BeFree Student Ministry
This is a working document, developed by Bjorn Anderson and the Student Ministry Team, to cast a vision for how Student Ministry at BeFree will develop in the coming years.
- Matthew 22:37-40, 28:18-20: Great Commandment/Great Commission (Irreducible Core of Christian Life): Student ministry at BeFree should be grounded in the idea of loving God supremely, loving others sacrificially, and making disciples as an overflow of our love for God and others.
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Parents who are practicing the I.C. of the Christian life will disciple their children in all aspects of their lives.
- Psalm 78:3-7, 2 Timothy 1:5-7: Parents are the primary people called to disciple their children.
- 1 Timothy 4:12: Students are incorporated into the normal life of the church.
- Habakkuk, Job, Lamentations: Scripture encourages doubt and conversation with God (wondering questions) and lands on the faithfulness and goodness of God and the person of Jesus.
- Students understand the Gospel and participate as disciples, not consumers.
- Students develop a Christ-centered worldview through critical thinking, asking questions and expressing honest doubt with the goal of owning the non-negotiable aspects of the Christian faith.
- Discipleship begins in the home, continues in the structure of the church, takes expression in student-specific ministries, and overflows to mission to those in the community.
- Students develop a sense of mission and Christ-centered adventure with a growing heart for the lost.
- Students are rooted in inter-generational, Christ-centered relationships.
- Students understand the community of faith translates into missionary fellowship in the community; BeFree students recognize they are “in this together” with other Christ followers.
- First Pathway – The Home: Through the ministry of BeFree, families are encouraged and equipped to disciple their children in the Gospel in the flow of life and intentional practices. Practices include training of parents in discipleship of their kids (intentional Gospel conversations, family worship, etc.), keeping parents informed of topics/subjects discussed in DIG, creating family-friendly schedules that maximize time for families to be together.
- Second Pathway – The Church: Students are discipled in the same way that other BeFree members are discipled. Practices include participation in worship gatherings, participation on service teams (DIG, worship, sound, clean-up, etc.), involvement with Community Groups along with their families.
- Third Pathway – Student-Specific Ministry: We recognize the need for students to grow and explore faith in an environment that is uniquely structured to their stage of life. Practices include a specific DIG class for middle school students and the formation of a High School Community Group.
- Outflow – Missional Engagement: We prayerfully expect that intentional discipleship of students in the home and the church will result in engaging other students in the schools and community for the sake of the Gospel. Practices include utilizing Young Life/Wyld Life Club to engage unchurched friends, regular service trips domestically/internationally.