ABEFC Philosophy of Student Ministry
In ABEFC Student Ministry we desire to glorify God by making disciples through biblical student ministry that exalts Christ, equips the believing student for service and extends the gospel to the lost. The proper execution of this goal is intended to ensure the necessary spiritual growth of every student to the point that they are an overall mature servant of God who is able to carry out the Gospel and all it entails to the world outside of their home. In all that we do, then, we seek to address the whole student (Head, Heart, & Hands) with the whole Gospel.
Head: The "knowledge" aspect of our faith. In addressing this element of ministry, we seek to provide the student with the "data" of Scripture. This is found in in-depth biblical study, group discussions, and other similar activities that are aimed to challenge and strengthen the mind of the students to the point that they truly know what they believe. (I Peter 3:15)
Heart: The "relational" aspect of our faith. In addressing this element of ministry, we seek to provide the student with the experiences & knowledge necessary to facilitate godly relationships with fellow believers as well as an increased love for the lost. This is seen in small-group accountability, evangelism outreach projects, etc. (I Peter 4:7-11)
Hands: The "action" aspect of our faith. As the student grows in their (head) understanding of the Christian faith and in their (heart) love for others, they will be given an ample number of opportunities to live out their faith in the form of evangelism outreach, service projects, etc. This is where the student sees how their faith affects both their own life as an individual as well as in their interaction with this world. (Matthew 25:35-39)
By addressing each of these areas we hope to glorify God by clearly communicating the Gospel message to the lost and thoroughly equipping our students to carry out their faith as active disciples of Christ.
Student Ministries encompasses both Jr. High (grades 7-8) and Sr. High (grades 9-12). We offer the following:
Jr. High Sunday School - Sunday - 10:20 - 11:35 am - Ministry House
Sr. High Sunday School - Sunday - 10:20 - 11:35 am - Ministry House
Bible Study - Sunday - 4:30 - 6:15 pm - Ministry House
Youth Group - Wednesday - 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Fireside Room
In addition to these weekly opportunities we also have an annual Winter Camp in either January or February. In the Summer we have WOM (Week of Mayhem) and/or our youth summer camp.