Find out more about ministry to teens at First Baptist.
First Baptist Church Muncie is a church family working together to bring God’s Kingdom to earth!
The youth ministry at First Baptist takes a family-based approach. Our ministry is committed to the reality that young people are an integral part of our church community. The youth program seeks to foster the maturing of faith in the youth of our church. The first principle of family-based youth ministry is this primary goal: to equip young people to grow toward mature Christian adulthood (that is, to present them “perfect” or “complete” in Christ). Colossians 1:28–29 expresses the goal of family-based youth ministry:
(Colossians 1:28-29 NIV) He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
“By focusing on equipping parents and the extended Christian family, churches can maintain an open and flexible stance toward the changes that will be demanded of youth ministry in the twenty-first Century” (Mark DeVries, Family-Based Youth Ministry, 117). This ministry requires the participation of the entire church. The focus for Christian adults is to encourage and mentor the youth of our community by example in service and spirituality. Furthermore, it is their responsibility to invite the youth to work and pray alongside them. This ministry is designed to encourage our youth in learning about all aspects of service and ministry. The youth have the opportunity not only to grow in their faith, but to have fun at the same time.
In partnership with families, the youth ministry of FBC exists to engage 100% of the students under its care, to train them to live independently in Christ, and to send them out as exceptional, godly men and women of integrity who will transform their homes, their schools, their churches, their workplaces, and their worlds for Christ.
The youth ministry is:
Youth ministry is a vital part of the overall church ministry. Our goal is to provide a supportive Christ-centered environment where youth may develop holistically—intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially (Luke 2:52)—so that they may know Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is our desire to see them become true disciples of Christ (Matt. 28:19, 20), so that they may serve and love God wholeheartedly (Luke 10:27). All youth programs and activities are designed with this goal in mind.
Youth ministry implements the tasks of modeling, counseling, teaching, praying, supporting, mentoring, training, discipling, and bridging. The message communicated to youth is not only by word or by action, but by providing a living example of Christian faith and realistic problem solving. All youth workers strive to gain the trust and respect of the youth as a foundation for personal friendship and mentoring.
This youth ministry desires to integrate youth into the life of the church body, to prepare them to become leaders now and tomorrow in the church, and to equip the young saints for the work of service (Eph. 4:12, 13). This youth ministry takes a team approach, and values the active support and involvement of parents and other adults in caring for the youth. Our goal is to lead teens to live a life pleasing to God and guide them to grow into spiritually mature, godly adults. The youth ministry of FBC assists parents by partnering with them in their God-given role of teaching and training their children to (1) know God, (2) cultivate Christlikeness, (3) apply scriptural truth to daily life, and (4) serve God and others.
What we should do is continue to provide a place for youth to be around other people their age and older, mature adults, as well as children who are younger than them. What we need to remember is that the youth minister and youth programs are not substitutes for the commitment that parents make to nurture their children into mature adulthood.
Through a variety of programs, events and outreach, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work, and mission of the church community. Sundays: corporate worship and youth group meetings. Extras: retreats, camps, Acquire the Fire, ski trip, Camp Barnabas mission trip.
Youth travel each summer to a place called Camp Barnabas. This is a mission trip for the youth. Camp Barnabas offers life-changing opportunities to people with special needs and chronic diseases. Our teens work hard to make the camp experience for people with special needs possible. Take a look at recent pictures from the 2014 trip.
The youth attend a ski trip called Skwim in Green Lake, Wisconsin in January.
Tippecanoe Baptist Camp is located in North Webster, Indiana. Youth and children from First Baptist attend Camp Tippy each year. Read more about Camp Tippy.