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About TNT Youth Ministry

TNT Youth Ministry began at Ephrata Mennonite Church, now Alive Church Ephrata, as a vision of outreach, acceptance, and discipleship for the youth of Ephrata. One evening in September of 2000, nearly 150 youth appeared in the EMC parking lot after they had been kicked out of the Cloister Shopping Center (a favorite hangout for teens). The congregation chose to welcome them, viewing it as an opportunity to minister rather than as a nuisance.

Since then, God has continued to bless the ministry in many ways. The name “TNT Youth Ministries” (Thursday Night Thing) was chosen for the outreach because it began as a hangout night on Thursday evenings. The goal was to break down the walls of pain and hurt by sharing Christ’s love with the youth. The ministry soon expanded to Bible studies, retreats, Concerts, and serving in the local schools. Because it is no longer just a Thursday Night Thing, TNT now stands for “TEENS NEED TRUTH.”

TNT Youth Ministry Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that salvation is a personal decision made available to all by grace through faith in Christ alone and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The church best represents Christ to the world when there is godly humility and unity within and between congregations and love towards the world at large.