We desire to inspire the Next Generation to become fully alive in God by inviting and encouraging them to know, love and follow Jesus, by helping them build relationships in our faith community, and by giving them opportunities to live for the sake of others. It is also our desire to come alongside, support and encourage parents in their role as the primary spiritual nurturers of their child’s or student’s faith. We call this area Next Generation.

Welcome Next Kids and Next Youth! 

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Upcoming Next Generation Events

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Next Kids (Birth through 5th-grade)

Each Sunday your child will have the opportunity to hear the Big God story, respond to the Holy Spirit, and participate in a small group with others their age. Visitors check-in at the Kids kiosk on the lower level. 

Sundays, 10am

Register for Birth through 5th-grade Sunday programming

Youth Sunday Worship


Join us for the regular worship service in the Sanctuary with your friends, and make some new friends! Our hope for our students is that you become more fully involved in the life of the bigger church upstairs. This is YOUR CHURCH, too! You have a place here, and you are needed and welcomed here! 

Middle School and High School students sit in the section to the left of the stage as you come in, or you can sit with your family.

Sundays, 10am

Volunteer to serve our Kids at 10am

The younger kids (birth through 5th-grade) would love to have some older kids to hang out and learn from! Consider serving with our kids during the 10am service in a monthly rotation. Contact: Kids@thedoor.org

youth Sunday Classes


Sunday morning classes for middle school and high school students take place on second and third Sundays at the 9am hour, prior to our 10am service. Students gain a positive class experience, a community of friends, and tools for their growing faith.

E3 Class (6th - 8th Grade) 

Explore, Engage in and Embrace God's Word! Specifically through focusing on the primary themes of creation, fall, salvation and resurrection, this class is open to all middle school students.Walk-ins welcome. 

2nd & 3rd Sundays Oct - May, 9am

Next Youth Absolute Basics Class (9th & 10th grade) 

Engage with the foundational beliefs of Christianity and learn how to articulate and defend your faith to "the big questions." We believe it will be a life-changing experience for students as you learn how to follow Jesus!

2nd & 3rd Sundays Oct - Apr, 9am

Registration takes place each fall.

Next Youth: What’s Next? Class (11th & 12th grade) 

Juniors and Seniors in High School have a desire and need to prepare for what’s next, and we want to give them tools to build a solid foundation that will make the transition into college and beyond for a lifelong faith. In this class we will enter into questions like: How can I manage my life after High school? How can my struggles make my faith stick? How can I experience God on a regular basis? Based on the Sticky Faith research project by Dr Kara Powell and Brad Griffin, scripture, community and conversation will benefit your teen in this class as they move forward.

2nd & 3rd Sundays Oct - May, 9am

Registration takes place each fall.


Next Youth (6th through 12th-grade)

On Wednesday nights, our middle school and high school students engage in a variety of fun activities, Biblical teaching, worship time and small group discussions. Students meet in groups with a volunteer team leader and 5-7 other students. Once a month Nov - May, groups go out to various Service Environments in our community to assist people and organizations in need. 
Contact: Youth@thedoor.org

School year Wednesdays, 7-8:45pm

Service Environments nights start at 6:15pm

Register for Next Youth Wednesdays

Waiver and Release (PDF)

Summer Wed Night Schedule 2019 (PDF)

Also, see events at top of this page. 

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Mission Trips

Hearts and minds are expanded when our students are exposed to more of what God is doing in the world around us. Each summer, we partner with several outstanding ministries in the USA, around the globe, and in our own backyard to offer short-term mission trips for youth who are ready to explore living for the sake of others. 

Stay tuned for more information. Contact: Youth@thedoor.org

Summer Trips

Next Gen Youth Wilderness Adventure Trip

This Wilderness Trip in Ely, MN will give students (entering 11th-grade to completed 12th-grade) space to unplug from the pressures of life that are causing anxiety, a chance to participate in outdoor experiences that will stretch them, and personal faith and growth tools that will help center them when they come back to the challenges of life.  Leaders will be Kathy Collier and Jason Dyer. Contact: Kathy at kcollier@thedoor.org.


Trip dates: Sat, Jun 15- Fri, Jun 21

Registration closed. Please pray for the students and leaders on this trip! 

Next Youth 2019 AWOL

Students completing 7th-grade through completing 12th-grade are invited to leave home, camp with us, and serve on our "A Work of Love" mission trip. AWOL is an opportunity for students to serve and love our neighbors at the Dayton Mobile Home Park by leading a Vacation Bible School and fun activities for kids in Dayton, building community. Then we go back to our camp site where we connect and have a blast as a trip team as well. We hope your students will prayerfully consider leading and serving with us! 
Please note important dates. Contact: Sonia at smalmquist@thedoor.org

REQUIRED Parent/Student Mtg: Sun, Jun 23, 11am-12pm
REQUIRED VBS Team Training: Thurs, July 18, 11:30am-4pm
AWOL Trip: July 21-26
Community Picnic at Mobile Hope Dayton: Thurs, Jul 25 (all families welcome)

Cost: $160
Register by Jun 1


You are not alone! We provide opportunities for parents to connect with other parents and to be encouraged and equipped to raise their children as followers of Christ.

There is so much out there telling you how to raise or not raise your children. We have recommended resources to help you in your parenting experience. We also have online and take-home resources for our Kids Sunday curriculum. Contact: Amanda | ext 1703

Also, visit some of our parenting groups on Facebook. 

Open Door Moms Facebook Group

Next Generation Parenting Group


Check out the many opportunities to serve our kids, youth, and families on the Serve page.