Welcome to Central’s Student Ministry!

Central Student Ministry Goals

central-sm-logo-with-textThere are four goals we have for every student that comes through Central’s Student Ministry. We pray they…

1) Hear It

2) Know It

3) Live It

4) Own It

Everything we do will fit in one of these goals. That they Hear God’s Word through teaching and evangelism and that they will come to Know God’s Word through discipleship. Once a student comes to know Jesus Christ as Savior, we aim to help them Live their faith out daily through discipleship and missions. Our final goal is that every student would Own their faith as their own as they leave our student ministry and navigate into adulthood. 

What We Do

  • Youth Worship – Every Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 we have worship with our student praise team, a message from God’s Word that challenges and encourages our students, and we spend time in small groups to help us translate what we have heard and read during the message into a practical application for our life. Whether you are a 7th grader who has never been in church, or a Senior who has been in church since birth, we believe God has a word for you every week as we meet in the Underground.
  • Sunday School – Sundays at 9:00 we split into small groups for fellowship and Bible study. Each Sunday School class is divided by gender and grouped by grades.
  • Summer Activities – We have a lot going on each summer! Between youth camp, weekly worship, fellowships, and our summer mission trip there is always something to plug in to and get involved with.

SUMMER CAMP

  • Camp Fuego – located in Marshall Texas, at East Texas Baptist University, Fuego is a place our students have come to love, and a place that they look forward to returning each year.  It is 5 days during which our students grow closer to each other, and in their relationship to God through worship, dynamic speaking, Bible study, and small groups. It’s a place where they unplug from social media, phones, and the distractions of life, creating bonds and sharing experiences they will remember for a lifetime.
  • We only have a few spots available, so if your student is interested contact the office quick!
  • Camp Fuego Details
    • July 23-27, 2018
    • Cost: $200 ($100 should be paid by now to hold your student’s spot. $100 balance should be paid by July 15)
    • Click HERE for the Camp Fuego Medical Release Form – due by 7/1
    • Click HERE for Central Student Ministry’s Medical Release Form (must be notarized) – due by 7/1
  • If you have a van, SUV, or personal School Bus and are willing to help drive our group to camp, please contact Bro. Thomas (must pass a background check).

CSM MISSIONS

  • Summer – For the last several years we have offered 6-8 day mission trips for students to participate in. We spent a couple summers working with a church planter on Long Island, NY in 2015 & 2016. In 2017 we took a group and partnered with FBC Crystal Beach, TX doing local outreach and service projects and facilitating a church-wide revival. This summer we have a group of High School students going to Seattle, WA to work with a church planter doing community outreach, prayer walking, service projects, and homeless ministry.
  • Throughout the Year – We try to make it a point to offer opportunities for 1-day mission projects throughout the year (i.e., homeless ministry, helping in Central’s Food Pantry, community events, etc.). Also, every student is encouraged to help serve alongside Central at all the ministry & mission opportunities we have (Christmas Closet, block party, Vacation Bible School, Grill Team events, etc.). Several of our students have gone on church-wide mission trips with adult teams throughout the year.

ROOTED

  • An Apologetics Retreat – which began in 2012, is led each year by Pastor Wyman.  Every Fall we spend a weekend where we are given tools we can use in defending our faith.  We are blessed to have a pastor who takes the time, and sees the importance of pouring into our students knowledge that can benefit them in their daily lives.  And, of course, we always make time for campfires, smores, and a competitive game of Archery tag.

PraiseWorks

  • A Worship Arts Camp – PraiseWorks is a worship arts camp put on by the Arkansas State Baptist Convention. It offers breakout sessions in multiple tracks that correspond to the arts in worship (i.e. leading worship, photography, lights, sound, graphic design, dance, guitar, drums, and much more). Along with the breakout sessions, every student will be a part of a large youth choir, or an orchestra (they must audition for).
  • Great For – students on the CSM Praise Team or who may be interested in joining down the road, students who play or want to learn to play an instrument, students who are interested in serving in the non-musical aspects of worship (lights, sound, media, etc.).
  • Important Details – June 16-20 at Ouachita Baptist University. Total cost is $215, the student ministry will be offsetting this cost but it depends on the number of participants. Contact thomas@cbcnlr.org for specifics.
  • How to Register – Click Here to register at the ABSC’s website. You’ll create an account and register your student. It must be done through their site to give your student the best chance of getting the track they request (many are first-come, first-served). Once you are registered, your student can drop their $50 deposit, and all other payments, in the Black Drop Box in the Underground.

Resources

Check out Bro. Thomas’ random thoughts on student ministry and youth culture.

View/download a pdf of the Central Student Ministry “Medical Permission and Release Form For All Events.”

Scholarships are available for mission trips for Central Baptist Church members. If you have never received a GCF scholarship, you can download an application. If you have already received a GCF application for a previous trip but would like to reapply for a new one, you can download a RE-application.  Here are links that can better connect you to CSM: