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.
We have worked hard to compile a comprehensive 7-year curriculum for our student ministry. This curriculum is comprised of several different Youth Ministry 360 series. The idea is that over the course of being in Impact Student Ministry for 7 years, students will cover all of the basics of the faith and the Metanarrative of Scripture. You will find the layout of this curriculum below.
6th Grade: YM 360 “Elements” Volumes 1 & 2
7th Grade: YM 360 “Elements” Volumes 3 & 4
8th Grade: YM 360 “Elements” Volume 5 & YM 360 “Jesus Studies”
YM 360 Elements is comprised of 25 different 3 weeks. Each series covers one foundation of the faith. Some examples of these studies include God’s Love, God’s Kingdom, and God’s Knowability.
YM 360 Jesus Studies is a curriculum that is made up of 4-week studies on how Jesus relates to various issues. These lessons include: Jesus and Our Identity, Jesus and Your Image, etc...
9th Grade: YM 360 “The Rescue” Parts 1 & 2
10th Grade: YM 360 “The Rescue” Parts 3-6
11th Grade: YM 360 “The Thread” Part 1 (Old Testament)
12th Grade: YM 360 “The Thread” Part 2 (New Testament)
YM 360 The Rescue traces the story of God rescuing and redeeming his people throughout Scripture.
YM 360 The Thread covers the Metanarrative of Scripture by covering every book of the Bible in order. This helps students to understand the big picture and make connections that simply cannot be made through other series.
We also supplement this base curriculum with several different age appropriate series that cover topics such as relationships, spiritual disciplines, and apologetics.
“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 year at Impact we will be walking through the book of Isaiah. In Isaiah 6:8 the Lord asks to Isaiah, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah responded by saying, “Here I am! Send me!” We believe that the Lord has called each and every believer to go any make disciples, but before that ever happens we must be available and say, “Here I am, SEND ME!” As we walk through the book of Isaiah we will see that he was simply a man who faced many different trials, but was called to be a faithful servant of the Lord that prepared the way for Jesus to come!
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 year at d-group we are focusing on equipping our high school students to share their faith. We are doing this by training them with the “3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide.” We believe that the gospel effectively shared and demonstrated in the context of relationships. The 3 Circles help to equip students to share the gospel within the context of the relationships that they have already build. While we know that it is essential for students to be trained in sharing their faith, we also understand that evangelism is better caught than taught. Therefore, one or two Sunday nights out of the month we take these high school students to do ministry in local parks. Many times this simply includes loving our community and inviting others to join us for a game of soccer or ultimate frisbee. As relationships are built in our community, more and more avenues are opened for the gospel to be shared.
D-Group is held at the Pate’s home and local parks on Sunday nights. It begins at 7 p.m. Contact Trey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.