Our Mission is to present students as mature believers in Christ.
The concept of presenting believers as mature in Christ is one that is found throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s ministry. (Colossians 1:28) We understand that students will not be perfect, or even completely mature in Christ during this lifetime. However, we want to see them begin to make steps toward maturity in Christ during the essential years of Middle and High School.
So what does it mean for a student to be mature in Christ? We believe that Jesus taught that there are three elements of someone who is becoming a mature believer.
They Love God – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” –Matthew 22:37
When someone encounters the love of Christ, that paid the debt caused by their sins, the only sufficient response is one of love for their savior.
They Love People – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:39
When someone loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all of they heart, soul, and mind, they begin to view others around them in the same way that Jesus does. This perspective changes our lives and causes us to love and serve others instead of ourselves.
They Make Disciples – “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.”
The call to follow Christ is always a call to make disciples. We believe that this is true for every believer, including students. Therefore, we want to equip them to not only share their faith with others, but also be disciples that reproduce disciples.
Sunday Morning Bible Study takes place in the Warehouse at 9:40 a.m. We meet in the auditorium for announcements of upcoming events and pray together as a student ministry. Then, we dismiss to separate Middle and High School Bible Studies.
Our Middle School students meet together for the Bible Study lesson, then break into grade based small groups for discussion. The curriculum is used with Middle School students is “Think Orange, XP3 for Middle School.” This curriculum is practical and relational. It covers a variety of the basics of following Christ.
The High School students are broken up into grade-based groups for the Bible Study. The High School students use a curriculum that is produced by Youth Ministry 360 entitled, “The Jesus Studies.” This curriculum is comprised of 16 different four-week studies. Each of the studies focuses on what Jesus teaches about a specific issue. Two examples of this are: “Jesus and Stress” and “Jesus and Identity.” This curriculum challenges students by giving excellent, practical examples of how to live out biblical truths in their daily life.
“Impact” is our midweek gathering for Middle and High School students. We meet at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Warehouse. Impact looks different from week to week, but consists of a balance of fun, worship, and Bible Study. This fall at Impact we are walking through the book of James. James is one of the most practical books in Scripture, and we hope to challenge and encourage students to live out their faith through the biblical truths that are found in James.
High School Discipleship Group (D-Group)
D-Group is a Bible study for students who want to go deeper in their walk with Christ. This fall at d-group, we are answering questions that are presented by our own high school students. So how does this work? Students are provided with index cards, at d-group, to write down any questions that they have about the Christian faith. They are able to submit these questions anonymously. Then, the leaders will focus on one question per week. These questions will be answered through a biblical, Scriptural worldview. D-Group is located at the Pate’s home and begins at 7 p.m. Contact Trey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.