Current Series: “United Vision Night"
Main Thought: Uniting Source to the vision to lead students to imitate Christ and influence the world.
The Word: 2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 Timothy 4:12, Matthew 28:19-20.
Message explanation: We started 2013 with our vision of leading students to imitate Christ and influence the world with the gospel. We want to help students see that in order to be a student ministry (rather than just a group mentality) we need to have room in our hearts for people who need the love of Jesus.
I read this letter to the student to put it in perspective:
I was a visitor in your youth group a while ago. I only came once and I sat in the back, so you probably didn’t notice me. I’m not even sure why I went; I just heard about it and thought I’d check it out. It was an interesting service, a little different than what I was used to. You all seemed to be good friends with each other, but I felt like I was on the outside looking in. Oh, you came up and greeted me during the appropriate part of the service and most of you seemed sincere. But afterward no one sat with me or seemed to care. In my own way, I was trying to reach out for help. I probably looked a little tough by the way I dressed; maybe I intimidated you. But I wish one of you would’ve tried to get to know me. Instead I saw you sitting with your friends, having a good time. I never came back. I’m sure you didn’t notice.
Sincerely, The Visitor
Source student ministry exists to lead students to Jesus, connect them to the Church @ The Springs, help them grow in their faith, and challenge them to influence the world.
Goals for 2013:
Found people find people. Because we have been found by Jesus, we need to invest into relationships with others.
Growing students have room for more students. We want more students to know Jesus, but we want each person to be known, loved and cared for in small groups. Small group leaders are crucial in this process. They are another voice to help students navigate their struggles, questions and pain. Key words: Acceptance. Safe place. Openness. Encouragement. Support. Life change.
Saved people serve people: Our mission is to lead students to serve others. Students are a part of Church @ The Springs. We should have so many students serving that when we are gone to camp, they will have a hard time filling the spots!
Element of Fun: We had leaders up front playing the cup stack game from minute to win it.
Music: Not Ashamed, Search My Heart, The Church, Revelation Song, Only to You, Your Presence is Heaven to Me (closing).
Favorite Moment: One middle school student decided to follow in baptism! We emphasized three boards for students to write down their prayers and hopes for three areas in 2013. It was a moving experiences to read the boards and what students wrote down to pray for this new year!
What’s Next: We are starting our new series, "Awaken a Generation" through Isaiah 6:1-8!