Students

We Are Kingdom Difference-Makers.


Welcome to Faithbridge Student Ministry! We partner with parents to pursue discipleship in the home. and intentionally develop students as they discover God's missional call to be a Kingdom difference-maker.

Our goal is simple: to disciple students in their walk with Christ. We are all about relationships, growth, and mission as we learn and experience what it really means to follow Jesus as a student.

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Upcoming Student Events

  • LAUNCH AND ELEVATE ONLINE

    Sunday, September 20 | Noon

    For 6th-8th graders: Join us as we play games, worship, and learn together with Junior High School Pastor Reid Epps & your crew leaders!

  • TREASURE ISLAND DRIVE-THRU

    Sunday, September 20 | 2-4pm

    *** EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER ***

  • POINTBREAK ROUNDTABLE

    Sunday, September 20 | 7pm

    A roundtable-style discussion alternating each week between adults and students, talking about big topics such as current events, theology, and questions about life.

  • CURIOUS SMALL GROUPS

    Wednesday, September 23 | 7pm

    Curious Small Groups exists to grow and develop students to become disciples of Jesus Christ who will then go and make more disciples of Jesus Christ.

  • LATE NIGHT LAUNCH

    Friday, October 2 | 9pm

    Late Night Launch is a fun-filled night specifically for 6th Grade students!

  • ELEVATE FALL RETREAT

    Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17

    Elevate Fall Retreat (for 7th & 8th Graders) is going to be awesome and you do not want to miss it!

  • THE RUSH CONFERENCE

    Friday, November 6 & Saturday, November 7

    This is a high school retreat for 9th-12th graders and is an opportunity to for students to get closer in their relationship with Jesus and build community with each other.

Discipleship

Our mission is to lead teens closer to Jesus.

What Is Discipleship?

Discipleship is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. By asking for discipleship, you are entering into the strongest form of personal development, spiritual growth, and accountability we offer at FSM. Through trust, honesty, and vulnerability, you will experience transparent relationships that will transform your life.

How Does It Work?

Discipleship is simply this: you and a peer of the same gender will connect with an adult mentor that is ready to intentionally pour into you in the context of scripture. Discipleship groups meet depending on the schedules of the mentor and students but usually set aside a weekly time to meet. Many discipleship groups meet before or after school at a coffee shop.

How Many Are In A Group?

A Discipleship usually consists of two students to one adult leader ratio. Sometimes we have one on one, but no more than three students at a time in one Discipleship group.


Amanda O'Kelley

Student Discipleship Coordinator

If you're ready to pursue a new level of depth in your relationship with Christ, ask to be discipled. We do not want this to just be another "to do" in your life, but an opportunity for authentic growth. For more info, you can e-mail amanda.okelley@faithbridge.org.

Parents

We deeply desire to partner with parents in the discipleship of their students.

Parent Partnership

We believe that parents are crucial in the continued growth of their students, and it is our goal to equip parents with tools and resources to actively engage in their students’ lives. We provide several tools that are designed to give parents easy access to discipling their student. These tools include Tips from the Toolbox, our weekly Snapshot, annual Parent Orientations, and quarterly Parent Workshops. We want to partner with you in order to promote and enable discipleship in your home. Please contact us to let us know how we can serve you.

Topical Parent Resources

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Leader Partnerships

In [FSM], we value our students being known and invested in because we believe that is how we make more and stronger disciples. One of the ways we accomplish this is by encouraging our leaders to reach out to the students they see on Sundays and Wednesdays. Our leaders do this in a variety of ways such as texting, calling, and attending functions such as plays, sporting events, and other activities. [FSM] leaders are thoroughly vetted, known, and background checked. Just like Jesus knew and invested in His disciples, we ask our leaders to do the same.

FSM Snapshot

The weekly FSM Snapshot is the best way to stay connected to all that's happening in Faithbridge Student Ministry. Our Snapshot is delivered every Thursday right to your cellular pocket technological device (amazing!) and includes campus-specific updates from Launch, Elevate, Pointbreak, and The Road.

Student FAQs

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Any student in 6th grade through 12th grade! Launch is what we call our 6th grade ministry, Elevate is our 7th-8th grade ministry, and Pointbreak is our high school ministry. Each of these ministries provides age-specific programming, catered to that particular age group. We realize the needs of each age group of students is quite different, so we seek to meet students right where they are.
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Your student can expect an environment where we prioritize relational connections, spur students into growth in Jesus, and challenge students to live on mission in their spheres. Your student can also expect to be poured into by leaders who give time weekly to invest in the lives of students.

On Sundays, a student can expect a worship experience for their ministry (Launch, Elevate, Pointbreak). These include a variation of worship, sermons catered to their age group, small group discussions, games, and more.

  On Wednesday nights, we host our Curious small groups. These are small groups led by adult leaders, divided by grade and gender. The really unique thing about these groups is that they stick together from 6th grade to 12th grade, developing deep relational traction and trust. 
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We believe that students are world changers for the kingdom of God! We prioritize establishing safe, trusted relationships for students with their peers as well as with leaders, creating a safe place for them to grow and look more like Jesus. We also challenge students to live on mission every day. We believe that these things establish a ministry experience that is transformation instead of transactional.
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Absolutely not! (See CPO's for who we are and what we believe) We welcome kid any child who has a desire to attend AND all of their questions bout God and Jesus. Our heart's desire is to point each and every one of them to the saving love of Jesus Christ.
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We have an extensive application process for anyone desiring to serve with students. All volunteers complete a volunteer application, FSM staff calls references for each volunteer, and then that volunteer must clear a background check as well as Ministry Safe training. As far as ministry specific training, we host a training annually for just new leaders, then host a training for all leaders at the beginning of each semester.  
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Jill Sullivan - FSM Director
Tyler Riley - High School Pastor
Reid Epps - Junior High Pastor
Maddie Koenig - Curious Groups Coordinator
Amanda O’Kelley - Student Discipleship Coordinator
Beth Hardisty - FSM Administrative Assistant
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“Discipleship groups” are groups smaller than our Curious groups, often times being one leader and two students. These groups usually meet weekly and because of their smaller numbers, they are more “life on life” or mentor-like groups. These groups walk through a pre-written curriculum or walk through Scripture together, discussing how it applies to their lives.
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We believe that God's house is for everyone, and we want your student to be part of Faithbridge Student Ministry and a disciple of Jesus! To determine the best ways to include and serve your student in our ministry activities, we would love to talk with you and schedule a time to meet both you and your student. Our goal is to do everything we can to provide all students with the necessary supports to facilitate inclusion. We do ask that you let us know in advance if and when your student is coming (we use the Remind app for scheduling) so that we can have supports and modifications in place, including a shadow if needed. Please contact Open Gates Coordinator J'Mor Walter for more information at jmor.walter@faithbridge.org.

Launch

The goal of Launch is to blast off with 6th graders as they head into junior high!


Launch is all about relationships as we seek after Jesus and grow in our faith! We believe this "in-between" phase is a critical time in a preteen's faith journey. We hope to engage their interests through exploring the Bible and affirming that God sees them, knows them, and loves them unconditionally. In a word, it's just awesome!

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Reid Epps

Junior High Pastor

For more information regarding Launch and Elevate, you can e-mail reid.epps@faithbridge.org.

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Elevate

Elevate is a fast-paced, high energy way to introduce junior highers to Jesus and accelerate their faith walk!



Elevate is a junior high church experience like no other, designed specifically to help 7th - 8th graders connect with Jesus, each other, and a caring adult. We also train and develop our students to be difference-makers in God’s Kingdom through numerous mission projects, Bible study, and discipleship.

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Reid Epps

Junior High Pastor

For more information regarding Launch and Elevate, you can e-mail reid.epps@faithbridge.org.

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Upcoming Junior High Events

Discipleship

Our mission is to lead teens closer to Jesus.

What Is Discipleship?

Discipleship is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. By asking for discipleship, you are entering into the strongest form of personal development, spiritual growth, and accountability we offer at FSM. Through trust, honesty, and vulnerability, you will experience transparent relationships that will transform your life.

How Does It Work?

Discipleship is simply this: you and a peer of the same gender will connect with an adult mentor that is ready to intentionally pour into you in the context of scripture. Discipleship groups meet depending on the schedules of the mentor and students but usually set aside a weekly time to meet. Many discipleship groups meet before or after school at a coffee shop.

How Many Are In A Group?

A Discipleship usually consists of two students to one adult leader ratio. Sometimes we have one on one, but no more than three students at a time in one Discipleship group.


Amanda O'Kelley

Student Discipleship Coordinator

If you're ready to pursue a new level of depth in your relationship with Christ, ask to be discipled. We do not want this to just be another "to do" in your life, but an opportunity for authentic growth. For more info, you can e-mail amanda.okelley@faithbridge.org.

Pointbreak

We believe it's important to help students build a strong Biblical-foundation as they approach adulthood.


Take one look, and you will quickly discover that Pointbreak is a student ministry dedicated to helping teenagers experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ! Our goal is for high school students to thrive in community with other teens and be discipled in their walk with Jesus. We are a community that strives to be real with each other as we grow in our faith in Christ.

Pointbreak What's Update

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Tyler Riley

High School Pastor

For more information regarding Pointbreak, you can e-mail tyler.riley@faithbridge.org.

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Upcoming High School Events

  • No upcoming events are scheduled

Discipleship

Our mission is to lead teens closer to Jesus.

What Is Discipleship?

Discipleship is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. By asking for discipleship, you are entering into the strongest form of personal development, spiritual growth, and accountability we offer at FSM. Through trust, honesty, and vulnerability, you will experience transparent relationships that will transform your life.

How Does It Work?

Discipleship is simply this: you and a peer of the same gender will connect with an adult mentor that is ready to intentionally pour into you in the context of scripture. Discipleship groups meet depending on the schedules of the mentor and students but usually set aside a weekly time to meet. Many discipleship groups meet before or after school at a coffee shop.

How Many Are In A Group?

A Discipleship usually consists of two students to one adult leader ratio. Sometimes we have one on one, but no more than three students at a time in one Discipleship group.


Amanda O'Kelley

Student Discipleship Coordinator

If you're ready to pursue a new level of depth in your relationship with Christ, ask to be discipled. We do not want this to just be another "to do" in your life, but an opportunity for authentic growth. For more info, you can e-mail amanda.okelley@faithbridge.org.

Curious

We are better together and small groups give students a place to do life with Jesus and each other.



We believe that life is best lived in community, which is why we strongly encourage all students to get involved in a Curious Small Group at the start of the school year. Each group consists of around 8-12 students of the same gender and grade and 2 adult leaders. Currently, small groups meet weekly on Wednesday nights and gather virtually on Zoom with their leaders after watching a Curious Online livestream.

Register for Curious!

We Are Here For You!

We don’t ask for perfection, we ask for a desire to show up, to share your life, and to encourage others to share theirs as well. Be a pursuer of community, not just a receiver, and experience the truth that as a part of the church, you are not alone!

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Maddie Koenig

Curious Small Groups Coordinator

For more information regarding Curious Small Groups, you can e-mail maddie.koenig@faithbridge.org.

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Upcoming Small Group Events

Discipleship

Our mission is to lead teens closer to Jesus.

What Is Discipleship?

Discipleship is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. By asking for discipleship, you are entering into the strongest form of personal development, spiritual growth, and accountability we offer at FSM. Through trust, honesty, and vulnerability, you will experience transparent relationships that will transform your life.

How Does It Work?

Discipleship is simply this: you and a peer of the same gender will connect with an adult mentor that is ready to intentionally pour into you in the context of scripture. Discipleship groups meet depending on the schedules of the mentor and students but usually set aside a weekly time to meet. Many discipleship groups meet before or after school at a coffee shop.

How Many Are In A Group?

A Discipleship usually consists of two students to one adult leader ratio. Sometimes we have one on one, but no more than three students at a time in one Discipleship group.


Amanda O'Kelley

Student Discipleship Coordinator

If you're ready to pursue a new level of depth in your relationship with Christ, ask to be discipled. We do not want this to just be another "to do" in your life, but an opportunity for authentic growth. For more info, you can e-mail amanda.okelley@faithbridge.org.

Special Needs

We believe in providing a gospel-centered, inclusive environment for individuals with specific needs.

Special Needs

Our heart is to love and serve children, students, and adults with special needs and lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We desire to support, affirm, and provide hope to the families of children with special needs. Every person who enters our doors is a gift and each has tremendous value in the church and among our body of believers.

Do you want to volunteer with our special needs ministry?

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Jennifer Tisch

Open Gates Director

For more information regarding our special needs ministry, you can e-mail jennifer.tisch@faithbridge.org.

The Road

We believe mission is a lifestyle and that each student is called to be a Kingdom difference-maker.



The Road is the most substantive opportunity of growth, impact, and development we offer students. We believe student ministry is not just a ministry for students, but the ministry of students to the world. The Road invites students to answer the call of the Gospel and engage on mission. Our goal is to be and make Kingdom Difference-Makers.

Living On Mission

Opportunities vary from delivering food to local food and outreach partners to telling the Good News on the streets of London. The Road sends students across the state, the USA, and the world. From Alabama to El Savador, students can serve from 1 week to 2 weeks.


Seth Martin

The Road Lead Director

Join the journey! For more information regarding The Road, you can e-mail seth.martin@faithbridge.org.


Michael Frnka

The Road Director

Join the journey! For more information regarding student missions, you can e-mail michael.frnka@faithbridge.org.

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Upcoming Mission Events

  • No upcoming events are scheduled

Discipleship

Our mission is to lead teens closer to Jesus.

What Is Discipleship?

Discipleship is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. By asking for discipleship, you are entering into the strongest form of personal development, spiritual growth, and accountability we offer at FSM. Through trust, honesty, and vulnerability, you will experience transparent relationships that will transform your life.

How Does It Work?

Discipleship is simply this: you and a peer of the same gender will connect with an adult mentor that is ready to intentionally pour into you in the context of scripture. Discipleship groups meet depending on the schedules of the mentor and students but usually set aside a weekly time to meet. Many discipleship groups meet before or after school at a coffee shop.

How Many Are In A Group?

A Discipleship usually consists of two students to one adult leader ratio. Sometimes we have one on one, but no more than three students at a time in one Discipleship group.


Amanda O'Kelley

Student Discipleship Coordinator

If you're ready to pursue a new level of depth in your relationship with Christ, ask to be discipled. We do not want this to just be another "to do" in your life, but an opportunity for authentic growth. For more info, you can e-mail amanda.okelley@faithbridge.org.