In 2014 two separate youth groups existed at Solidarity, one in the Garnet neighborhood and the other in the Maple neighborhood. The two groups were brought together due to transitions in leadership. The first few months of Merge were tense. Two groups, from two different neighborhoods, with different rival gangs were expected to come together as one spiritual family. It wasn't until the Merge community went away to camp together that God began to break down the line that was drawn between the two groups. Merge is a Monday night youth church that is guided by four main values: Presence, Family, Words of Life, and Honest Stories.
The first step in deep discipleship has come through the art of mentoring. Through IMPACT, our leadership development program, mentors from local Fullerton churches are matched up with youth and young adults from the Maple and Garnet neighborhoods. It is in these mentoring relationships where spiritual conversations start to stir and the youth are invited into deeper discipleship.