challenged by it!

I can’t wait to see the Holy Spirit move and work within our ministry as we study the text of this book. If you miss a week, all of our message are available on podcast here: http://bit.ly/VJeWRQ

See you this Sunday!

Scott Worthington

Student Ministry Pastor

Dear Parents, 
I am more excited about what God is doing in our student ministry than ever before! Each week, we’re seeing new students come to Refuge, get plugged in, and grow closer to Jesus! As I begin to share some things with you as parents about what’s happening at Refuge over the next month, I’d like to first say “Thank you”! It is such a privilege to serve as pastor to your students and disciple them alongside you! As we look toward the month of February, we want you to have some information about a new series we are teaching on dating and relationships called HIM+HER.
As you know, the teenage years are obviously years of much change! Physical change, mental change, and spiritual change are just part of growing up! At the same time your students are growing up, they are being BOMBARDED by what the world says is normal, good, and healthy. We believe that most of the time, the world’s view of what is good is not what the Bible calls good. Having said that, we want to teach students what the Bible says about the things they hear about daily from the world. If the church never tackles tough issues and introduces students to the biblical worldview of those issues, how can we expect them to know? 
So for 3 weeks starting February 10, we will discuss some big issues regarding sex and dating. Let me be clear: our only source for truth will be the Bible—Not opinion, not the newest dating book, and not the world’s standard. We will look at scripture and teach students based on God’s word. After each message, students will meet in their small groups to discuss further! Here is each week’s topic: 
·       Week 1 (FEB. 10):  In this week, we will look at what the Bible says about “dating”. This will be age appropriate for 7th-12th grade students. (Main Scripture: Genesis 1 / Ephesians 5:22-25) 
·       Week 2 (FEB. 17): In this week, guys and girls will have their own teaching environments and will see from scripture how to honor God as a young man/woman and how God calls us to honor the opposite sex. (Main Scripture: Proverbs 31 / 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
·       Week 3 (FEB. 24): In this week, the Junior High students and High School students have their own teaching environments. We will learn that purity matters to God. He has called us to holiness and purity. This DOES include physical purity despite what the world says.
(Main Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 / 1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
I want to encourage you to talk with your student throughout the week as they come home and share what was talked about Refuge. For some students, this series will raise some great questions and lead to very cool conversations in your home! Also, I’d love each parent to regularly check our parent blog; which is updated each week with a more detailed explanation of that week’s sermon! Just log on to vegasrefuge.tumblr.com! If you have any questions, cares, or concerns please feel free to call me at the church at (702) 896-5924 or email me at scott@hopechurchonline.com. The student ministry team at Hope is excited and thankful to be able to serve your students and your family!
In Christ,
Scott Worthington
Student Ministry Pastor

Dear Parents, 

I am more excited about what God is doing in our student ministry than ever before! Each week, we’re seeing new students come to Refuge, get plugged in, and grow closer to Jesus! As I begin to share some things with you as parents about what’s happening at Refuge over the next month, I’d like to first say “Thank you”! It is such a privilege to serve as pastor to your students and disciple them alongside you! As we look toward the month of February, we want you to have some information about a new series we are teaching on dating and relationships called HIM+HER.

As you know, the teenage years are obviously years of much change! Physical change, mental change, and spiritual change are just part of growing up! At the same time your students are growing up, they are being BOMBARDED by what the world says is normal, good, and healthy. We believe that most of the time, the world’s view of what is good is not what the Bible calls good. Having said that, we want to teach students what the Bible says about the things they hear about daily from the world. If the church never tackles tough issues and introduces students to the biblical worldview of those issues, how can we expect them to know? 

So for 3 weeks starting February 10, we will discuss some big issues regarding sex and dating. Let me be clear: our only source for truth will be the Bible—Not opinion, not the newest dating book, and not the world’s standard. We will look at scripture and teach students based on God’s word. After each message, students will meet in their small groups to discuss further! Here is each week’s topic: 

·       Week 1 (FEB. 10):  In this week, we will look at what the Bible says about “dating”. This will be age appropriate for 7th-12th grade students. (Main Scripture: Genesis 1 / Ephesians 5:22-25) 

·       Week 2 (FEB. 17): In this week, guys and girls will have their own teaching environments and will see from scripture how to honor God as a young man/woman and how God calls us to honor the opposite sex. (Main Scripture: Proverbs 31 / 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

·       Week 3 (FEB. 24): In this week, the Junior High students and High School students have their own teaching environments. We will learn that purity matters to God. He has called us to holiness and purity. This DOES include physical purity despite what the world says.

(Main Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 / 1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

I want to encourage you to talk with your student throughout the week as they come home and share what was talked about Refuge. For some students, this series will raise some great questions and lead to very cool conversations in your home! Also, I’d love each parent to regularly check our parent blog; which is updated each week with a more detailed explanation of that week’s sermon! Just log on to vegasrefuge.tumblr.com! If you have any questions, cares, or concerns please feel free to call me at the church at (702) 896-5924 or email me at scott@hopechurchonline.com. The student ministry team at Hope is excited and thankful to be able to serve your students and your family!

In Christ,

Scott Worthington

Student Ministry Pastor