Youth Ministry

Discipling students for life-long devotion

Forest Students shares in the mission of Forest Baptist Church as an extension of the local church and the Christian family—partnering with parents to disciple their students in the ways of the Lord and fostering godly relationships among young believers. In a world increasingly hostile to Christianity, our aim is to root students in the perfect, unchanging Word of God so that they may stand as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

What is a healthy student ministry?

A healthy student ministry should have all the hallmarks of a healthy church ministry: founded upon Christ, devoted to the Scriptures, preaching the gospel, and servants to all. Student ministry is not its own church, but an extension of the local church and the Christian family—partnering with parents to disciple their children in the ways of the Lord and fostering godly relationships among young believers.

Sunday

Grade-specific Sunday School classes are offered at the 8:30 and 9:30 hours at The Underground student center. We use The Gospel Project from LifeWay Christian Resources to engage students with a Christ-centered look at the biblical narrative.

Wednesday

Forest Students is our Wednesday night (6:30-8:00pm) gathering of 6th-12th graders at The Underground student center. We create opportunities for students to grow relationally in time with one another, and spiritually through the teaching of God’s Word in an engaging, relevant way.

Our Events

World Changers
Each summer our students go on World Changers, a domestic missions trip organized by LifeWay. The trip consists of meeting people’s needs through construction and service projects, opening the door to share the gospel.

 

Macau Missions
Nearly 16 million East Asian tourists visit Macau every summer from nations that are hostile – or closed – to the gospel. Our students partner with the Southern Cross Project to distribute Bibles to these tourists, giving them access to God’s Word likely for the first time in their lives.

 

Schoolyear Retreats
During the schoolyear, we take a fall and winter retreat to local Christian camps for a time of fun, fellowship, and discipleship away from the routine. We use these retreats to challenge students through God’s Word to become stronger followers of Christ in a world increasingly indifferent to Him.

 

Monthly Outings
From Busch Gardens to Kings Dominion, ice skating to go-karting, we are always looking for ways to get students together for fun day trips. Find us on Facebook to keep up with our regular events!

 

Forest Students is our Wednesday night gathering of 6th-12th graders at The Underground youth center. We create time for students to grow relationally in time with one another, and spiritually through the teaching of God’s Word in an engaging, relevant way.

A Normal Wednesday Night Is…

Free Time

time for our students to hang out, play games, and enjoy snacks

Worshiping & Teaching

time to worship God in song and hear expositional teaching from His Word

Small Groups

time to reflect on the lesson and grow alongside one another

We Value…

Scripture

our student ministry is founded upon the teaching and study of God’s Word together. It is our one, sure foundation in this day of relativism. The most important question a student can ask about any topic is, “What does God say about it?”

Relationships

we are all humans created to be in relationships by God Himself. This is especially true of teenagers, and we aim to foster godly, uplifting friendships among young followers of Christ.

Serving

to follow Jesus is to serve Him. Whether in the church, community, or the ends of the earth, there are endless opportunities to serve the Lord with the gifts He’s given us.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18