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

Sunday mornings are our opportunity to study God’s Word in community. Grade-specific Sunday School classes are offered at the 8:30 and 9:30 hours at The Underground student center. We use Bible Studies for Life from LifeWay Christian Resources to engage students with a Christ-centered perspective on a life lived for Him.

Wednesday

Wednesday night is high-energy, prime-time for our Youth Ministry. Forest Students is our 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.

 

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

For the first time in 2018, our high schoolers will be going to Puerto Rico to help relief and rebuilding efforts in the wake of last summer’s devastating hurricanes. For more information on this trip, contact Reed.

 

School-year 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 today’s world.

 

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. Check our Calendar, follow us on Instagram (@foreststudents), and join our Facebook group 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