Ground Zero is a place where every teenager can go, belong and grow. Through life-changing experiences and nurturing relationships, we make a positive impact in the lives of today’s teenagers, cultivating their faith and transforming their futures.
We do this through a three-part, integrated approach:
This weekly interactive experience is at the core of what Ground Zero is all about — building relationships! GZi is a high-energy gathering where teens can hang with their friends, grab dinner in Top Nosh (for free!), get a coffee at the Ground Zero Coffee Shop, play video games and be entertained by a DJ or performer. During the experience, teens also hear from a speaker and engage in group discussion about a relevant topic or issue they face (think school, relationships, family, life and more!). Open to all middle and high school students, GZi is the place to be each week, a place where teenagers can belong and grow in a supportive, fun environment.
Our signature Ground Zero events are high-energy entertainment experiences that teenagers won’t be able to stop talking about. We bring together nationally known bands, artists, performers, athletes and entertainers and create unforgettable environments where teenagers can have a fun, positive day or night out with friends. Open to the community and targeted toward middle and high school students, iEvents are perfect for youth groups or individuals looking for a hyped-up experience and world-class entertainment in the heart of Myrtle Beach.
iCommunity is how we intentionally reach out to our community, serving where needed and reaching areas of our city that might not have easy access to Ground Zero events or facilities. This includes partnering with other local organizations to meet specific needs, connecting the community and our students to resources we don’t directly offer, reaching out to other neighborhoods through events and ministries and offering afterschool support and tutoring. This also includes the Your Year program, where we help juniors and seniors bridge the gap between high school and what comes next by plugging them into churches and ministries outside of Ground Zero, developing their leadership skills and connecting them to resources as they make decisions for life beyond school.
iGrow is a weekly immersive experience that gives teenagers a way to connect more deeply to God. To be part of iGrow, students sign a covenant and commit to each other, their own personal growth and the group. iGrow is open to any student who wants to understand Scripture better and discover what God’s Word has to say about their lives. iGrow members also have additional opportunities to bond and have fun together during organized group functions, social events and fun outings.
iWeekend are one-day weekend events or overnight retreats that help teenagers strengthen their relationships with God and others in an unforgettable environment. iWeekends feature engaging teaching, high-energy activities and memorable faith-defining moments as students get away from daily life and go deeper in their faith. iWeekend takes community to the next level as students grow in god alongside each other.
iGroups give students the chance to go deeper in relationship as part of a consistent, dedicated small group. iGroups are communities where teens can make friends, build safe relationships and navigate faith and life together. Groups might participate in Bible study together, go on fun outings or just hang out together. iGroups are all about helping students connect with each other and with mentors who care about them and encourage them.
iLeaders provides structured opportunities for students to serve God and others by being part of Ground Zero. By serving on one of the leadership teams at Ground Zero, like production, coffee shop or Top Nosh, or by going out to their school campuses to lead outreach and ministry groups, students are given real responsibilities and get to play a critical role in shaping the ministry. iLeaders learn practical and professional skills while taking ownership of a ministry and making a difference in the lives of others. *Students must be part of iGrow to get involved with iLeaders.
iServe provides students with opportunities to serve others locally, nationally and internationally. Whether serving regularly at a local soup kitchen, participating in community projects or traveling to an orphanage in another country, iServe empowers teens to make a difference and sparks an interest in service and missions that will carry throughout adulthood.