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					       O.R.B.I.T. Middle and High School Student Ministry Vision, and Mission
                                  Steve Blanchard


I believe that student ministry should reflect the identity, mission, and vision that the church is called to
because the students are the church too.

The church is called to make Disciples of Christ Matt. 28:18-20. Discipleship is a process and not a
completion of a program. Student ministry is about making disciples of Jesus too.

The question that needs to be answered is: How does the church make disciples? The answer to this
question also answers what we need to do to make disciples of students. I see the youth ministry making
disciples with the same process; however, sometimes the methods in youth ministry look different than
adult ministry. I believe it’s important that there is unity with all the ministries in the church.

First Christian Church’s Purpose is to: LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS (Matt. 22:37,38). First Christian
seeks to accomplish this through: Connecting, Growing, Serving, and Going.

But before we get into that, let me share with you O.R.B.I.T. Student Ministry’s vision:

                                               Vision Statement

                 I envision students from the time they step into middle school and by the time they step
                  out into the real world to be following Christ as their Lord.

                 I envision a youth ministry that ministers to the uniqueness of every student in it. I
                  believe that this can be accomplished by setting students up with spiritual moms and dads
                  to walk with those students throughout their middle and high school years.

                 I envision a ministry to the parents of students that help equip them to learn how to
                  disciple their children. The most influential person on a student is their parent/s. Since
                  they have the greatest impact on the students, then they need to know how to bring their
                  children up in the Lord.

                 I envision a youth ministry where new students show up and are cared for by both adults
                  and other students. Students notice these new students and care more about connecting
                  with the new student than just hanging with their friends.
                I envision a youth ministry that longs to live out the Great Commandment and the Great
                 Commission. I would love to see students so consumed with accomplishing these
                 commands of the Bible that others notice.

                                       FCC Youth Mission Statement

                                              Make Disciples


                                         Loving God, Loving Others

How do we “do” the mission statement? We “do” the mission statement by: Connecting, Growing, Serving,
and Going which is the same as our church, however, our wording is different.

We are taking the name O.R.B.I.T. student ministries for our identity. Let me explain:

We want students to “ORBIT” God in all that they do, thus being obedient to Him in all things.

O.R.B.I.T. stands for the following:

Overtake – We want students to Connect with God and become overtaken with His love. This involves
becoming a Christian and wanting to worship Him.

Relate – We want students to Grow in their relationships with each other and the church.

Broaden – We also want students to Grow in their knowledge of God’s word.

Involve – We want our students to Serve in and outside the church in ministry. It may mean setting up
chairs to running sound to whatever needs to be done.

Tell – We want our students to Go and share Christ with their unsaved peers. This may mean inviting them
to church or our Wednesday midweek program or just being able to share with them about their faith in

Notice that O.R.B.I.T. is another way of accomplishing our church’s purpose of Love God, Love Others
through Connecting, Growing, Serving, and Going.

Here is what we currently offer for O.R.B.I.T. student ministry:

        Overtake: Wednesday weekly program with a band, food, and relevant message and small group
        time. Everyone is welcome and goal is to connect students in a relationship with God. The gospel
        is shared within a relevant message. We often use video clip illustrations.

        Relate: Anytime we gather to do something – whether its capture the flag or going to a football
        game or staying overnight at a youth event. Also Sundays we are launching an acoustic worship
        time with a bible study and sometimes mixing it up with a fun activity. – the purpose is to grow in
        our relationships with one another. We offer different activities such as Believe (middle school),
        Acquire the fire or Dare2Share, or Xtreme Winter (high school) and REACH – a middle and high
        school local missions project during the summer.
         Broaden: We currently offer a Sunday morning bible study at 9am and a once a month leadership
         training and development after 2nd service so that students can grow in their knowledge of God’s
         word and get equipped to do what He wants them to be doing.

         Involve: We offer opportunities to serve such as: worship band, audio and visual person, special
         during church, reading a scripture, sharing a testimony at church, service projects such as raking
         leaves to mowing a yard. Become an active church attendee with the goal of getting your entire
         family attending church with you.

         Tell: We want to encourage students to go and tell their friends about Jesus. We don’t want our
         students to be shy or ashamed of the gospel but to proclaim it boldly to their lost friends in Poteau!

I also believe that it’s important that we stick to our mission and not get side tracked with a bunch of
activities that aren’t going to accomplish it. I want to be a partner to help students to Love God and Love

If you are a parent and are reading this – I would love for you to be able to get involved. There are many
different things you can do from supplying food to becoming a small group leader. I can help you find a
place and want you involved.

Steve Blanchard

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