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 at least one step deeper into a relationship with the living person of Christ every school year. The way I like to describe the ministry system we have at MCC is to describe it as 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 areas in the life of a Christian that today’s students may not be developing. This travesty is seen upon graduation or adulthood when teens are spiritually under developed and all too frequently search to find themselves outside the church, let alone find their role in the Church. 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. I want to give students experience practicing spiritual aspects of what it means to be a Christian which will hopefully make their transition to their next phase of life one where they choose not do it alone but rely Christ, what they have learned, and allow Him to form them into the Christian 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 Quarter nights, 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 Overnighter where we join in with other churches and do big blown up fun events. The whole purpose of On-Ramps is to create different avenues where new students can integrate themselves into the Exit 109 ministries in a low pressure, high fun fashion!
D-GROUPS are very integral to 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 others who are going through the same things at the same time.
The FUNNELS TO which I refer are the inlet and exit events you can see on the Road Map. Inlet Events are designed to be fun and enticing but are very important as they can be a spring board to build on concepts learned during the last school year to propel them into the upcoming one. Exit Events usually start when school is out. The gatherings do not cease like school does-just the mentality shifts for the summer. A big focus for our Exit Events is to take what the students have learned during the school year and piece it all together and do something to the glory of God, whether it be a mission trip or something else.
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 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 personally 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 thoroughly 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 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 the week prior and apply it directly to real life. OUTs are monthly service projects usually designed to foster environments where students have to step out of their comfort zones and participate in active implementation of what they learned.
AROUND – The premise behind 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 of a D-Group focus, usually to reflect upon what was learned and experienced.
UP – We end out every rotation with an UP. These are intentionally designed to be connection points to foster relationships–not just with each other, but also with their respective D-Group leaders. That’s why they are also called D-group Connect nights. These nights are usually planned by the different D-Group leaders and designed to be fun fellowship nights.