Youth Ministry Mission
The SSBC youth ministry exists to glorify God by making life-long disciples of the next generation. 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 preaching of God's Word. In addition to our weekly Youth Group and Sunday School ministries, we offer a variety of monthly events and retreats. Sign up for the Parents Newsletter to keep informed of all that's happening.
Youth Group: Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm
(During the school year) Youth group is for all students in grades 6-12. Youth Group includes games/activities, worship music, a message from God's Word, and then small group discussion. It is a place where students develop Christ-centered friendships and where their faith can grow.
If you have questions about Youth Group, contact Mike McGarry, our Youth Pastor.
Check out the Youth Group YouTube page for great resources from Pastor Mike!
Sunday School, 10:45-11:45am
Classes for Middle School students and High Schoolers meet during the school year.
Both classes are studying "The Thread" this year, exploring the central thread of the gospel from Genesis through Revelation.
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).