Mountainview Student Ministry 101
Our Basic Principles and Strategies
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:6-16 ESV)
Glorify God + Grow in Christ + Go into the World
When it comes to student/family ministry it can be hard to discern “measureable results.” Instead we have asked ourselves this question: in what ways do we hope our students will show some maturity by the time they graduate high school? We use 1 Timothy 4:7-16 to help inform and guide our understanding of discipleship. While this is not an exhaustive list, we feel that it serves well as a basic biblical guide to help define our calling as a disciple of Jesus.
We hope our students will set in example in…
Speech/words: the mature student is aware and conscious of language, and uses words to bring glory to God. They also use words to build up the body of Christ, speaking in encouragement and love. This includes all areas of communication such as social media, school, large groups, one on ones, family life, etc.
Conduct: the mature student understands the importance of integrity and consistency in their actions across all areas of life. He or she strives to act in a way that glorifies God
Love: the mature student understands and models others focused interactions and selflessness
Faith: God is always our default! This student actively pursues God through prayer, Bible study, and trust in God in all situations
Purity: the mature student has appropriate boundaries and respect towards both men and women. He or she strives to honor God with their body (phil 4) in thoughts. This includes choices in movies, television, music, etc. Discernment
Commitment: committed involvement to a local church and the greater Church. This means participation and service in the body
Biblical Youth Ministry
These basic ministry principles are the foundation for all that we do, from spiritual discussions to laser tag! Whether the activity is a part of worship, or connecting, or growing, or serving, these biblical principles serve as our rock and keep Jesus as our cornerstone.
Jesus is the foundation of all ministries. Jesus is the overarching need of all people in all times and places.(cf., Eph 2:20, 1 Tim 1:15, 1 Cor 15-1-3, Phil 3:7-8)
Jesus Saves. We are the harvesters, but Jesus is the Savior. Preach the gospel always. (cf., 1 Cor 3:5-6, Eph 2:8-10, Luke 10:2)
Prayer (cf., 1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”)
The Bible alone. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible, Word of God (cf., 2 Tim 3:16-17)
Everything I do must honor God above all (cf., 1 Cor 10:31)
Greater church unity brings glory to God. Is my ministry moving in the same direction as my church? (cf., 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Cor 12, Eph 4)
Families and the Church are the two institutions given the responsibility of the spiritual development of children. (cf., Duet 6:4-9, Matt 16:15-18)
Our student ministry team has years of experience working with students from junior high through college. Your student will benefit from a team approach that will prepare your student for the challenges they face.