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POL and MB implement a simple Six-pillar strategy, which is divided under two categories: Evangelism and Discipleship.
Watch this video to see all Six Pillars in action!
Each of the three evangelism pillars is designed specifically for the proclamation of God's Word.
Each of the three Discipleship Pillars is designed to disciple, empower, and encourage every student to flourish in their relationship with God and to become leaders in their households, schools and communities.
Each week the gospel message reaches Oakland's youth, children, and families through various means of evangelism. This includes annual mass community outreaches such as Harvest Fest, Christmas Celebration, and the Community Easter Egg Hunt. The team also makes it a point to engage in street evangelism every Tuesday. Other outreaches include the new POL soccer ministry (click here for more info) as well as other special events.
2. Campus Clubs
Saving Lives in Campuses Everywhere (SLICE) is a 30-minute lunchtime program that the POL Directors hold weekly in junior high and high schools in Oakland, offering young people a "slice of pizza and a slice of life." Youth directors discuss relevant issues such as: depression, purity, drugs, gang violence, academic excellence, family matter, etc. which empower the youth of Oakland to a renewed hope and healing in their lives. MB has partnered with local churches and Kids Clubs to bring a faith based message to the children of Oakland's elementary schools. Each week during the school year hundreds of children get an opportunity to experience the love of Christ through the Kids Club program.
3. Weekly Services
Every week 100+ youth (ages 12-20) attend the Friday night program and another 100+ children (ages 3-11) attend the Saturday morning program. Youth and children escape for a couple of hours a week to a safe environment surrounded by supportive leaders and volunteers. Activities such as sports, games, as well as our recreation center are available to those who attend. Following the activity time, the youth/children receive a bold gospel message encouraging them to live for God. The service climaxes with an invitation to respond to the message. Our ministry owned buses transport the youth/children and their families from their neighborhood to the program. Youth and children are fed at each service.
The POL and MB program is unique in that over 400 visitations are made each week, with most of them occurring in the youth and children's homes. The home visitations allow the Youth and Children's Directors to build a powerful connection with youth/children and their families providing wisdom, counsel, and prayer. POL and MB leaders maintain their relationships with the youth through phone calls, text messages, Facebook, etc. Every week the team initiates over 200 phone calls. Once a month every district holds a small group Bible study in the various neighborhoods. These small groups consist of 3-10 youth who meet to discuss the topic of the month taken from the discipleship packets created by the POL directors.
5. Fellowship Groups
Youth and children are taught practical ways to apply Friday/Saturday's message to their everyday lives enabling them to take ownership of their faith. Classes are offered for new believers and for those who are more mature in their faith. New believers participate in a powerful water baptism service where the youth testify before their peers of the change the Lord has brought to their lives.
6. Leadership Camps
Every four months a Leadership Camp is held to equip selected youth and older children in leadership skills based upon biblical principles. The youth and children are encouraged to embrace all God has called them to be. For many of he youth and children, this camp represents their first trip outside of Oakland. Our camps include powerful day sessions, intimate prayer and worship, day and evening devotion services, and fellowship. After completing this training these leaders can be found teaching and assisting in the following: fellowship groups, monthly small group Bible studies, campus clubs, evangelism, visitations, and volunteering for the POL and MB main services.