CYN Philosophy of Missions
Our desire is to plant, partner, and network indigenized expressions of Christian youth ministry that fit naturally into their environment without compromising the Gospel message. The characteristics of an indigenized ministry are four-fold; they are:
Self-governed with local leaders acting as significant players in the decision making processes of the ministry
Self-supported; being financially independent enough to ensure the ministry's long term financial stability apart from outside assistance
Self-propagating with local leaders in the forefront proficiently evangelizing and promoting the ministry's cause within the context of its own community
Contextualized, expressing themselves in ways that are culturally meaningful
CYN CORE VALUES
To further the cause of Christian missions with excellence with faithfulness to biblical principles, all directors, officers, staff, and volunteers shall agree with the following core values:
1. We will hold fast to a cross-cultural emphasis
2. We will engage in partnerships
3. We will develop indigenous organizations
4. We will develop biblical strategies for growth
5. We will observe the highest standards of stewardship over all the resources placed in this organization's trust
6. We seek to develop spiritually mature leaders
7. We will develop leadership pipelines
8. We will make healthy mission agency/field staff relationships a priority
CYN Statement of Faith
People participating in the mission of the Caribbean Youth Network shall agree with its desire to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All directors, officers, staff, and volunteers shall be in agreement with the following Statement of Faith.
1. That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God, and that they are the supreme authority on all matters of faith and conduct.
2. In God, the loving Creator who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. That God created Adam and Eve, they sinned, and as a result, all people are born into a sinful state. Humankind is born guilty before their Creator. The consequences of sin are physical and spiritual death, otherwise known as separation from God. Human beings can do nothing on their own to merit the favor of God or reconcile themselves to God.
4. Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as an atoning and substitutionary sacrifice. On the third day, according to the Scriptures, he rose bodily from the dead. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, continuing to rule as Lord over all and interceding for us as our Great High Priest.
5. All who believe in Jesus Christ are justified and adopted into His family on the ground of His life of perfect righteousness and death on the cross. By the grace of God, believers are restored into a right relationship with God and granted eternal life, thus having assurance of salvation.
6. That the Holy Spirit renews our hearts, compelling us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. The Holy Spirit operates in the sanctification of believers and empowers Christians for service in furthering the Kingdom of God.
7. That Christ established a visible church, which under the Spirit and Word, has been summoned to preach the Gospel, disciple believers, administer the sacraments, to relieve human need, and to strive for social justice.
8. That God’s redemptive plan will be consummated by the bodily return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all men, and establish His glorious kingdom.