5 Things Every CBSM Parent and Student Needs to Know for the Fall Semester

Hey CBSM Parents, Students, and Stalkers!

Here are 5 quick things all yall need to know about CBSM this fall and for the rest of the semester!

1. Small Groups this Sunday AM. Yes, we are kicking off our brand new small group semester tomorrow morning! All of our 6th – 12th graders are invited to attend at the 9am or 10:30am hour starting with announcements all together in the student building. We have small groups for everyone at both hours. CBSM teens, please plan to bring a drink or breakfast snack for your small group to share. Scroll down to find more info on this below.

2. Student Ministry Teams this Sunday PM. We want all of our students to come back this Sunday night at 6:30pm to join one of our “SMT’s”. At 6:30pm in the student building, I will teach our students really quick on how to discover their own personal spiritual giftedness, then we will announce the student ministry teams for the semester, and then they can pick their own student ministry team to serve on for the semester. Scroll down to find more info on this below.

3. Combined Worship Service this Wednesday PM. We have decided to combine our middle and high school ministries back together for Wednesday night worship services over the fall semester. This Wednesday we will kick it all off with a free cookout for all 6th – 12th graders from 6:00 – 6:25pm. We will crank up our combined worship service at 6:30pm, and there I will explain what all we have in store for our upcoming fall semester!

4. Back 2 School Bash: Wed, August 29, 2012. Our B2SB is one of the biggest events we do all year. The purpose is to bring as many teenagers as possible to CBSM at one time. We want to introduce them to Jesus, the gospel, CBSM, and Capshaw. So from 4:30 – 9:30 on Wednesday, Aug 29, we’re bringing in tons of games, inflatables, cooking up a on of food, throwing a crazy service, and ending it out with an awesome chill time together till 9:30pm. We want your students there bringing their friends with them! Scroll down to find more info on this below.

5. FTL Leadership Traning. FTL stands for Follow The Leader. This leadership training class is for our high school students who want to grow deeper and go farther in their leadership. So it is for 9th – 12th grade students and it will be offered on Sunday nights from 7:30 – 9:00pm. We will be reading “Gospel-Centered Discipleship” by Jonathan Dodson, and the books will be provided for the students. The required application and more information can be found here: https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/08/18/ftl-fall-2012-cbsm-leadership-training-group/

I hope ALLLLL of this information helps you keep everything straight as we kick off our best semester yet in CBSM!

Only by His grace,
Pastor Chip

SMT Set-Up for Fall 2012

Here is our SMT (Student Ministry Team) Set-Up for Fall 2012. Our SMT’s exist because teenagers having a place to serve often doesn’t. We don’t just want our teens to worship and do small groups together, but we also want every one of our teens to have an opportunity to obey God in serving Jesus through His church together (Ephesians 4:1-6). So here’s what our SMT’s look like this semester. For the most part, they will all meet on Sunday nights from 6:30 – 7:30 unless noted otherwise. They are for all of our 6th – 12th graders.

SMT’s for Fall 2012 (Viewable and Printable Version): SMT Fall 2012 Breakdown.doc

CBSM Promotion Sunday: August 19th

CBSM’s Promotion Sunday will be this Sunday, August 19th.
All of our students will move up into their new small groups with new small group leaders to disciple and mentor them starting this Sunday! This is the perfect Sunday to get involved. All our our new small group students will get to know their new small group leaders, eat some breakfast together, meet all of the other teens in their small groups, and even set some personal/spiritual goals for this year.

Our upcoming 6th graders will finally join us for our CBSM worship services, small groups, SMT’s, and events starting this Sunday!

Our new SMT’s (Student Ministry Teams) will begin this Sunday night at 6:30pm!

Our new combined worship service for both middle and high schoolers on Wednesday nights will start next week!
I could not be more excited about all that God has in store this upcoming school year for CBSM!
2012 Small Groups Start Leaders Letter

2012 SMT’s: Student Ministry Teams of CBSM

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.

Here are the 2 documents of our SMT’s for both Middle and High School
Middle School SMT Line-Up: SMT Spring 2012 MS Breakdown.doc
High School SMT Line-Up: SMT Spring 2012 HS Breakdown.doc

New CBSM Middle School and High School Ministries

I literally can barely believe this is happening! God has grown our student ministry to the point that we don’t have any other choice. We absolutely have to go to 2 ministries within CBSM. Our events, worship services, etc. have gotten too big to handle. So now, we are having to move to 2 ministries so that we can specialize in each age group. That’s right…its time for CBSM Middle School and High School Ministries. Oh, and by the way, we’re not dividing or splitting up these ministries. But we are multiplying into these two ministries. That’s key wording for this awesome move of God! Here’s how its going to breakdown.

Middle School (6th – 8th Grades):
Beginning August 7th: Small Groups at both 9:00am and 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
Beginning August 14th: Worship Service at 6:30-7:45pm on Sunday nights.
Beginning August 14th: SMT’s (Student Ministry Teams) at 6:30-7:45pm on Wednesday nights.
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: Sun, August 21st! 4 – 6pm: Tons of Inflatable Games, Food, Etc. 6:30 – 8:00pm: Epic Worship Service.

High School (9th – 12th Grades):
Beginning August 7th: Small Groups at both 9:00am and 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
Beginning August 14th: SMT’s (Student Ministry Teams) at 6:30-7:45 on Sunday nights.
Beginning August 17th: Worship Service at 6:30-8:00pm on Wednesday nights.
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: Wed, August 24th! 6-7:30pm: Epic Worship Service. 7:30-10pm: Bonfire, Food, Chillin with Friends.

So there you go. There’s our breakdown. We can’t wait to see everything that God is going to do in our lives, ministry, and church through this growth. Keep focused on Jesus through all this, reach the lost, invite the unchurched, and lets attack hell with the truth of the gospel!

CBSM Student Ministry Teams (SMTs) for Spring 2011

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)

CBSM Student Ministry Teams (SMTs) Fall 2010

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)

CBSM SMT’s: our Student Ministry Teams spring 2010 schedule

Free resource for youth pastors:

SMT Spring 2010 Breakdown (doc)

I have never been a part of a church before where students love to serve Jesus so much.  We take it very seriously here…but we have so much serving Him together!  Our students do a very good job at assessing their own spritual giftedness by Christ, picking their ministry team to serve on, and remain faithful to that ministry team.  We started with 4 ministry teams a couple of years ago, we then went to 8, and then to 12.  Now we’re at about 15 SMTs!  So if you’re a youth pastor like I am who’s curious as to what all the other youth pastors are doing, feel free to check this out and steal all our ideas.  Its working…as God is using it greatly!

24: A Sunday in the Life of a Youth Pastor

We had an extrordinary day of worship yesterday.  My plan was to get to the church a little early in order to put the finishing touches unto Sunday school at 8am here at the church.  When I was rolling in, I noticed way more cars than normal (since I’m normally about the only one here at that time).  Then I remembered…prayer breakfast!  That was a great thing since I was hungry.  So I skipped into the gym, got me some biscuits, gravy, chocolate gravy even, and and about a gallon of coffee…to start my day off right!  There our worship Pastor, Brandon, did a fantastic job of addressing our men on being the leaders of worship in the church.

Right after that I went over to the student building (which was freezing cold because of the temperature change and no one got to the thermostat yet).  Sunday school went very well.  I was pleased.  Continue reading