By: Jamie Brace | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008
DRIVEN youth ministry meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9.
Ricky Burke, as his peers at Claremore High School called him 30 years ago, is now known as Pastor Rick. After more than 20 years of serving as a youth pastor in other states, he’s back home to stay. Rick felt God’s call to return and make a difference in people’s lives at Cedar Point Church in Claremore.
Cedar Point is just over a year old and is experiencing phenomenal growth. “Our church may be different from what you imagine,” said Pastor Rick. “If you stop by Sunday morning, don't expect to see perfection or people who have it all together. We simply want to serve God and make our world better. At the end of the day, we all need Jesus to help us in life.”
Rick’s goal, along with the other pastors of Cedar Point, is to make a real difference in the community and deliver a meaningful message to individuals in all seasons of life.
Young people in particular are a strong focus of the church, as Pastor Rick and the other members of the team have extensive experience in youth ministry. “Our youth program is called DRIVEN, because we want the kids to constantly think about what is driving them,” said Rick.
The college and young adult ministry The Well meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (L to R) Mike Labrico, Kris List, Ben List and Josh Bold.
Cedar Point also has a program called Kidzlife that allows pastors to share spiritual information with children, as well as provide to parents material that will help reinforce what the kids have learned in church. “Parents are the greatest influence in the lives of their children,” explained Jesse Martin, children’s pastor. Kidzlife meets Sunday mornings during adult worship.
The church believes that God has a significant message for teens: He loves them and can speak to them through their present-day youth culture. Meeting Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., the pastors work hard to create an atmosphere that teens will enjoy and want to bring their friends to. “At this time in their lives, they just want to know that they belong,” said Forrest Coulter, associate pastor.
With the fastest-growing college in the state located in Claremore, a great opportunity exists for the church to reach people who are beginning to make important life decisions. “I can remember being at that stage of my life. The greatest transition for me was how the faith that had belonged to my parents was starting to become my own,” said Pastor Rick. “I was searching for something to help me through difficult times. That’s why we have The Well, a place for our college students and young career men and women to connect with others making the same journey.”
Members of Cedar Point Church are referred to as partners, and they are able to make special ties through life groups. Life groups meet throughout the week in various homes, allowing partners to grow, find fellowship, and minister to each other’s needs. “The life groups are a way to remain intimate as we experience growth on Sunday mornings,” said Rick. It is where partners can do what he calls the “one anothers”: love one another, serve one another, accept one another, encourage one another, and pray for one another.
Are you looking for a church that does things differently? Are you trying to find a simple church in a complex world, where you can get real answers to real questions? Cedar Point meets in the shopping center on Route 66 Sundays at 10 a.m. “Come as you are and let God do the rest,” said Pastor Rick. For more information, go online to www.cedarpointchurchonline.com.
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(L to R) Ken Wilson, Mark Enix and Pastor Rick enjoy a summer social.
Children attend Kidzlife during Sunday morning worship.