THE WHY, THE WHERE, THE WHO, AND THE HOW
TO EXIT 109 STUDENT MINISTRIES!
The goal at Exit 109 Student Ministries is to move every student involved at least one step deeper into a relationship with the living person of Christ every school year. How I like to describe the ministry system we have set up here at MCC is to use sort of a road map (pictured below). This road map lays out how every event, week of camp, or Wednesday night gathering all work together to take students and guide them into experiencing a hands-on applicable life lived for Christ (even if they are unaware that is what they are doing). I feel there are vital parts involved in the life of a Christian that today’s students are at the disadvantage of not getting. This travesty snowballs and upon graduation or maturation from teen to beyond, leaves them spiritually unbalanced and all too frequently searching to find themselves outside the church, let alone find their role in the Church at large. That is why my goal as the director of Student Ministries is to provide a safe environment where students can experience and participate in what it means to be a follower of Christ in today’s world. To give students experience practicing spiritual aspects of what it means to be a Christian which will hopefully make their transition to the next phase of life one that they choose to not do alone, but to rely on what they know, the Person of Christ, and allow Him to mold them into being the follower of Christ they know how to be.
Director of Student Ministires,
EXIT 109 STUDENT MINISTRY ROAD MAP!
On-ramps are made up of any event that is intentionally designed to be evangelistic. These events include 5th quarters, game nights, open gym basketball, open gym volleyball, and road-trips. Connect events are also included under the canopy of On-ramps. Connect events are things such as the new Years Over-nighter where we join in with other churches and do big blown up fun events. The whole purpose of On-ramps is to give different avenues where new students can integrate themselves into what we do at Exit 109 ministries in a low pressure, high fun fashion!
D-groups are very integral in everything we do here at Exit 109. D-groups are essentially open life-groups that are split up between middle school and high school students, and boys and girls. Not only do D-groups help with the application of lessons but they are how we can have deeper community especially with those people who are going through the same things at the same time.
The Funnels in which I refer to are the inlet and exit events as you can see on the Road Map. Inlet events are designed to be fun and enticing but yet are very important as they can be a spring board to build off of concepts learned last school year to propel into the upcoming one. Exit events usually start come summer when school is out, while gatherings do not cease like school-just the mentality shifts. A big focus for our Exit events is to take what the students have compiled from the school year and ultimately piece it all together and do something to the glory of God whether it be on a mission trip or some other way.
The Turn-around pictured on the Road Map above is not like most of the other events that we do. The purpose of this is for those students who are serious about growing deeper in their walk with Christ and to take time to focus on them. Instead of being an evangelistic-minded approach, this is designed to be very discipleship focused. We do this because while it is great to have new students and students bringing friends, these students need to continue to grow if they are going to be the source of “spiritual food” for their peers. This event is usually a retreat like CIY “Believe” or something similar.
Exit 109 Student gatherings take place regularly on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. going until 8:30 p.m. Our format is set up with a teaching rotation that we believe allows students to more exhaustively grasp the things we talk about. Our rotation usually follows the following pattern:
IN – These consist of a time of corporate worship usually followed by a fairly in-depth preaching style lesson. The night is rounded out with breaking up into age and gender specific D-groups to apply the concepts learned.
OUT – The purpose of the OUT is to take what was talked about on the week prior and apply it directly to real life. OUTs are our monthly service projects usually catered to foster environments where students have to step out of their comfort zones and participate in active implementation of learned concepts.
AROUND – The premise behind an AROUND is that the principle or topic extensively talked about in the IN and the experience of doing it in the OUT is all tied together and taught yet again in a different style using different kinds of presentations. AROUNDs are designed to be more of a teaching environment and tend to be light and more fun. They also have more a D-group focus, usually things are reflected upon as to what was learned and experienced.
UP – We end out every rotation with an UP. These are intentionally designed to be connection points to faster relationships, not just with each other, but also with their respective D-Group Leaders. That is why they are also called D-group Connect nights. These nights are usually planned out respectively by the different D-group leaders and designed to be fun fellowship nights and it is pretty typical for every d-group to be doing.