We Exist to: Experience It! Get It! Live It! Thrive!

What is “It”? It = God’s love, grace & forgiveness


A Christian environment where they can feel accepted by adults and teens
who care and hear about It that helps them see who God is and can be in their lives.

It is our goal to make sure that this Experience takes place at all our youth events, especially our Outreach and Fellowship events which are geared to reach youth who are on the Fringe.


The knowledge of It moves from their head to their heart and they are transformed
into growing followers of God.

The goal here is to help the youth to Get in their hearts that God is real and He wants the youth to follow His Will. This happens through Fellowship and Discipleship events that are planned to move youth from the Fringe to Attenders.


With the passion & commitment they have because of strong>It , the youth put strong>It into practice by wanting to share strong>It with others around them.

The next step is to continue to equip and train the youth who want to strong>Live out their faith by encouraging them to be a part of a Bible Study as well as participate in Mission/Service opportunities. It is our hope and prayer that through these events that the youth will begin to mature in their faith walk and become more committed to SPL Youth Ministry and move to the Core of our youth ministry where they want others to Experience what they have.

With the help of God and dedicated volunteers, we want all of the youth to Thrive and live life abundantly!!!

Youth Education

7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
Confirmation classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:20am and/or on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and are led by Pastor Doug Bender, Chris Schuette or Scott Powers.

THRIVE Senior High Sunday Morning
Class meets Sundays at 9:20am in the Youth Room 214B.

F3: Family – Faith – Formation
For Grade 9-12, class meets on F3 Wednesdays at 6:30pm – a variety of topics and instructors available.

Youth Events

Thrive Community
For Senior High Youth, group meeting and study on the first Sunday of each month, 6:30pm at Pastor Doug’s home (contact him at 217-423-6955 for directions).

Thrive Praise
Youth worship event led by Pastor Doug Bender – all area youth welcome.

Thrive Alive
Youth fellowship event. Contact Pastor Doug Bender to participate.

Thrive Serve
Youth servant event, for Senior High Youth. Once monthly our youth will complete service together – our current partnership is with Decatur Kids Bags of Hope, packing weekend food bags for area school children once per month.

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