Vision of Ministry
At Christ Fellowship Baptist Church we envision student ministry to serve as a vehicle to advocate the values of CFBC and godly parents at home. We desire to see teenagers transformed into the image of Christ through Biblical Teaching, Intentional Discipleship and Service both local and international.
Student Ministry exists to engage teenagers with the Gospel, exhort teenagers to love and good deeds through biblical teaching, and equip teenagers to be fully devoted servants of Jesus Christ.
This five-fold philosophy will help reach the goal of student ministry.
1. Our Purpose is to glorify God.
Creation as well as all of Scripture points to and exclaims the glory of God. David writes in Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in holy array.” Paul exhorts believers in Corinth, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The core virtue of any God honoring ministry is the glory of God. I agree with the Westminster Shorter Catechism of Faith that states, “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” Therefore student ministry should produce hearts that love and worship God.
2. Our Path is laid out in the Word of God.
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed for us in John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” God’s Word through the help of the Holy Spirit is the only means for anyone to come to faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17). A high view of God’s word is essential to transform the hearts of students.
3. Our Passion is to make disciples.
The primary vehicle of education for student ministry is discipleship. Before Jesus’ ascension He gave orders to His Apostles to go and make disciples of all nations. Discipleship is life on life teaching and training. Jesus modeled this by taking the twelve and living among them as an example. Student ministry is a church wide effort where many in the church invest in those who are younger and immature in their faith (Titus 2).
4. Our Pledge is to Christ and His Church.
Student ministry should never compete with or overshadow the vision of the church. All teaching and philosophy must be in unity with the church and its leadership. This is also an opportunity to teach students that if they love Christ they must love His church (Colossians 1:18, 1 Peter 5:5).
5. Our Promise is to complement and support the families of our youth.
Parents play an important role in student ministry. The student minister and discipleship leaders serve as “parent-helpers.” In no way should student ministry take sole responsibility for training up teenagers. Student ministry serves as a complement and support for parents not competition. In order for student ministry to be effective there must be strong parental support. (Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:7)