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Middle School Ministry Team 9:15 Middle School Guys: Steve Martin, Randy Littleton, Shawn Callahan, and Brett McEwin 9:15 Middle School Girls: Cindy O'Dell, Julie Littleton, Kim Lolley, and Amanda Miller 10:45 Middle School Guys: Daniel Davis, Richard Ward, and Bryan Hill 10:45 Middle School Girls: Lori Goodwin, Liz Birdsong, and Melissa Vonderau
Getting to Know You Name School Parents/Family
94% of "Christian" students are leaving the church after high school never to return. Josh McDowell, The Last Christian Generation, 2006
What Happened? Student ministry focused on pizza and games at the expense of Biblical teaching. Students never embraced the Gospel and relied on the faith of their parents instead of having their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Students did not have a Gospel worldview, and their faith fell apart when it was questioned in college, Students never saw modeled a faith that impacted real life.
Relationship-Driven "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." - John 1:14a (ESV)
Relationship-Driven Students grow in their relationship with Jesus. Students grow closer to each other through Christian community. Students grow close to a team of caring adults that want to encourage them in their walk with Jesus.
Intentional Relationships for Supporting Students' Spiritual Growth Parents Youth Ministers Sunday School/Small Group Leaders Prayer Partners Adapted from Richard Ross, Student Ministry and the Supremacy of Christ, 2009
Gospel-Centered "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." - Luke 24:27 (ESV)
Gospel-Centered Gospel is the focus of Biblical teaching. Gospel is the key to following Jesus. Jesus is the Hero of the Bible. Gospel drives Christians to live on mission for Jesus and His kingdom.
Mission Focused "And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'" - Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
Mission Focused Every student is called to be a missionary for Jesus wherever they are. Campus- First Priority and FCA Community- Student Serve World- Mission Trips
Student Ministry Strategy "And they devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." - Acts 2:42 (ESV)
Student Ministry Strategy- Apostle's Teaching (Bible Study) Sunday School Student Small Groups Wednesday Student Worship
Student Ministry Strategy- Fellowship and Service Middle School Hang Outs Student Serve Saturdays First Priority or FCA on Campus
Student Ministry Strategy- Prayer Student Prayer Time
Weekly Schedule- Sunday Church- 9:15 AM and 10:45 AM Service in the Worship Center Sunday School- 9:15 AM and 10:45 AM in the Annex Ministry Teams/Hangout- 5:00 PM in the Annex Student Small Groups- 6:00 PM in the Annex
Weekly Schedule- Wednesday Student Prayer Time- 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM in the Prayer Room Student Ministry Worship- 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM in the Annex
Teaching Material- Sunday School YM360's Elements Topical study of important biblical truths such as: grace, God's love, holiness, God's judgment, stewardship, evangelism, and discipleship. Three week studies: 1. OT View/Character of God, 2. NT View/Jesus Fulfills, 3. Life Application Family/Student Devotions
Teaching Material- Small Groups Multiply by Francis Chan Intentional discipleship material covering the following themes: Living as a Disciple Maker, Living as the Church, How to Study the Bible, Understanding the Old Testament, and Understanding the New Testament Material is available for free online at
Regular Events- Middle School Hang Outs Saturday Evening Fellowships from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Most Months Usually at a Host Home Bring $4 for Pizza and Snacks If you are interested in hosting a Middle School Hang Out, please let me know.
Regular Events- Student Serve Events Service Projects for Students Opportunity to Invest in People and Ministries in Our Community Quarterly Opportunities
Upcoming Events Student Ministry DNow- August 9th-11th Promotion Sunday- August 18th Student Wednesday Worship Begins- August 21st Ministry Teams/Student Small Groups Begin- August 25th
Big Events Student Winter Retreat- January 18th-20th, 2014 Student Ministry Mission Trip- Atlanta March 23rd- 28th, 2014 Student Life Camp- Summer 2014 Church-Wide Mission Trip- Summer 2014 Student Ministry International Mission Trip (High School Only)- Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic- Summer 2014
No Prank/Bullying Policy We have zero tolerance for bullying in student ministry. If you are caught bullying on a youth trip, you will be sent home and banned from youth events for a year. If you are caught bullying on the final day of a youth trip, you will be banned from all youth events for a year and a half. If your students are having any issues, please let me know so that I can help.
Chaperones for Trips Our goal is to take existing leaders who are currently investing in the lives of our students as chaperones nd leaders on trips. We also take parents as chaperones if we have additional chaperone spots. Please let me know if there is ever an event that you would like to chaperone.
Communication Wednesday Morning Weekly Parent 24 Hour Response During the Week Ben likes to communicate via , Facebook, and on the phone. Do not feel bad about calling Ben on his cell phone. Best Place for Student Ministry Info:
Student Ministry Release Forms Required for every student ministry event. Must be notarized. Forms expire every year.