It is the heart of this ministry to disciple and teach youth how to obtain and maintain a fulfilling relationship with God. By providing an atmosphere where the youth are safe, comfortable and nurtured by a solid leadership team we can then train, equip and help them discover who God has called them to be.
Our Approach to Discipleship:
Our Junior/Senior Youth meetings at VYM take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday nights. (Grades 6 – 12) These meetings are open to youth in Junior High. All meetings are overseen by our Youth Director AJ Cordero. There are also several youth leaders present in our meetings, who assist in many aspects of leadership as well.
Our Highest Priority at VYM is sound preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
Since “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans10:17) the youth must sit under the teaching of the Word in order to grow in their faith. The youth are also highly encouraged to read their Bibles every day.
We also teach on the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts. Jesus says to His disciples in Acts 1:8, “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” This outpouring of the Holy Spirit was to empower the Church to do the work of the Kingdom of God. This power is for all Spirit-filled believers, including our youth! Therefore, we are zealous for the gifts that God has given us through the working of the Holy Spirit, and encourage them according to His Word.
Praise and Worship are taken very seriously and learning how to worship God in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) is taught as well. Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. Thus, praise and worship are a dynamic element in every Christian’s life and this is demonstrated and conveyed to the youth in every meeting, by our youth worship team.
The youth who have a desire to minister or feel a calling to the Christian ministry, I’ll be given many opportunities to evangelize and take part in team ministry outreaches. The youth are also encouraged to join the intercessory prayer group where they are further taught on prayer and intercession as well as evangelism.
Finally, we incorporate prayer and fellowship into our weekly meetings. We teach the youth the importance of having their own prayer lives. We also want them to know how to pray for others and receive prayer. Lastly, youth are youth and love to have fun! So we make sure there are plenty of activities, retreats and outings to meet their social needs.
Velocity Youth Ministries is committed to helping the youth of today in finding their destiny in God and achieving their dreams! We also incorporate annual youth retreats and events to help our kids grow spiritually while making memories and encouraging new friendships in the church.
Born and bred on Long Island, A.J. attended Comsewogue Senior High, where he met his beautiful wife, Lisa. Together, they have two kids, Cortney and Christian, both of whom have grown up in Velocity.
A.J. has worked as a Local 25 Electrician since the late 80’s. He also serves as a Deacon at Full Gospel and firmly believes that when you submit your life to God, little can be much in the hands of the Master.
John Anthony Joy