Youth - Overview
Welcome to Shift Student Ministries!
Thank you for taking the time to check out Shift Student Ministries. You may find yourself wondering why Otterbein’s student ministry program is called Shift. We are called Shift because we desire to see the kind of change in teens that shifts their destiny, shifts their attitude, shifts their purpose, shifts their view of accountability, shifts their convictions, shifts their choices, shifts their priorities, shifts their community, and shifts their idea responsibility.
Our name, Shift Student Ministries, is a daily reminder that this type of life change can only happen through faith in Christ.
Purpose of SHIFT
The purpose of Shift is to glorify God as we REACH students not yet trusting Jesus and CONNECT them with others following Him, helping each to GROW in their faith, SERVE in their ministry and HONOR God with their lives. These five action words help keep us “on track” in all we do.
The vision of Shift Student Ministries helps to communicate what we desire students to look like when they leave the ministry. This is the realistic life change that we would like to see happening in the students’ lives.
We desire to produce students who:
- Publicly profess faith in Jesus Christ.
- Are dedicated to the local church.
- Are constant examples of genuine Christianity.
- Are consistently growing spiritually and are dedicated to studying Scripture.
- Are active in Christian service.
- Understand the importance of evangelism and discipleship and practice both.
Our Planned Values
Here at Shift we also use the word “TRANSFORM” to illustrate our planned values. These are the things we feel so strongly about that they influence the way we think and act as we operate in ministry:
Teenage leaders (Indicating student involvement, support and ownership)
Relationships (Healthy and positive Adult/Student and Student/Student relationships)
Acceptance (A place where everyone is warmly welcomed and embraced)
New people (Wanting to impact the lives of more and more students)
Spiritual growth (Becoming fully-devoted followers of Jesus)
Fun (Laughter, celebration, excitement, a positive and enthusiastic environment)
Outstanding effort (Not perfection, but important enough to be done very well)
Real care (Genuine and sincere respect, love and intimacy)
Making improvements (Devoted to continual review, evaluation and positive change).