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Our Four Key Ministry Principles
1. We are Non-sectarian. In obedience to Jesus Christ, we love, and do not proselytize, because “love… does not insist on its own way” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
2. We are Patient. We believe coercion obstructs conversion. In other words, hurt people need healing space.
3. We are Unpretentious. We honor difficult questions without shock and shaming. It seems when there’s room to doubt, it becomes possible to believe.
4. We Believe Evangelism Happens “Inside-Out.” The gospel spreads outward as we allow it to sink deeper inward. Thus we strive to become humble, healthy people of God—together—for the sake of others. The Body of Christ.
The chapel program provides pastoral care for our residents. This care provided by our chapel staff flows from three ongoing, intentional movements that necessarily feed one another:
Our Pastoral Care Has Three Distinct Movements:
1. The gift of loving PRESENCE: intentionally accompanying others on their journeys.
2. The gift of WITHDRAWAL for prayer: intentional time with God for the sake of others.
3. The gift of INTERCESSION: intentionally working and praying on behalf of others.
Deeply committed to these three movements in the Holy Spirit, chaplains live on campus, available not only to provide spiritual care in life crises, but also to offer mentoring, discipleship, and encouragement—praying with others, sharing God’s Word, and cheering at ball games.
As a Christ-centered chapel, we believe it is important for our students to hear the core Christian message believed on by the early church (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). So as an ongoing invitation to Christian faith in our unique setting, this Chapel Belief Statement serves as the touchstone of our weekly chapel services. You can read it by clicking here.
All children in our care attend a weekly chapel service on Sunday mornings as well as a home devotional or Sunday school class. Carefully built around our Four Key Ministry Principles, these weekly gatherings honor a true “Christ-centered atmosphere,” treating everyone as Jesus did — with love and dignity.
In addition to these weekly obligations, students are invited to participate in a lively array of optional chapel activities such as:
- Weekly youth groups
- Student praise band
- Service trips
- Sunset trail rides for prayer
We teach the core relationship model that Jesus embodied. In a world suffering from damaged relationships, we believe Jesus has revealed the central blueprint for healthy relationships when addressing the Greatest Commandment:
‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your Neighbor as your Self’ (Luke 10:27).
We all seem to cultivate relationships in three primary ways: talking, listening, and quiet presence together. When relating to God, we call these movements “prayer.”
Following our Four Key Ministry Principles, the chapel program introduces residents to these three primary aspects of prayer.
Three Aspects of Prayer:
1. Talking to another: Discursive prayer.
2. Listening to another: Scripture meditation.
3. Sharing quiet moments together without words: Contemplation.
Through teaching and guided experiences, our chapel program introduces residents to a deepening relationship with God through these primary modes of prayer in the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps the most powerful and important function of the chapel program is sowing the seed of God’s Word (Mark 4:13). In a time when youth ministry materials have become fancier and more abundant, we still believe the Bible is our true resource. So we structure our weeks at Boys Ranch around regular, consistent encounters with scripture — seed sowing.
How We Sow a Seed:
First, we prayerfully enter a sacred moment shaped by our Four Key Ministry Principles.
Next, we read scripture…prayerfully…and without additional clutter…
Then our voices stop.
We avoid getting marooned on our favorite soapboxes by following a disciplined 3-year cycle through scripture (the RCL). In this way, our students encounter a bigger, more complete picture of Jesus Christ through the Gospels. Honoring our Four Key Ministry Principles, each week’s Gospel reading links our weekly devotionals to our Sunday chapel service — seed sowing.