Our Student Ministry, which is open to 7th to 12th graders, shares the same purpose and values as our broader church family. Specifically, we exist “to reflect God’s infinite worth through Christ, for the glory of his name and the good of all peoples.” And likewise, we value the gospel, community, and mission.
Understandably, then, this purpose and these values shape our goals for the Student Ministry, which are summarized in the following statement: Working alongside parents, who are the primary disciplers of their children, we want the students in our care to:
- Turn from their sin and run to Jesus as their Savior and King
- Grow in their relationship with the triune God
- Love and invest in the local body of believers who make up Bethel Baptist Church
- Proclaim the gospel to those who don’t know Jesus
We recognize that we don’t have the capability to accomplish these goals in our own strength. But God does! Therefore, we want to work toward them, all the while praying that God would graciously make them a reality. And we do this through four primary means:
Our Student Ministry is committed to partnering with parents in the discipleship of their children, and we aim to do so by spending time together and through regular communication about the Student Ministry.
We also value gospel community within our Student Ministry, so we’re intentional about reaching out to students on a regular basis and providing opportunities for our students to grow together.
We meet on Sundays (September through June) from 9-10:15 AM. This year, we’ll be teaching on various topics, many of which were suggested by the students, and seeing what God has to say about them in the Bible. Some of these topics include: gospel identity, friendship, forgiveness, and obedience & pride.
The Student Ministry also meets on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM.* We start off as a large group and then break up into small groups to discuss and apply the topic from the previous Sunday.