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 their 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.” – Matthew 28:19-20
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 9:40AM. 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 the basics of the faith and the Metanarrative of Scripture.
“Impact” is our midweek gathering for Middle and High School students. We meet at 7PM in the auditorium of the Warehouse. Impact looks different from week to week but consists of a balance of fun, worship, and Bible Study.
If you have any questions about our student ministry, please contact Pastor Rich Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org.