RYAA is a non-denominational, Christ-centered youth development organization. We seek to create an open atmosphere where youth and families can dialog and explore their own faith in context of the community. We welcome churches and individuals to openly share their faith with our participants. Participation in our programs is open to all, regardless of faith or religious affiliation, and participants may opt-out of any component of our programs they are not comfortable with.
The following Statement of Faith attempts to describe the faith that we try to live out and build in the community.
We recognize the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, as inspired of God. We submit ourselves to carrying out our mission under this authority and seek to apply biblical principles to all facets of human aspiration and action.
We affirm that the Church is a unit with many parts, forming one body (1 Cor. 12:12). The Church is the body of the followers of Jesus, inclusive of persons of all cultures, races and nationalities. We value and unite with local congregations in establishing the Kingdom of God and carrying out the work of Jesus.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that people are created in the image of God. We believe people are created to love and to be loved. We also believe that humanity is fallen, and Jesus died and rose in order to save humanity. Humans are incapable of holiness, perfect love, or understanding salvation without the sacrifice of Jesus and the internal presence of the Holy Spirit.