As I began yet another year of youth ministry, I sat down to try to form a vision and mission for our group. My goal was to create a sentence that completely described who we are and who we wanted to become. As I wrestled with this challenge, I realized that it was easier for me to determine adjectives to describe our ministry rather than a sentence. Here is my current mission and vision statement:
In Middle School Student Ministries at FBC Pelham, we seek to minister to 6th-8th grade students in a way that is relationship driven, gospel centered, and mission focused.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” – John 1:14a (ESV)
- Students grow in their relationship with Jesus.
- Students grow closer to each other through Christian community.
- Students grow close to a team of caring adults that want to encourage them in their walk with Jesus.
Intentional Relationships for Supporting Students’ Spiritual Growth:
- Youth Ministers
- Sunday School/Small Group Leaders
- Prayer Partners
Adapted from Richard Ross, Student Ministry and the Supremacy of Christ, 2009
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the concerning himself.” – Luke 24:27 (ESV)
- Gospel is the focus of Biblical teaching
- Gospel is the key to following Jesus.
- Jesus is the Hero of the Bible.
- Gospel drives Christians to live on mission for Jesus and His kingdom.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
- Every student is called to be a missionary for Jesus wherever they are.
- Campus- First Priority and FCA
- Community- Student Serve Saturdays
- World- Mission Trips
Student Ministry Strategy
“And they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” – Acts 2:42 (ESV)
- Apostle’s Teaching (Bible Study)- Sunday School, Discipleship Training Classes, Refuge, and Small Group Bible Studies
- Fellowship and Service- Middle School Hang Outs, Student Serve Saturdays, and First Priority or FCA on Campus
- Prayer- Student Prayer Time
Have you developed your own mission statement? If so, what is it?