What keeps us up at night? Finding ways to empower the next generation of disciple-makers. Our passion is to see students see themselves as sons and daughters of a loving Father who loves to give good gifts. They in turn deepen their love for God, grow together as His family, and share the good news of the gospel with others. We believe relational discipleship is the best way for students to become disciples who disciple others. Come join us on Wednesday nights for a family meal, worship, teaching, fun antics, and huddle times.

Time:  Wednesdays from 6 to 8 PM

Who: Students in Grades 6 through 12

Youth Worship Gathering

Youth groups from across the city are uniting to gather, worship, and pray! After Pastor Brian and Liam Graham at Heartland church had the idea to do a combined worship night, the group quickly spread into including over 15 pastors representing 12 different churches! 

This night of worship will take place at FirstMC on Friday, March 24 at 7 PM. This is a great opportunity for all churches around the Fort Wayne area to bring together their 6th-12th graders and worship together! If you have questions, please ask Pastor Brian or Pastor Sam.

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Will my son or daughter feel welcomed?

Yes! We know that visiting a new group of people can bring anxiety. We work hard at making sure your son or daughter feels welcomed by adult leaders as well as other students.

What can I expect at a youth gathering?

We meet students where they are and create space for them to meet God through worship, the Bible, and each other. Because Jesus asked us to disciple others, we place a high emphasis on knowing God’s voice and responding to what He is saying. We use Jesus’ life as an example and train teens to live and lead like Him. At youth gatherings, we pattern each week to represent one of four aspects of Jesus’ life: UP (worship), IN (family), and OUT (evangelism) and APPLICATION (practices)

Will my son or daughter be safe?

Absolutely! We interview and perform background checks for all of our leaders. We always have two adults present with students and every leader is trained to take seriously the responsibility of keeping your student safe and reducing the risk of any harm. 

How can I get involved as a parent or guardian?

We realize that we only have your son or daughter for 52+ hours a year.  With that being said, we also realize that we are an important part of helping you disciple your son or daughter.  If you are sensing a call to NextGen ministry, consider hosting a small group of students at your home each week.  We call them Tables.  We’d love to talk to you about that.  It can be centered around a sports team, dance troupe, neighborhood, home-school network, or anything!  Our goal is for regular everyday students to living and lead like Jesus did. 

How do I stay up-to-date with what is going on?

We have a Facebook group for parents where we post events, pictures, and more. Check it out at: You can also follow our Instagram at:

Join Our Youth Ministry Team!

Are you interested in partnering with us in showing the love of God to our amazing youth at First Missionary Church? We would love to find a place for you to serve on our team! Click the link below to fill out an application!