High School Ministry

We believe these years are some of the most captivating years as you find your identity, belonging and purpose in God’s Family!

Family Ministry

We believe there is incredible hope for this generation
as the church and home come together to rely on God
to transform us into His likeness!

We are excited for the ways that God is using and will continue to use parents and guardians as the spiritual champion and authority in their homes! Through prayer, listening to families, reading and much discussion, we believe that a streamlined Family Ministry Model is the best way for Third Church to partner with what God is doing in the church during this time in history.

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Stay Connected

Over these next several weeks, while we as parents walk through these unprecedented times and lead our children through them, we just want you to know Third Church Children & Student Ministry is here to stay connected with you and your family! God’s love and presence is real; it calms anxiety, it satisfies the weary, it brings light to the darkness and pours out like refreshing rain in dry places. You and your family were created to experience this divine love and presence together! Even though we are required to keep ‘social distance’ during this time, we know God’s love and presence is not limited to physical spaces. Our prayer is to encourage and equip your family to have your living room space set up to be a holy place where you will gather and grow through Word and Spirit.



Small Groups

Sticky Faith research shows that faith sticks when a student has 5 adults love and encourage their faith journey. At CORE, we believe that a small group leader is one of those people. The purpose of a small group is to be in community and to dive deeper into the Word of God. The early church truly lived life together in ways that exhibited spiritual growth, encouragement, rooted relationships, unity, gratitude, prayer, service, grace, generosity and authenticity. At CORE, high school students will be in placed into groups of same gender/age of 6-9 people.

Large Group

Large Group Nights help to unite the high school ministries as each House Group attends and worships together.

House Groups

A house group is a place for every student to know and be known! Every house has between 3-4 small groups (20-30 students), small group leaders, a point person and the home host. During house group, students will have a time to hang out, receive announcements to keep everyone on the same page, settle in for a teaching, engage in small group time and close the night in prayer. What do you do if you want to attend a house group but haven’t registered? Please feel free to join a friend, or contact Ali Cranmer for more information.

Ignite Prayer

God speaks to His creation regularly. A small group of students felt that God was asking them to intentionally pray for their peers, community and church. Each Sunday, the students meet in The Hub (Student Ministry area) at 7:00 pm. Students are encouraged to join 610 Intercessory Prayer (on Sundays when there is no 610 Service) or the 610 Service (third Sunday of the month) at 6:10 pm in the Auditorium.

Profession of Faith

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Profession of Faith (POF) is a milestone where students make a public commitment towards accepting ones identity into the family of God.  Although students may know Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives, it becomes more ‘real’ when they stand up and confess Him publically.

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Upcoming Mission Trips

After much prayer, discernment and wise counsel, we have decided to call off all Third Church Summer Mission Trips. The COVID-19 Pandemic has left us unable to be in many of our trip locations at this time. We hope to provide service opportunities that engage the generous heart of God as we desire to be His hands and feet on earth. We will announce these opportunities if/when we can.


Fundraising Opportunities

Our Values

High school is a unique time of preparing students to launch new life adventures. Amidst the busyness of this season, we want every student to know they are loved and a part of God’s unfolding story. Because of this we want to journey with students as we learn to be more:

C—Christ Centered

Defined and directed by Christ (John 17:2-4).

O—Others focused

Making ourselves less so that we can serve others and see the needs of other people (Matthew 16:24-27). As we learn to

R—Rely on His strength

Looking for ways to connect with God on a regular basis, through scripture reading, prayer, small groups and Ignite Prayer (2 Timothy 3:16-17). And we want


For everyone to know they are welcomed in the Body of Christ: Safe and open community of believers (Romans 12:19-21).


Ali Cranmer
Next Gen Team Leader

office: 641-628-4900 x307

Brett Wiersma
Student Ministry Team Leader

office: 641-628-4900 x308