And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:28-31

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

Bible Study & Prayer: The Lord transforms us through His Word and prayer as we encounter Him (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18, John 5:39-47). We have two group Bible study & prayer opportunities available each week: Sunday mornings (“Collide” classes) and Wednesday nights (in “Life Groups”). Please see the main Grace Student Ministries page for more information and for the calendar of when they occur!

Counseling: Biblical counseling is also available for any student in need.

Mentorship: Students seeking a more intensive opportunity to grow in their relationship with the Lord are encouraged to participate in regular 1-to-1 or small group Bible study with a mentor, which ideally is a person of the same gender who is older in the Lord than them who will as a loving older brother or sister in Christ will teach them the Scriptures, and encourage them to apply it in their personal walk with God. As feasible for each leader, the Student Ministries leadership team is a great source for mentorship!

Resource Center: We have been blessed to be able to compile a Student Ministry Resource Center, located up in the loft and available to all 5th-12th students and their families! Family DVDs and discipleship books are available to “check-out” just like you would at a library. The books are categorized and labeled according to the Four Chairs discipleship model (from Dann Spader’s book Four Chairs Discipling) so they can be selected based on the specific spiritual state of the reader and their desired area of growth. The 4 categories are: 1) The Lost, 2) The New Believer, 3) The Disciple, and 4) The Disciple-Maker. “One” books focus on apologetics; “Two” books focus on learning the Bible and theology/doctrine; “Three” books focus on abiding in Christ; and “Four” books focus on ministry to others.

Summer Camp: The T3 discipleship program with Hidden Acres is a tremendous opportunity for students to go to the next level in their leadership development.

Training: Leadership development is pursued intentionally through regular training meetings, spiritual growth retreats and conferences, and giving opportunities to lead.