Student Ministry Leaders

Developing-Leaders

STEP 1:  EXPRESS INTEREST

Maybe you have a heart for students or were approached about considering serving in the student ministry….it all starts with an idea.  Let the Student Minister know about your interest and read through the information on this web page to find out more about our ministry.  We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have as you consider where God would have you serve.

STEP 2:  READ “ABOUT OUR STUDENT MINISTRY”

This is some basic information to help you make your decision.  You find our purpose statement, our strategy, the vision for our students, and the type of volunteer our ministry needs.

STEP 3:  OBSERVE A PROGRAM

Nothing beats experiencing things first hand.  You are invited to sit-in on our Wednesday or Sunday programs.  This will give you a better feel for the ministry and get to meet other leaders and our students.  Just contact our Student Minister to arrange a time.

STEP 4:  COMPLETE OUR ONLINE APPLICATION

This application was developed to help us find out about you, your background, and your walk with Christ.  All information is confidential, and if you need to elaborate on any question feel free to contact the Student Ministry.

STEP 5:  COMPLETE THE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK REQUEST FORM

Every adult who works with minors at our church is local/state/national background checked for the protection of our students.

STEP 6:  MEETING WITH THE STUDENT MINISTRY

Once the Student Minister has received you completed application and the background check has cleared, he’ll contact you to set up a convenient time to meet.  At this time he’ll answer any questions you may have, discuss your role in the student ministry, and go over information in your application.

STEP 7:  COMPLETE THE STUDENT MINISTER LEADER COMMITMENT FORM

The final step is to prayerfully consider the commitments asked of all our leaders and then complete the online commitment form.  No leader is perfect, but these are the core commitments that leaders hold one another accountable for.

STEP 8:  WELCOME TO THE STUDENT MINISTRY

Upon receipt of your completed commitment form, the Student Minister will contact you to set a start date.  We’ll introduce you to our team and our students, and gradually begin to help acclimate you to your leadership role.

OurPurposeOUR PURPOSE:

Our mission is to PARTNER with parents by helping students KNOW, FOLLOW, and SERVE Jesus Christ.
  • PARTNER – We support and encourage parents in their God-ordained role as the primary ones to disciple their children in the faith.
  • KNOW – We challenge students to KNOW Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
  • FOLLOW – We teach students the spiritual disciplines of prayer and personal Bible study that help them mature and endure in their faith.
  • SERVE – We challenge students to use their God-given talents and resources to meet the needs of others and to engage in an on-going ministry of the church.

OUR STRATEGY:

Our strategy is the programs we’ve developed to help us fulfill the different parts of our mission.
MISSION PROGRAM
PARTNER Family focus events like Family Movie Night, D6 Worship, and our Graduate Recognition Breakfast
KNOW Our Wednesday night youth group, MERGE, is our first level program for students entering our ministry.  MERGE is aimed at achieving 3 goals:  a welcoming environment, a relevant message, and authentic worship.
FOLLOW Our Sunday morning Bible study groups, LifeGroups, target this purpose.  These are small groups, organized around a student’s grade and gender.  The adult leader guides the lesson, but their highest goal is to develop relationships and help student begin the practice of personal spiritual disciplines.
SERVE Our Help Hands Mission Projects are aimed at fulfilling this purpose.  This introduces students to serve.  Beyond this we encourage youth to find on-going places of service inside the youth group or in a ministry of the church.
Each purpose calls for increasing commitment.  This leads to a funnel effect as fewer students inevitably choose to not to rise to the higher commitment.  This isn’t meant to be a discouragement, but rather a way we can assess student’s spiritual growth.Youth Ministry Funnel

OUR VISION FOR OUR STUDENTS:

A vision is like our highest hopes and dreams for our students.  These are our desires for every student.  No students is perfect and many will still be working on a number of this elements when they leave our ministry.  These are the characteristics we hold up as the end goal for every student in our ministry.
  1. He/she has trusted in Jesus as the Savior and Lord
  2. He/she sees our ministry as a place where they are known, cared for, and encouraged in their walk with Christ, and our leaders as genuine examples of Christ-followers who love them.
  3. He/she has developed the daily disciplines of prayer and personal Bible study.
  4. He/she has a lifestyle that reflects Christ and a witness that spreads the Gospel.
  5. He/she has discovered how God shaped them for service and is engaged in an on-going ministry through the church.

OUR LEADERS:

Our ministry rises and falls on the quality and character of our leaders.  We seek leaders who:
  1. Have trusted in Jesus as their Savior and Lord
  2. Practice or are willing to develop the daily spiritual disciplines of prayer and personal Bible study.
  3. Model a walk with Christ and daily lifestyle our students can follow
  4. Have a heart for students and are willing to build relationship with students in and out of youth group and to invest in their lives.
  5. Are dependable, timely, and prepared for their areas of responsibility.
  6. Work well in a team, contributing to our unity and mission.
Jesus described His leadership as that of a "good shepherd".  As leaders in the church we act a under-shepherds.  The Bible teaches us the characteristics of a good shepherd.  As youth leaders we are called to:
  1. Know Our Students - we know them as individuals and are aware of their direction in life and spiritual condition
  2. Feed Our Students - we provide sound Biblical teaching and direct them to develop spiritual disciplines that will sustain them in their walk with Christ
  3. Lead Our Students - we strive to be an example in our lifestyle and have a vision for moving our students closer to God
  4. Protect Our Students - we defend our group from corrupting and divisive influences and in love, address personal sin that seeks to sidetrack their faith
Pastor-Shepherd
Every adult who works with minors at Scott Lake Baptist Church must complete a local/state/national criminal background check. Please print this document and return the completed form to the Student Minister.

Criminal Background Request Form

background-check

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