How is RE:GENERATION for Students different from the adult version of re:generation?
The student program is much shorter and is offered in sessions with defined start and finish dates. While re:generation can sometimes last around one year, the RE:GENERATION for Students program is only 10 weeks. This program is designed to offer a basic introduction to the steps of healing given to us by God through the Bible.
Can I register if I don't go to Watermark?
Yes! RE:GENERATION for Students is for anyone in grades 6-12 who is seeking God’s help with the brokenness in their life and is willing to do the work required by this 10-week program. If you’re ready to get well, you are welcome at RE:GENERATION for Students.
What happens at a typical RE:GENERATION for Students meeting?
Testimony and Teaching (30 minutes)
Most weeks begin with a testimony from a Step Group Leader or former participant followed by a time of teaching which outlines and explains one of the steps of healing given to us by God through the Bible.
Step Groups (60 minutes)
Step Groups are arranged by age and gender, and have up to 8 students led by 2 adult Step Group Leaders. In Step Groups, participants share what they are learning in book work as well as challenges or questions they are facing. This is a place for each participant to be known, accepted, and encouraged to continue walking the steps toward healing.
Throughout the week, participants complete a curriculum of 3 lessons per week and a “footprint” that serves as a marker for their progress toward healing. Lessons are designed to help students more fully understand the steps of healing given to us by God through the Bible. Each lesson is followed by an inspiring written testimony from a former participant. As an additional resource, “issue sheets” will be available to help students learn more about specific struggles.
Who is leading this program?
The Watermark staff member overseeing RE:GENERATION for Students is David Penuel. The program is led by a committed team of Watermark members who have completed re:generation and/or spent time serving with Watermark Students. Watermark requires all potential leaders who have expressed interest in working with students to complete the following steps before placement as a Step Group leader:
Step One: Screening Process
Leaders are required to complete an online application (with references) followed by a face-to-face interview. A leader must be an active member of Watermark before being eligible to serve in positions providing access to students.
Step Two: Criminal Background Check
Watermark requires that all leaders wishing to serve in RE:GENERATION for Students undergo a criminal background check.
Step Three: Policies & Procedures
Leaders are required to review our safety policies and procedures and sign a statement of acknowledgement and agreement indicating that he or she has read and understood the material, and agrees to comply with policy requirements.
How can parents or other trusted adults be involved?
Participants are required to bring at least one parent or trusted adult to the first meeting of the semester. During this orientation meeting, we will discuss best practices for supporting a student going through this program. Additional copies of the curriculum can be purchased at RE:GENERATION for Students meetings for $15 each. It is recommended that each participant enlist at least one parent or trusted adult to follow along with the curriculum and to encourage them as they engage in the work of recovery.
What results should I expect to see after participating in RE:GENERATION for Students?
This program does not promise a quick fix. Students who fully engage with the curriculum should expect to learn about love, goodness, and power of God and how to - over the span of a lifetime - daily walk the steps of healing given to us by God through the Bible.
How does RE:GENERATION for Students compare with other recovery programs?
This program does not offer licensed professional counselors, psychologists, or clinical diagnoses, therapies, treatments, or referrals. Students who fully engage with the curriculum should expect to discover that biblical and Christ-centered discipleship and community are fundamental building blocks for healing and recovery.
Are participants able to remain anonymous?
This program is not committed to strict confidentiality or anonymity. Students who participate should expect the church to follow the Bible’s guidance to care for them and take action as advocates for their healing, health, and safety.
We will notify the appropriate authorities (parent or guardian, law enforcement, etc.) immediately if we have any suspicion that a student is facing imminent danger or demonstrates a pattern of behavior that could endanger them in the future. (Matthew 18:5-6, Proverbs 31:8)
As required by law, we will report any allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. (Romans 13:1)
We will encourage students to submit to the authority of scripture and to share with others in the body of Christ as the Bible directs. For example, biblical practices like confession and making amends will call students to have conversations with people outside of this program. (1 Corinthians 12:25-27, James 5:16, Matthew 5:23-24, 1 John 1:7)
Can I participate in more than one session of RE:GENERATION for Students?
Yes! While the curriculum for each session will be the same, if a student finds this program helpful, they are welcome to register for a second or third session.