Student Ministry is something that I never thought that I would be doing. My desires were to serve those who were vulnerable, hurting, and not able to take care of themselves. To see people healed through medicine and quality care. Little did I know that God would call me to serve and minister to peoples' eternal souls. Student Ministry has been one of the hardest and most rewarding things that I have ever done. Our team’s vision and heart is to see our students have a eternity altering encounter with their creator. To live above reproach and worship God with all of life. To fall deeply in love with Jesus and surrender to his will for their lives. Our mission is to equip students to boldly bear the image of God and confidently be disciple makers of the next generation. John Piper has said “We were created to love God, be loved by God, and show the love of God to others”. Something I desire is first for our students to understand that they are sinners but have a God that loves them so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to take our place on the cross. After feeling the weight of this and truly grasping what took place at the cross, I want our students to fall deeply and passionately in love with Jesus because of what He has done for them. Finally, I want our students to boldly bear the image of God and not be ashamed to tell their friends, family, and all who they encounter about the name of Jesus.
This year, already, has been full of some great adventures with our students. Every month we take our students to Future Night. Future Night is a youth event where students from all across our city come together to worship and hear the word preached from Bold City Church Youth Pastor, John Teele. After the last Future Night my wife, Baleigh, stopped the group and broke down in tears and told all the volunteers and students that one of the students here with us is going to get saved this year. So that’s my prayer and my desire this year. To see one of our students come to salvation this year. I constantly wear an orange bracelet that has dates and a website on it. I don’t wear it to remember the dates of camp, or use it as a talking point with people, but it's my constant reminder to prayerfully pester our mighty God to save our students. Even as I am writing this I feel it on my wrist, so right now I am begging our God to save our students. To let them hear His word, realize their depravity and need for Him, and choose to surrender it all to Him and for Him.
I think what God has shown me through Student Ministry is that my brokenness, my inadequacies, and my insecurities are all overcome by His love and His Spirit. He has allowed me to do this through Him. I have so many doubts about myself, I constantly feel under qualified but I was reminded that Jesus called men that too were not qualified to be his disciples but they chose to follow Him and He did mighty things through them. I pray that God just uses me as a tool for His kingdom and glory and that through His word lives are radically transformed. God is big and I am not, and for that, I am thankful.
We desire this Student Ministry to not be a separate entity from the church, but rather want our church family to come alongside us in prayer and support so that our students feel loved by all. We’d love for you all to join us in prayer for our students.
- Pray that when they encounter Jesus they will respond. We know that it’s Jesus who saves, and changes hearts but we want our students to know that when they feel the call on their life that they can confidently and boldly respond by making a profession of faith.
- Pray for our team of volunteers that we build meaningful, life long, relationships with our students. We want to have a relationship with each of our students that is unique to each student so that we may individually speak into their lives, call out sin, and also call out of them their gifts that God has given to them.
- Pray for myself and my wife Baleigh. This is all so very new to us, and many times the devil attacks us by showing us our insecurities and our lack of experience in ministry.
We love our students, we love you our church family, and we love our future students and families of TDC. Join us on this mission. We can't wait to see what else God has in store for us in the coming years!
Post by Tyler Johnson
Student Director, The District Church