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.”