Junior | Senior High School

When:  Sunday morning  |  11 am

Where:  Old North Church  |  SMCC

Our student ministry is all about helping young people do three things: LOVE GOD (Matt 22:36-38), SERVE OTHERS (Matt. 22:39-40), and SHARE THE HOPE (Matt. 28:18-20). We do this by encouraging students to grow in their love for God through worship and the study of his Word. As they respond to God’s love they are given opportunities to love both each other and their world through small discipleship groups and service projects. Finally, they are challenged to share the hope that they have in Christ by inviting friends to youth events and telling them about the Good News. The result is a continuous, self-replicating cycle of discipleship powered by the Holy Spirit! 

Abel Burke serves as our Youth and College Pastor at SMCC. You can learn more about him here. To contact Abel, email him at [email protected] or call the church office at ext 115.

Our student ministry is committed to faithfully carrying out Christ’s call to make disciples. As we consider who we are and the context in which God has placed us, we prayerfully embrace the following distinctive to help us clarify our ministry strategy and keep us focused on our primary mission. There are many ways to do student ministry. The following distinctive define how we do it!

Gospel Front and Center…

Because the gospel of Christ is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, we believe it should be the central focus of everything that we do. We strive to present the good news of Jesus Christ in every worship service, message, discipleship group, and activity. Sharing our hope is not only our duty, it is our delight!

Seek Disciples, Not Decisions…

Making disciples is not about collecting signatures, but about investing in lives that they might become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Our primary goal is not to draw crowds but to invest in those who Christ calls.

Make Them Healthy, Not Busy…

The church does no exist to fill calendars, but to lead sick people back to health.

Relationships Bring Them, Relationships Build Them, Relationships Keep Them…

Our student ministry hinges on developing relationships with young people so that their relationship with God might be restored, and their relationships with fellow believers might keep them glued and growing.

Content Over Entertainment…

Young people need to know the truth of the gospel. While the secular world will always beat the church in entertainment, it does not have the soul satisfying answers found in the Word of God. That’s where our focus needs to be.

Teaching Works Truth In, Service Works It Out…

As young people internalize and process the Word of God, being able to put their faith into practice validates, solidifies and enlivens it.