Luke 8: 5-8
5"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown."
Luke 8 tells the story of the Sower and the seed. This story illustrates the importance of having good soil in the body of Christ. The scripture points out to us that some seeds (people) are in bad areas or places in their lives, and if we are not careful to provide fertile soil, the seeds will be scattered and not grow. If the soil is not fertile, there is nothing to root them or, even worse, they will be suffocated by the thorns of life. Therefore there needs to be a place where all types of seeds have a chance to produce a crop regardless of their beginning.
This is why we, the Mt. Zion Youth Ministry, take on the name "The Greenhouse". A greenhouse is defined as a structure, primarily of glass, in which temperature and humidity can be controlled for the cultivation or protection of plants. Our new ministry name reflects the symbolic nature of a Greenhouse as we are charged with the awesome responsibility to cultivate and protect our youth by nurturing and tending to their needs of safety (salvation), food (Bible study), comfort, and growth.
The Greenhouse itself is used to grow plants, especially in the winter when everything else is dead. The glass panels of the Greenhouse lets in light but keeps heat from escaping; this provides everything that a seed needs to produce a crop in soil or a person's life. We the Mt. Zion Youth Ministry will become the Greenhouse.