Monday, August 31, 2009

Jasper Speaks:

We had a great time of fellowship and planning recent;y with the SMT (Student Ministry Team). For a while we have felt that God was calling us to move toward a more intentionally discipleship driven ministry. It has been a burden of our leadership team to create a ministry that helped student live out their faith with more consistency. We felt the need to move toward a clear process of ministry. We want our mission serving Jesus and make quality followers of Christ as He commanded us to do in the Great Commission to be clear.

With that in mind we have narrowed our purpose down to three words:


We know that one purpose of our group is to CONNECT students to God and each other. The open door to our ministry is our Wednesday night REALITY CHECK/REAL TIME event. Here junior and senior high students can come to a night of fellowship, worship and Bible study. We want to make this event one in which current students are challenged in their faith whilst feeling that they can invite their friends to a non-threatening place to hear about the love of Jesus. We also will continue with intentional fellowship events that will lead students to a greater level of accountability and friendship.

Next we want to encourage our students to GROW in their relationship with Jesus. This growth will be greatly fostered by our REAL LIFE SMALL GROUPS. In these groups students will have the chance to study the Bible while building accountability relationships with leaders and other students. We are excited at the many opportunities we have for small groups including: Sunday Morning Bible Study, Trek for junior highers, Journey for senior higher (both offered on Sunday evenings at 5:15PM) Real Time for junior highers on Wednesday nights, and our Senior High Girls Midweek Group meeting at the Ferguson home on Tuesdays at 6:30PM as well as our Senior High Guys Midweek Group meeting at the Behan home on Thursdays 6:30PM. We are praying that these groups will also each embrace a mission endeavor in which they will partner and serve together.

Finally, we want our students to GO. The mission endeavors for the small groups will be the ongoing mission emphasis of our group and we pray that along with full group mission events (like our summer mission trips) students will gain a greater burden to serve the world for Christ. We want, however, for our students to also GO into their own world every day and live for Christ. We want to encourage them to missional living where they are, sharing their love for Christ with those around them every day. We want them to be authentic in their faith and we pray that connecting and growing will lead to a natural going.

There is so much going on in our student ministry and I am excited to see what God has in store for us in the upcoming school year. It is amazing that He uses any of us and it is great to see that there is a simple, easy to understand process in place to help our students grow in their relationship with Christ.