Youth Ministry Mission
SSBC YOUTH exists to make life-long disciples of the next generation
whose faith took root in their teen years.
It is our desire to reach the unchurched students in our community as well as the "church kids" who have been raised in the pews. We believe both groups need the same thing: the good news of of the grace and love we receive through Jesus Christ.
When you (or your student) come to youth group, they will have fun - but more importantly, they will find a group of teenagers who are being formed by biblical fellowship, worship, and the teaching of God's Word. In addition to our weekly Youth Group and Sunday School ministries, we offer a variety of events and retreats. Sign up for the Parents Newsletter to keep informed of all that's happening.
First Sunday/Month: Youth Worship Night
First Sunday of each month we will host a student worship night. This is not an alternative to worshipping with the Body of Christ on Sunday mornings, but is a time for students to join together in worship, prayer, and under the preaching of God’s Word. Our student worship team will be mentored by seasoned worship leaders as they lead us in worship. Guidelines for this service will mirror our guidelines for Sunday morning services.
Sunday Nights (other than first/month): Student Growth Groups
Youth group will be a growth group driven ministry this year. Students will need to register ahead of time to be assigned a group (generally divided by gender and grade) which will meet in-person at SSBC on Sunday nights. Each growth group will also have a device connected to Zoom during their gathering to allow others to participate remotely. There are four main components to each SSBC YOUTH Growth Group
- Friendship: it is hard to pray with people you can’t laugh with and don’t enjoy being around.
- Study: the group will watch a 5-10 minute video from Pastor Mike, introducing that week’s lesson. Our groups will be using a curriculum that walks them through the Gospel of John.
- Pray: share life together and carrying one another’s burdens before the Lord.
- Ministry: student-led initiatives to serve in our community. Empower students to seek opportunities for the group to do ministry together.
Honor the Grad Night
Join us in the Sanctuary on Sunday, May 16th 7:00-8:30pm to celebrate the SSBC Class of 2021. We want to send them off as a church, equipped to walk in the grace of Christ and with confidence that they'll always have a church home here at SSBC.
Our Core Commitents
The gospel is so much more than an evenglism tool - it shapes everything about life and everything about ministry. Our ministry has adopted the five pillars of gospel-centered ministry from The Rooted Ministry as our core commitments. Here's a quick overview.
- Gospel Centered
The cross and empty tomb are central to all of Scripture, why would they be absent from anything we do in ministry? Everything we do - from the way we play dodgeball and the way we handle conflicts between students to the missions trips we take - is all shaped by the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
- Expository Preaching
If the Bible really is the Word of God, then why would our students benefit more from anyone's advice more than they'd benefit from hearing God's Word? Everything we teach is anchored in Scripture, because God's Word is truth.
- Relational Discipleship
Our mission is to make life-long disciples who either met Christ or who grew in Christ during their teen years. That won't only happen through ministry that happens in programs, but through meaningful relationships the extend beyond the church walls.
- Partnering with Parents
Study after study continues to affirm what Scripture teaches: Parents are always the most influential people in a child/youth's life. Our youth leaders want to encourage parents in order to co-evangelize and co-disciple students in partnership with parents.
- Intergenerational Ministry
Secluding teenagers from the older generations might seem cooler or safer for students, but it robs them of the treasure that comes through seeing what the Christian life looks like at the different stages of life. Additionally, teenagers often add a fresh wind of vitality and optimism that other generations have lost. We want teenagers to be valued contributors in the entire church (not just in the youth ministry).