We Love Students!
We love students! We have students in junior and senior high, undergraduates from a number of area colleges, as well graduate students from a number of departments at Notre Dame – you can’t throw a stone in the church without hitting one. And it’s one of the most exciting aspects of our church. Why?
Our approach here, as everywhere else in how we do church life, is to be missional. Being missional in student ministries means four basic things: we care about pushing the gospel down deep into the hearts of Christians (intensive growth), we care about sharing the gospel out in the world with those who don’t believe (extensive growth), we care about integrating into the broader Christian community (communal growth), and care about sending people out into the world (missional growth). So the reason we’re excited about students is because students are missionaries – to their schools, to their friends, in their jobs and future vocations. And we get to help build up the Church by preparing and equipping them. So what does that look like?
Junior and Senior High
All junior and senior high students are welcome to join the youth ministry as we seek to follow Christ as his disciples. Our chief goal is to introduce students to Jesus Christ through relational ministry so that they might place their faith in him and become his disciples. God wants people of all ages to follow him and we want to guide students on that journey. Junior and senior high believers are full-fledged members of Christ’s body and deserve to be given the chance to contribute to God’s mission.
In the youth ministry, students will experience a loving community where they can develop committed relationships with their peers and adult leaders that will spur them on in their faith journey. God’s Word will be taught in a hermeneutically accurate, age specific, and practical fashion so that students can understand God’s truth and apply it to their lives immediately! And, of course we will be playing lots of games to foster a spirit of light-hearted fun to help alleviate students of the immense stress that comes with life during puberty.
The youth gatherings will be led by our Director of Student Ministries, Justin Reemtsma, and a team of devoted volunteers.
When do we meet? The students gather on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8 pm for a time of games, worship, and teaching.
Additionally, there are periodic youth events on the weekends that will be posted on the church’s Facebook & Instagram page so you can plan to be there!
Missional college ministry is unique. The last thing students in the university need is to be surrounded only by other students their ages or that share only their interests (academic or otherwise). Instead of keeping all the students together and isolating them from the rest of the church, we train and equip them to imbibe and embody the gospel by being fully integrated and active members of the church family. Students also serve the rest of the body through ministry teams. Our prayer is that they’ll go back to campus encouraged and excited by the gospel – whether they’re undergraduates who live on campus or graduate students who commute but are a presence in an academic department, we hope to equip them to find new ways and avenues to advance the gospel. We also pray that after they’ve graduated or moved on that they’ll have developed strong habits of deep involvement with church life.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com