Student Ministry Update – January 2014
The school year has flown by and we are at, yet, another start of a year. I loved the Fall season and love seeing God show off His artistic ability in the skies and trees. I also love seeing His ability to show us the crazy love that we learned about most of the fall semester at The Peak. Through the book, “Crazy Love,” by Francis Chan, we experienced the love that Christ has for us. It allowed us to understand what kind of crazy love we need to show Him with the lives that we live. Through this study we brought the kids through a process of what it practically means to fall in love with a loving God.
At the start of the new year, we are going to take the kids through the basics of Christianity; what it is, and what we have to stand on in our walk with Him. The series to follow will be one that should be fun and interesting. We’re going to focus on “Sticky Situations” that some of these students are asked by their peers at school. And if they haven’t been caught in those situations yet, there will come a day when they will be, and we want them to be adequately equipped to share and defend the faith.
I am really excited about the start of the new year because it allows us to look back (for just a moment) and see what it was that God taught us, and helps us see what it is that we need to learn and work on moving forward. We want these students to be able to know they are saved and how to lead others in their lives to have a relationship with the Father that loves them more than anything. We want to help them become disciples so they can make disciples.
Another way we want to do this is through an annual event called, “DiscipleNow,” that has made a huge impact on me, the other church leaders, and through the students. This is an event that helps students grow in their walk with Christ. There are many other churches participating in this event this year, and we’re so excited. We began planning this event in October so that the students can get the most out of this event as possible. The event consists of main sessions with worship music and messages, small groups at host homes, breakout sessions where students can learn about areas that interest them, and fellowship time with one another. The event dates are Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6. The cost of the event is $30, which includes lodging, meals, t-shirt, and materials that come with the camp. The deadline to pay this fee is Thursday, March 13 (to be sure you get a t-shirt). Bring the money to the church office, to The Peak on a Wednesday night, or give it to a Host Team member at the Information Desk in the Commons Area on Sunday mornings. We hope to see all students there, as we do our part in making them the best disciples and disciple makers possible. If your family would like to be a Host Home for this event (or would want to know more information about what a Host Home Family looks like), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 236. Thanks a lot, God Bless, and have a great rest of the Winter!