Our Approach to Next-Gen Ministry

The Gathering is the next-gen ministry at Redeemer and serves Jr. High, High School, and College/Young Adults. We serve those age groups on the same night, during the same time, but in different venues and in different ways on our campus.

Doors open at 6:30pm for fun before the service begins at 7pm. Our gym is open for basketball, ping pong, or volleyball, and we have corn hole stations and other games on the terrace. There are also multiple areas where students can relax with friends and fellowship with leaders including fire pit seating, high top tables in the breezeway, couches in the lobby, or the auditorium. Service starts at 7pm and includes worship (led by our band), preaching (by our pastor or qualified leader), and we alternate between small group breakouts and Q & A. The service and small group/Q & A session typically end at 8:30pm, and students resume their fellowship together in the gym, on the terrace, and other community spaces.

Philosophy

The Gathering exists to teach and release the next generation for the glory of God. We put a strong emphasis on Biblical worship through doctrinally sound music, expository preaching, small group discipleship, and godly relationships. We take God’s word and our spiritual growth seriously, while having a ton of fun along the way.

Time & Schedule

Thursday Nights @ 7pm (doors open @ 6:30pm). For a list of all dates and events check out our schedule linked below. 

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Junior High

(7th-8th grade)

Jr. High students worship with the large group gathering then breakout into their own venue for age-appropriate teaching, small groups, and fun. This ministry is led by the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and a qualified group of leaders.

High School 

(9th-12th grade)

We believe that by this age, students should not be coddled or lured in to the church by gimmicks, but rather, should be strengthened in the truth challenged to live it, and loved along the way. High School students worship with the large group gathering, remain in the auditorium for the main preaching session, then break out with their same gender and grade levels for small groups.

College/Young Adult

(18+)

This age group is one of the fastest growing demographics at The Gathering. They worship with the large group gathering, remain in the auditorium for the main preaching session, then break out together in a variety of ways. For some topics they are mixed in together, and for other topics they break out with the same gender. We also have small groups that meet during the week around the East Valley.

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