Growing the Next Generation
We never want students to view ministry as something they come to in order to simply receive. The Bible teaches that ministry in the church is something in which Christians serve and are served. In light of this, we desire to teach students the value of the local church along with the value of serving in the local church. A key element to our Wednesday Night environment is our student leaders. Each semester (Fall & Spring) a team of high school students assists in leading the weekly ministries and in planning a student ministry event. These student leaders are also connected with one of our adult leaders for the purpose of discipleship.
Everything we do in our student ministry is anchored to the teachings of the Bible. This is especially true in the various teaching opportunities we provide to students. On Wednesday Nights our teaching covers everything from walking through books of the Bible to looking at topical issues that students face to teaching through the overarching story of the Bible. We never want to just pump information into students; the goal is to equip and encourage students to apply the truth of Scripture to their lives. In most cases, what is taught on Wednesday Nights is discussed more in depth on the following Sunday in LIFE Class; this approach enables us to streamline the teaching and focus on learning a few things with application rather than learning a bunch of things without application.
Lovepractically meeting emotional, relational, and spiritual needs of our students
Instructionteaching students the Word of God and how it applies to their daily lives
Fellowshipcreating a community of relationships in which truth is caught and taught
Evangelismreaching out to others w/the gospel of Jesus Christ
Role of Parents and Families
Scripture is clear that parents have been given the joy and responsibility of raising their students in the ways of Jesus. Scripture is also clear that parents are not alone in this; the church has a responsibility to encourage and equip parents. As students experience both pain and joy in life, the partnership between parents and the church can help students see their lives in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Role of The Student Ministry
We want to come alongside parents as they take the lead in the spiritual development of their students. It is our hope to equip, encourage and minister to families by providing resources and opportunities that help them worship and learn together.
The hope of the student ministry is to partner with parents. Below are just a few ways that we can get the ball rolling in this area, but this is just a start for us. We want to continue to grow in this area of defining our partnership more clearly.
1. Come to a ministry environment
This includes Wednesday nights, LIFE Class, or one of our ministry events. See the calendar for more info.
2. Serve in the church together
There are a number of opportunities throughout the year for parents to serve the church and community alongside their son or daughter. This could mean everything from being involved in one of our mission projects to being a LIFE Class teacher or adult leader.
3. Utilize Family Resources
We have a list of recommended books for students and their parents to help point you towards the Lord together.
There are two primary resources that I would like to point you to, but I would encourage you to look into the other books mentioned below.
1. The Center for Parent and Youth Understanding (cpyu.org)
This is a great website to learn more about youth
culture and how to biblically engage that culture.
2. Apparent Privilege by Steve Wright.
This book will serve you well in knowing how to
influence your children for the glory of God.