“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Instead, set an example…”

1 Timothy 4:12 CEB

Youth Education

Many articles, blogs, and books have been and are devoted to studying the question, “Why are young people leaving the church?”

This question weighs on the minds and hearts of parents, grandparents, church members, and church leaders alike. Studies show that two key things tend to influence the faith transmission to teenagers more than others: 1) the genuine faith practice of their parents, & 2) knowing (and trusting) five adults in a church community (who are not their parents). While other factors certainly weigh in, at First Baptist we approach student ministry with those factors in mind.

Our student ministry is designed around a discipleship model.

We are geared toward really getting to know a small group of students and walking them through the journey of middle school and high school and helping them navigate what following Jesus looks like in their lives. We offer Sunday School at 9:45 am on Sunday mornings, taught by different church leaders. We offer a time of dinner, games, and learning together on Wednesday nights starting at 6pm. Throughout the year, we also do a few special activities and trips designed to deepen our student’s faith and their connection to other adults who will love them, cheer them on, and walk with them on this journey of life and faith. Our motto in FBC Student Ministry is to “Love God, Love People.” This is what we strive to learn better each and every time we gather.

The Christian formation and education of middle and high school students is important to us, and it’s something we do well.

Rev. Kristy Bay, Chair of the Student Ministry Committee, and a team of adult volunteers lead a discipleship-based program for grades 6-12.

Sundays, 9:45 AM

Our team of spiritually mature, devoted adult leaders leads a Sunday School program focused on education, service, and fun. Two Sundays a month, students spend time together studying the Bible and faith. One Sunday a month, they do a service project. And one Sunday a month, they spend time in fellowship with the members of our God’s Angels Sunday School class, where they get a crash course in how to love as Jesus did from those who do it best.

Wednesdays, 6:30 PM

Rev. Kristy Bay, FBC Deacon Eric Martin, and a group of adult volunteers lead the FBC Student Ministry, a traditional “youth group” type time centered on Christian education and discipleship. Students are invited to participate in interactive lessons and activities in our church gymnasium each Wednesday night prior to a time of sharing and learning together. Most students choose to eat dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 6 PM.