T.N.T. Akron
Every Monday Night from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Open to Teens in Grade 6 – Grade 12


T.N.T (Teens Need Truth) Youth Ministry

The Vision of TNT Youth Ministry is to see the lives of young people transformed by the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. Our Mission is to work and serve along side the local schools and churches to reach out to the youth of our community.  TNT stands for Teens Need Truth. Youth have been listening to lies long enough. Christ offers the gift of TRUE life, and we want everyone to know about it.

TNT Youth Ministry began at Ephrata Mennonite Church, now Alive Church Ephrata, as a vision of outreach, acceptance, and discipleship for the youth of Ephrata. One evening in September of 2000, nearly 150 youth appeared in the EMC parking lot after they had been kicked out of the Cloister Shopping Center (a favorite hangout for teens). 

The congregation chose to welcome them, viewing it as an opportunity to minister rather than as a nuisance.  Since then, God has continued to bless the ministry in many ways. The name “TNT Youth Ministries” (Thursday Night Thing) was chosen for the outreach because it began as a hangout night on Thursday evenings. The goal was to break down the walls of pain and hurt by sharing Christ’s love with the youth. The ministry soon expanded to Bible studies, retreats, Concerts, serving in the local schools. Because it is no longer just a Thursday Night Thing.

TNT now stands for “Teens Need Truth.”

The program vision has grown to encompass five areas hosted by the following congregations: Akron Community Church, Ephrata Church of the Brethren, Lititz Church of the Brethren, and Real Life Church of God.


Each of our youth center locations provide an evening of games, sports, hanging out, and having fun. You can play Dodge ball, throw football, play video games, or just hang out with friends. There is always snack and drinks available, time for sharing about God’s Love and how Jesus can change lives, and caring staff who love young people and want them to live full and healthy lives.


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