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"Tradition is the living faith of the dead; Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living."


- Jaroslav Pelikan
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CTS is a member of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA

Youth & Family

Youth Ministry at CTS strives to nurture youth in their faith journey so that in knowing the ways of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, they can participate in the work of God.

We strive to provide an open, safe, and nurturing environment where young people can explore their relationship with God and each other from where they are. We emphasize the importance of prayer, worship, community service and fun in their faith journey.

Why Youth & Family Ministry?

Youth Ministry isn’t just about youth anymore!!!

At CTS, we don’t believe that youth are the church of tomorrow. They are a vibrant part of the living, breathing Body of Christ that we call the church. We don’t minister to them in a vacuum; rather, we cultivate a healthy, nurturing family environment in which they can discover their spiritual identity. That includes their biological family as well as their church community.

That’s why we emphasize not only Sunday School, Confirmation and other events, but also participation in worship and mentorship by other adults. And we recognize that parents need help dealing with all of the exciting new things that happen in a teenager’s life as well as how to foster nurturing, faith-filled homes. In our Sheepdogs forum, parents can share conversation on issues they are facing.

“Every child deserves at least one or two full-time youth ministers…

Their names are Mom and Dad.”

– Pastor Charlie Kurtz