Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage
Becoming an Adult in the Community


Rite of Passage is a 10 month program which provides participants with a Christian cultural experience bridging youth to adulthood.  Canyon Community Church is committed to prepare, encourage, embrace, and support participants during this process as youth, and as adults upon completion, (…until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ. Eph.4:13)

Rite of Passage is for youth, 15 1/2 -19 years of age. During these months the candidate will experience:

  • The opportunity to participate in Kingdom experiences representative of a healthy Christian adult life (Heb. 5:14 –But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.)
  • A supportive, caring environment (1Thes. 5:11 – Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.)
  • The opportunity to develop adult community relationships with a mentor and other Christian adults. (Eph. 2:19-22 – …in whom you are being build together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.)
  • Growth in their knowledge of scripture and fundamental Christian theology. (2Tim 14-17… so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work)
  • An opportunity to share a faith experience before a body of believers (1Pet. 3:15 – …but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hears, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…)
  • Specific separation experience (Mark 6:31-32- and He said to them, come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest awhile…)
  • The opportunity to publically commit to faith and practice as an adult (Ps. 22:22, 1Pe. 2:9- …so that you may proclaim his the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;)
  • A father’s blessing before the community (Gen. 5:2, 27:29, 49:28, Deut.33:1, Mark 1:11 – you are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased)
  • Community reunion, acceptance, and ceremony for a specific milestone experience (Psa. 118:24 – This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!)
Rite of Passage Requirements:

In order to participate in the Rite of Passage Ceremony, the candidate must complete the following requirements:

  • Personal commitment to participate in the 10-month program.
  • Selection of a mentor
  • 18 week Abundant Life Study
  • 4 week inductive study of Titus
  • 5 days Christian service
  • Baptism
  • 10-15 minute presentation before the body of CCC
  • Night of Separation
For more information contact:

Elder Ed Pentico ed@canyoncc.org, 619.470-7809
Or Elizabeth Batchman, elizabeth@canyoncc.org,  619.889-2366