Our student ministry is based on a couple of key commitments held by our pastors.
First, we believe discipleship and training is the primary responsibility of parents. Because of this, part of our approach is to encourage, and equip parents to take the lead in this process. This does not mean we don’t have any part in their spiritual formation. However, we know that our words will likely fall on deaf ears if Biblical truth isn’t being reinforced at home.
Second, we believe that a large factor in the huge “drop-out” rate (i.e. young people who grow up in church but stop attending after they graduate) is a faulty approach to student ministry that emphasizes activities and programs and that isolates students from the rest of the church. Though we have lots of fun activities, our primary focus is on teaching and training young people and helping them to transition into adulthood with a strong and biblically rooted faith that will stand whatever tests they may face in the future.
Pam McCaslin is currently leading our young people. She has served as a teacher and guidance counselor at HCMS for 21 years. She is a wife, mom, and grandma. Pam is growing in her faith and has a passion to see our students know God more fully.
As our Wednesday night Bible studies come to an end we will be resuming our regular programs, including our student ministry. With this transition the student ministry will start a new curriculum focusing on helping our young people understand their identity in Christ. Honestly, there probably isn’t a more important topic for them to consider. Identity is a huge issue for young people in today’s world. Their struggle to know who they are is at the root of so much of the difficulties they face as teenagers. This is why peer pressure is such a struggle. They are seeking to find their identity in relationship to other people. This is also why so many young people struggle with depression and even suicidal thoughts. Those things are a result of not feeling confident in their God given identity. These lessons will help our students find their identity in Christ. When a young person truly understands their position as a beloved child of God, specially chosen by him, and are part of a loving, Christ-centered community their sense of identity will be much stronger. We want to encourage parents to engage your children in discussion about the material they are studying. For Union Baptist to cultivate a culture of growing disciples in community it must begin at home. Our first priority in discipling is our own children.
Here is the basic curriculum for discussion at home.