You’ve most likely seen the movie “Taken” before. If not, is a powerful movie of an American, teenage girl getting kidnapped in Paris by a sex and drug trafficking ring. It has come to our attention that there are numerous teenagers living in our area (Huntsville, AL) that have been trafficked to here. We have been informed that they have been moved here from American cities and foreign countries for the purposes of sex and drug trafficking. We want to do whatever we can to stop it, prevent it, and minister to those teens who have been involved in it. This Saturday at 11am, we are going to hear from Lynn Caffery who is running “The Studio” in Huntsville that reaches out to these teens. We are looking forward to hearing her story, vision, ministry, and heart. You are more than welcome to join us in our student building at 11am for this urgent ministry.
Our SMT’s are teams that CBSM students join in order to do ministry on a weekly basis. We strongly believe in spiritual giftedness, serving, and ministering through the church and for the glory of Jesus! We believe that God has given every teenager gifts, talents, and abilities that they are naturally good at. Through salvation, God redeems those gifts, talents, and abilities to for the use of His kingdom (Eph 4:1-11). We believe that every teenager should be using their giftedness specifically through the church (Eph 4:12). Lastly, we believe that every gift, talent, and ability should be used fully for the glory of Jesus (Eph 4:13-16). We want our teens to be bored if they aren’t serving Jesus in some specific way that reflects their giftedness. Lastly, We want our teens to understand that our ministry will not be as excellent, fruitfull, smooth, or cool without them using their giftedness for Jesus through CBSM.
Every semester we go over “how to discern their spiritual giftedness” with our students, and we announce all the different teams that they would get to serve on. They pick their teams, make their commitment to serve, and get on board for the rest of the semester.
FTL simply stands for Follow The Leader. In CBSM, we believe that leadership is “following Jesus and bringing others with you.” On top of biblical & theological training on weekly worship nights, life-applicational discussions in small groups, and spiritual gift training in our Student Ministry Teams…we also offer specific “Leadership Training” for the teens who want to go farther in following Jesus and bringing others with them. The teens who want this semester-long training must be saved, baptized, already faithfully attending everything at CBSM, and fill-out this FTL application. This semester, we will be studying “Gospel in Life” by Timothy Keller. This is both a DVD and Workbook study on how to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in the eight major arenas of daily life. It will be powerful, life-changing, and excellent training on how to be a follower of Jesus and leader of others to Him! FTL FALL 2011 App.doc
Every fall and spring we reset our SMTs by allowing our teens to pick new ones. We want to give every student an opportunity to use their spiritual gifts, serve Jesus, serve the church, and serve the community by putting them on an SMT that is perfect for them. This year, we have 28 SMT’s total for our high schoolers and middle schoolers. I also go over what spiritual gifts are, how to discover which gifts God has given you, and how to use your giftedness for Jesus’ glory in His church. So here are the SMT breakdowns and the quick lesson on spiritual giftedness. SMT Fall 2011 MS Breakdown.docSMT Fall 2011 HS Breakdown.doc 2011 You Got Skills (ppt).ppt 2011 You Got Skills (Overview).pdf
Here is our worksheet of all the SMTs that we’re offering this spring. Students, you can serve on the same team you did for the fall. You have first choice. If you want to change teams, you will be allowed to join any team that will still have room. Check this worksheet to see which team best fits your spiritual giftedness (SHAPE). SMT Spring 2011 Breakdown (doc)
Here is a list of all of our Student Ministry Teams, when they meet, what they do, and who their leaders are. Our SMTs are a vital part of our ministry…as we seek to be a ministry and not just a service. So many teenagers today are bored to death or preoccupied with so many things that just don’t eternally matter for the glory of Jesus. So we encourage ALL of our students to serve Jesus through their church by using their spiritual gifts on one of our SMTS. Here’s the list. SMT Fall 2010 Breakdown (doc)
I had a past professor/friend who asked me what we did to train leaders within our student ministry. I thought I’d share with you my most honest answer:
“First of all, we define leadership here at CBSM as: following Christ and bringing others along with you. So, our first focus is to center all of students onto Christ, and then we offer leadership training for those who want to both follow Christ and lead others toward Him. We do this in several different ways of course. First, we do this through preaching. I am convinced that I am called to primarily preach to my 12 grade guys even though there are students present in the room all the way down to 7th grade. I’ve learned that if I focus on my 12th grade guys, then I will reach them and all other students under them. But if I focus on younger students, I will get the younger students back…but I won’t get any of the older students for the most part. So training for leadership first starts through our preaching because preaching is what cultivates a heart for Christ most. We have a very specific system of preaching at CBSM… In 6 years (from 7th – 12th grade) we are preaching through the entire Bible (in order from Genesis – Revelation) and also through all 13 major Christian doctrines (from Doctrine of Christ – Doctrine of End Times). Our preaching is usually 45 minutes long, always Christ-centered, always expository, always grounded in the gospel, and always in your face challenging. That is what we’ve found produces and identifies leaders best. Continue reading →
Our KTL Ministry continues to be a huge hit at CBSM. KTL simply stands for kayruxon ton logon…which is Greek for “preach the Word.” That’s exactly what Paul kept repeating to Timothy over and over again. For whatever gracious reason, God continually is blessing us with many students who are called into the ministry. We want to be faithful to prepare these students not only for college, but also for immediate ministry opportunities that may come their way. We’ll have around 15-20 guys in our KTL ministry this spring, and possibly around 10 girls. The train the guys to teach and preach the Word, and we train the girls to teach the Word to other females and kiddies. So I just wanted to post for you our KTL Spring 2010 ministry application, expectations, and schedule. I pray this helps your mininstry somehow and in some way.
For whatever reason, God is graciously choosing to bless our student ministry with an extraordinary amount of students who believe they are called to full-time ministry…or starting to sense and consider that call. I’m honestly not sure why. There are nights that I preach the gospel for salvation, and students are called to ministry. Its weird, its crazy, but its happening. Just FYI: the biggest TREAT in this entire post is hearing close to 20 teens talk about God’s call on their life and what ministry they believe they’re called to. Definitely check out the mp3! Continue reading →
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