It’s crazy to think of where Student Ministries has come from… A group of LifePoint moms started student ministry from scratch; Chris Woodard spent years growing and shaping it, and now student ministry is growing to the point of us being out of room! All the credit goes to God. He is behind all movement at LifePoint and as a staff, we try and be incredibly vocal about that point. God gets the credit; we just get to be a part of it. This building is another movement God is doing and as a student pastor, I am really excited about how God can use it. Whether it’s space for boys to be boys, a place where relationships can be built, or just room to have some crazy youth group fun, this building will be a great tool. Jesus will show up and lives will be changed.
While youth ministry often seems like just fun and games, space is such a huge deal in students’ lives. They need space to play, to learn, to grow. Students express themselves through fun and games and connect and grow through relationships. Both of those things require unique spaces. This building will allow for that to happen.
I am excited to see this space become a place where we can bridge worlds. What I mean by that is, often times students seem like they are from a different planet and what they really need is a connection to older wiser mentors and leaders. Like I said before, students learn and grow through relationships and they need those people around them. Everything in this building is going to be multi-purpose. This building can be a place where we can bridge worlds and begin to form those relationships. Our desire is to see students be a part of LifePoint Church and not become their own separate silo. But, it can be scary as a student, stepping into a world which you don’t understand…like Sunday morning service, this building can provide a bridge for them to make it easier.
This building is going to allow for fun to happen and Jesus to be seen. The goal of our student ministry is to invite students into a growing relationship with Jesus. While this might look different than on a typical Sunday morning, it is by no means less impactful. When students begin and continue their relationships with Jesus, the trajectory of their entire lives are changed. We need others to make this happen. You impact our students. Bumping into them on Sunday morning, encouraging them when you see them doing a good job, building relationship with them as you serve with them on teams–all of these things shape and change their lives. I am excited that this building will allow more of that to happen. God continues to work in the lives of our students and I love watching God work.