About JK Students
Does that stand for Just Kidding?
JK Students exists to shape the lives of Jr. & Sr. High students to lead lives that reveal God's grace
What are the things that are important to us?
JK Students operates under the same values as the church. Like the greater body of John Knox, we also value: worship, faith integration, meaningful relationships, strengthening families, life-long learning, calling and vocation and the arts. Because of the context of our ministry to Jr. and Sr. High students, we also have some values that are important to us in our specific context. They are:
Truth is not an abstract concept or something to make mental ascent to. Truth is found and known in the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:6) . Jesus is the starting point of everything we do and value. To know Jesus is to know truth. Jesus has the power to set us free from the tyranny of sin and death. He sets us free to live lives that matter. (John 10:10) .
Purpose seems to be an elusive thing these days. What should I do with my life? What is my purpose? We believe that life’s purpose is found in modeling our life’s purpose after Jesus in Mark 10:45 “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give Himself a ransom for many.” When we live selfish lives, life closes in on us and ultimately makes us miserable human beings. If we learn to live self-less and outward focused lives, then life opens up and expands and we live lives that are full of purpose and beauty. There are many things we can do with our lives; it is ultimately whether we start with a position of self or others. We want to be people who are learning to live outward focused, expanding lives.
Life’s meaning is ultimately found in a relationship with Jesus and with others. Accumulating wealth, possessions and experiences outside of a relationship with Jesus brings no meaning and is ultimately meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:2) . We want to be counter-cultural in our pursuit of meaning. We want to be people who pursue Jesus first.
We cling to the hope that God is working out His plan for us and for the world. There are reasons for despair and for hope in this world; you will find what you are looking for. We want to look for, find and cling to the hope that God is working all things together for His glory. Our best days are not behind us. This hope in God is an anchor for our souls, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19a) .
For us, church is not just a disconnected crowd of people who attend public programs together. Our ideal is a dynamic balance that we call “mission through community,” believing that mission is essential to community, and community to our mission. This balance takes time, effort and vulnerability. But how can people experience the rich life God intends for them unless they are connected with others: serving and being served, challenging and being challenged, giving and receiving forgiveness, teaching and being taught, giving and receiving, failing and being encouraged and offering encouragement to fellow strugglers? How can people experience the “life to the full” offered by Christ if they never laugh and cry and work and communicate and forgive one another in a dynamic community of faith?
We want to be real, honest, and genuine, in our people and in our programs. We want more than slick productions and nice appearances; we want to encourage people to be authentic with God and one another. This value means we don’t hide our rough edges and struggles. We know that we all stumble every day in many ways — and so we encourage one another to “fall in the light” — to readily admit our mistakes, not to hide or try to cover them up. Sometimes, a sense of humor helps us to avoid taking ourselves and our mistakes so seriously — so we can take the amazing grace of God more seriously. Along with authenticity, we pursue integrity — morally, and relationally. We want the genuine quality and integrity of our lives to honor Christ and make a difference in the world.