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Each letter in the word “GRIP” represents one of our pillars:


G – Gospel

Sharing the Life-Changing Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Gospel is the cornerstone of everything we do at GRIP. Our goal is to do ministry just as Jesus did, with love, compassion, humility, and an unrelenting commitment to spreading the Gospel of Truth. It is our hope that this commitment will help lead many youth into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)

R – Relationships

Building Life-on-Life, God-Glorifying, Disciple-Making Relationships

Building biblical relationships based on honesty, trust, and love is vitally important to accomplishing our mission. We believe that the real impact of GRIP’s ministry takes place outside the walls of our programs, when youth and volunteer mentors are walking life together. We know it is essential for youth to hear what the Scripture teaches about how to live, but we also believe they need to see firsthand what living a gospel-centered life looks like. This is why we are committed to equipping our staff and volunteers with the training they need to be godly examples to students. (Matthew 28:18-20)

I – Immersion

Plugging Youth into the Word of God & into the Community of God

We believe that the Word of God is essential for the sustenance and growth of our faith and the faith of youth. “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

In addition, plugging young believers into local churches is another vital component of our ministry. We aspire to see youth become vibrant, growing participants within the local church body, where solid teaching and the support of many God-honoring men and women will surround them. We believe that immersion and participation in the local church is an essential step in the transformational process of learning to serve God and others. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

P – Prayer & Preparation

Praying as Our First Call of Action

GRIP is God’s ministry and we believe it is our responsibility to seek His will in everything we do. We are also committed to praying regularly for the spiritual growth and protection of all our staff, volunteers, and youth. (Philippians 4:6-7)

We also desire to provide youth with the practical life skills they will need as adults. GRIP is committed to providing programs that will teach youth how to read, work, communicate, and lead so they can be effective contributors to their communities, jobs, churches, and families. (Proverbs 12:14)