Welcome to Student Ministries
SBC Student Ministry Purpose Statement – My philosophy of student ministry is a two-pronged approach: Ministry to Students and Ministry from Students. This ministry revolves around loving, relational discipleship with students using a team of adult leaders (Advisors).
TEACH: The Word of God must be primary in student ministry because it is the revelation of God. By His Word we know what to believe, why we believe it, how to live it, and how to share it with others. His Word is exciting and engaging and should be taught in a fun, exciting, and engaging atmosphere by organized, prepared teachers.
EQUIP: Students must know how to minister to become effective, contributing members of the local church. In order to equip students for ministry they need to understand what they believe, why they believe it, and then live what they believe in order to legitimately share their beliefs. Students will be equipped for ministry by giving them multiple opportunities for service.
ACTIVATE: Once we have taught the Word and equipped students for ministry it is time to activate them for an active, abundant life serving Jesus Christ. This activation happens on several levels. Primarily, there must be Spirit-filled activation within their lives personally. Non-believers must be activated by the Spirit unto salvation. Believers must be activated to live Spirit-filled lives that lead them to evangelization, discipleship, and growth. When an entire student ministry is in a state of purposeful, Christ-centered, intentional action it motivates the entire church body and the effects are felt reverberating throughout the ministry.
Advisors – No student ministry can operate effectively without the help or motivated volunteers who help with student discipleship, event organization, and counseling. In our ministry these adult leaders are called “Advisors.” Not only do they advise the students as mentors and counselors, but they advise me as my trusted staff of ministry partners.
A Tool in Your Hands – Our student ministry is a tool in the hands the parents, as we partner with you (the primary spiritual guardian and leader) in the spiritual formation of your students. The SBC Student Ministry is a supplement not a substitute for your responsibility and leadership as their primary disciple-maker. We will meet the specific needs of the students that you have allowed to come under our leadership as we identify them all the while keeping you “in the loop” as to our methodology and practice.
WHAT DO WE OFFER YOUR STUDENT?
Sundays – Life Groups – 9:15am
Fellowship – snacks provided by volunteers and time for hangout (9:00-9:30)
LifeGroups are subdivided by age and gender until the 11th grade
- 7-8 grade guys led by Steve Ratliff
- 7-8 grade girls led by Sandy Smith & Kelle Long
- 9-10 grade guys led by Steve McBride & Shawn Smith
- 9-10 grade girls led by Sandy McBride & Telesa Kessler
- Upperclassmen LifeGroup (11-12 grade combined) led by Michael Wright, Pastor Tim Ragan, & Pastor Stanley Long
- LifeGroups are focused on practical Bible teaching and relational mentoring. The LifeGroup curriculum has been developed by the LifeGroup Advisors and Pastor Tim to reflect the age and gender-specific needs of the students. This curriculum operates on a 2 year rotation in its scope and each semester of LifeGroup builds upon the previous sequences so that we are ministering to “whole” student in offering theology, apologetics, practical advice, real-life application, and in-depth Bible study alongside real mentoring relationships.
Wednesday Night Club - 6:30pm
Wednesday Night Club is our large group meeting time where we have a corporate worship time consisting of some combination of prayer, music, games, small groups, relational ministry, service/outreach, and intense Bible teaching.
Each year’s WNC is defined by a specific theme which shapes our messages for the year. These messages build upon each other and are a challenge to the students to follow God deeper and more intimately in their walk with Him.
- S.W.A.T. Teams is the name for our small group divisions that serve for discipleship groups, response groups from messages, teams for game times, and service teams on outreach nights. Each Team has upperclassmen and adult leaders called “Advisors” assigned to it for its leadership and coordination. They meet in homes on Wednesday nights 2 times per semester for off-campus worship.
Student Ownership: The SBC Student Ministry will only go as far as the involvement of its students. I ask that the upperclassmen participate by leading games, announcements, skits, ice breakers, and outreach efforts, and S.W.A.T. Teams.
Youth Gym time is an “Open Gym” time for any student who attended club that night. It happens after club most weeks – 8:15-9:00 pm for MS – until 9:30 for HS
Your Questions, Comments, & Concerns are welcomed and can be directed to
Pastor Tim Ragan
Associate Pastor for Student Ministries
Our goal as a student ministry is to partner with parents in the salvation and spiritual growth of young people. We want to come alongside you and empower our students to know, love, and serve God with all their hearts. God has called you to lead the heart of your teenager to Him. Below are some resources that may be helpful as you parent your teen.
Focus on the Family ~ www.focusonthefamily.com
Focus on the Family provides relevant Christian advice on marriage, parenting and other topics. Find practial resources for every age and life stage.
Center for Parent/Youth Understanding ~ www.cpyu.org
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.
The Source for Parents ~ www.thesource4parents.com
The Source for Parents goal is to help parents build relationships and teach biblical values to their children.
Orange Parents ~ www.orangerparents.org
Orange Parents connects families to a wider community of parents and leaders and offers to expand parent's ideas, skill, and influence.
Sticky Faith Parents ~ www.stickyfaith.org/parents
Sticky Faith offers everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids.