Student Ministry Parent Resources

Parents, here you will find resources to help your child Connect to Jesus and Live for Jesus. Each month we will focus on different pillar for you teen to "Connect"
September - Connect to Jesus
October  - Connect to God's Word
November - Connect to Caring Adults
December - Connect to Other Students

Each month you will get a number of resources. You DO NOT have to do all of them. Pick and choose what will work be for you and your family.

November - Connecting to Caring Adults

We want our students to connect to adults that care for them and want to help grow their faith. Caring adults are you the parents and our student ministry team.

Axis.org - Parenting Website

This website is filled with great resources for you to be able to understand your teenager better and to connect to them within their culture.
I would encourage you to check out these links from their website
Cultural Translator - This is a weekly email that gives you info on what is going on in teen culture
Parents Guide - These parent guides are inexpensive PDFs that help you have conversations with your teen about all sorts of different topics such as TikTok, depression, teen slang and many others.

Table Talks

With our busy schedules it can be a struggle to get the whole family to sit down at the dinner table for supper. When you find the time to have those meals Table Talks are a great resource to help cultivate conversation with your teen. These resources can be used to help you have conversations with your teen about their lives, faith and other topics. A great resource to keep the conversation going at dinner time.
Table Talk 1 // Table Talk 2 // Table Talk 3 // Table Talk 4 // Table Talk 5 // Table Talk 6

Small Group Leaders

We have a great group of volunteers that volunteer with the desire to help students take steps in their faith. We have a great crew of sponsors for our Sunday morning programming at 10:30 and Wednesday night programming at 6:30.

Studies have shown the more caring adults in the lives of teens the more likely they will have a growing faith upon entering adulthood. 

We encourage you to have your teen involved with Sunday morning and Wednesday nights to have that connection with a caring adult.

We also encourage you to connect with these small group leaders.
To know who your teen's small group leader is contact Aaron Pier

Here are some questions to help you connect with your teen's small group leader.
What is the most rewarding part of working with my child?
What is the most challenging?
What is helpful in motivating my child to live out their faith?
How can I help you influence my child for Jesus?
How can I pray for you as my child’s small group leader?

October - Connecting to God's Word

Core 52 - Book

Core 52 is described as a fifteen minute daily guide to build your Bible IQ in a year.
Each week features a brief essay, memory verse, Bible story, trajectory verses, and practical ways to put what you’ve learned into practice. An optional “Overachiever Challenge” offers the chance to memorize the top 100 Bible verses by year’s end.
 
This simple approach allows you to become familiar with the big ideas of the Bible in less time and with less effort than other reading plans. In one year, you can master the core of the Bible—focusing on topics from God’s will to worry, happiness to holiness, and leadership to love. These fifty-two core passages are lenses through which you can read the rest of the Bible with clarity and confidence.
Foundations is a helpful tool to help teen study through the Bible.

With Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Teens, students can read through all 66 books of the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week. Along with supplementary devotional content each day, they can experience the miracle of reading and responding to the entirety of God’s Word. By using the H.E.A.R. journaling method, students will be guided through Highlighting, Explaining, Applying, and Responding to passages, allowing for practical application throughout the year-long plan.
This website is a great resource to help teens better understand the Bible. This website has videos for every section and book of the Bible to give you a brief overview of them. These videos help teens better understand God's word.

The Bible Explained - Reading Plan

The Bible is one of the most influential books of all time, but it can seem overwhelming to know how to understand it and what to do with it. This 7-day Bible study will help break down what the Bible is, why it matters, and how you can understand it today. Teens will also discover how you can put God’s Word in action in His world.
How to Start Reading the Bible is a reading plan that will help teens see where to start when it comes to reading God's word. This is an excellent 4 day reading plan.

James Challenge - Reading Plan

The James Challenge is a week long Bible reading plan through the book of James. James is a great book for teens to read through. It is very practical for everyday life.

How to Read the Bible - Right Now Media Series

In this series, Michael DeFazio (New Testament faculty at Ozark Christian College) will help you hear God’s voice by learning how to read the Bible more effectively.   There are 8 videos all about 20 minutes long. This would be something to do with your teen.

September - Connecting to Jesus

The "Real Jesus" is a book written by Jen Bradbury. This would be a great book to read along with your teen in helping them better discover who Jesus is. It is broken up into 50 short chapters.

These 50 devotional readings will bring the reality of Jesus to life for the teens in your life, helping them answer the same question he asked his friend, Peter: “Who do you say that I am?” The readings can be digested daily, studied by section, or powered through in just a few sittings. Each reading also contains quotes from real-life teenagers and questions to guide the reader into deeper personal reflection.

Who is Jesus - Video Lessons

"Who is Jesus" is Video lesson series on Right Now Media by Brody Jespersen. This would be great study to watch with your teens and have discussions. There are 5 lesson all around 15-20 minutes long.

The Incredible Christ - Devotional/Bible Study Tool

This resource contains 12 lessons, each one filled with scriptures and questions that your teen can do "on their own." This would be good for you to go through as well and have conversations with your teen about what you are both learning.

Hour With Jesus - Devotional Activity

An Hour with Jesus is a worship exercise for teens to go through to spend 60 minutes spending time with Jesus. It is broken up into twelve five minute sections. The teen will use the participation guide and you can use the facilitator guide to help you debrief with your child what the hour was like. I would encourage you as a parent to do the worship exercise as well.
Participation Guide 
Facilitator Guide

Living Like Jesus - Bible Reading Plan

"Living Like Jesus" is a 5 day Bible reading plan found on the You Version Bible app. This would be another great thing to do with your child and have conversations with them about what you are reading and learning.
This is a book written by Lee Strobel. This would be more academic activity. Strobel in this book looks at the evidence that Jesus is in fact who we believe him to be. Strobel looks at his life, his death, and resurrection. A book to look at together with your teen.