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I developed this plan for reaching and teaching teenagers for Christ at the last church where I served as Student Pastor. This was provided to parents to explain to them how I desired their children …

I developed this plan for reaching and teaching teenagers for Christ at the last church where I served as Student Pastor. This was provided to parents to explain to them how I desired their children to grow deeper in their faith. I also used this to challenge students to examine where there were as disciples.

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  • 1. SPIRITUAL GROWTH PLAYBOOK EBC Student Ministry
  • 2. The point of this “Playbook” is to help you understand how the Student Ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church attempts to put our Purpose Statement into practice. We deeply desire to see students come to faith in Christ and to grow into Christian maturity before graduating from the twelfth grade. The following pages contain our plan to move a student from total detachment from church and Christ to an intimate relationship with a Savior they desire to serve. Purpose Statement of EBC Student Ministry Emmanuel Student Ministry exists to empower students to become mature believers as together they worship Almighty God, serve with Christ-like compassion, and share His truth with all they encounter. The following formula will give you the Who, What, and How behind our student ministry programs. (Formula: potential audience + prime purpose = program) Using that formula, here is an overview of our Primary Programs used to move students toward Christian Maturity: WHO are we trying to reach? Potential Audience WHAT is our purpose? Primary Purpose HOW will we attempt to do this? Primary Program Community Evangelism E-Teams Crowd Worship EDGE Congregation Fellowship Life Groups Committed Discipleship SUBMERGE Core Ministry Leadership Teams Now that you have a general overview of our Primary Programs, let’s define the terms used in the chart above…
  • 3. Defining Potential Audiences: Community students are committed to not attending church – they are living apart from Christ. Crowd students are committed to attending our church – they are hearing about Christ. Congregation students are committed to Life Group attendance – they have a relationship with Christ and with other Christians. Committed Students are committed to spiritual habits – they are growing in Christ. Core students are committed to doing ministry – they are serving because of their relationship with Christ. Defining Primary Purposes: Evangelism is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who don’t yet have a personal relationship with Him. Worship is celebrating God’s presence and honoring Him with our lifestyle. Fellowship happens when Christian students are known, cared for, held accountable, and encouraged in their spiritual journey. Discipleship is the building up or strengthening of believers in their quest to be like Christ. Ministry is meeting needs with the love of Christ.
  • 4. Defining Primary Programs: E-Teams are comprised of students who are passionate about the primary purpose of Evangelism in hopes of reaching Community students. These teams commit to pray for those on their campus who don’t know Jesus as their Savior. The ultimate goal is to pursue relationships with those they are praying for in hopes of starting spiritual conversations with them and sharing Christ. The EDGE is our mid-week youth gathering that focuses on fulfilling the primary purpose of Worship for our students. During an EDGE night, students express praise through songs, interact through games and activities, and are taught how to honor God by conforming their lives to His Word through preaching and small groups. It is here that a Crowd student experiences Christians worshiping around him/her and is provided with an opportunity to accept Christ and join a Life Group. Life Groups are designed to allow Congregation students the opportunity to grow with other believers as they Fellowship by examining Scripture together, praying for each other, and by holding each other accountable in their Christian walk. Each Life Group is led by a mature Christian adult who serves as both teacher and mentor. SUBMERGE is our comprehensive Discipleship program used to give Committed students a way to take personal responsibility for maturing in their Christian walk. Students are provided with various discipleship courses, invited to intense weekend training sessions, and are taught spiritual H.A.B.I.T.S. (see appendix A) to take them to a deeper level with Christ.
  • 5. Defining Primary Programs Continued: Leadership Teams provide Core students an opportunity to use their spiritual gifts and S.H.A.P.E. (see appendix B) to lead in Ministry among their peers. These students live out the truth that all Christians should be involved in serving others for God’s glory. Student Leaders agree to be involved with an E-Team, be active in a Life Group, exercise spiritual H.A.B.I.T.S. and commit to live by a list of lifestyle expectations. The five primary programs of our Student Ministry are laid out below in a progressive order around a baseball diamond. This diagram may help you visualize the movement we desire to see in the lives of students. E-TEAMS EDGE LIFE GROUPS SUBMERGE LEADERSHIP Community Crowd CongregationCommitted Core
  • 6. Appendix A Students will be encouraged to develop spiritual H.A.B.I.T.S. to allow them to take discipleship to a personal level. Training and tools will be provided for each letter based on the acronym below. Hang time with God Accountability with another believer Bible memorization Involvement with the church body Tithing commitment Study Scripture Appendix B An evaluation tool known as S.H.A.P.E. is provided to those students desiring to be in a leadership role. This tool uses each of the five letters in the acronym to help students determine where God may be leading them to serve. The letters are defined below: Spiritual Gifts Heart Abilities Personality Experience