Hey, I’m New To Bay Area:
If you’re new to Bay Area Community Church, or just checking out our website to decide if you want to visit, you might be asking, “What does Bay Area offer for my middle or high school student?" You might be wondering what goes on during our student gatherings (services) or how to get your student signed up for an event. Maybe you're just looking for resources to help your student grow in their faith beyond our student ministry. Whatever your question might be, we hope the tools and links below will help you out.
If we could boil down our ministry to two main ideas, it would be Person & Place.
We desire that every student who enters The Warehouse doors would be known. When a student walks in, they would be greeted by peers and commited adult leaders who have a passion to walk alongside them as they live out the gospel.
Whether it is our Amplify Wednesday night Gathering or any of our exciting events, we want to create a safe environment that helps foster relationships - a place where students can drop their guard and make friends.
Our purpose statement: To help students develop such passion for Jesus and compassion for others that they don’t graduate from their faith when they graduate from our ministry.
We enjoy being with middle and high school students – all ages, from all backgrounds, and from diverse points along their spiritual journey. Our desire is to create environments that develop trust, build natural friendships, and ultimately point them to Christ. Students deserve safe and secure places where they are welcomed, cared for, and respected by all. We are committed to protecting the physical, emotional and spiritual safety of students so each one can see and hear clearly from a loving God and caring adult leaders.
Parents are the primary influencers in a student’s life – and we are on their side. Our desire is to partner with families as they grow together and move closer to Christ. We do not want to undermine or replace a student’s parents; rather, we want to leverage our ministry resources to have a greater, Godly influence on each student. We will offer parenting workshops, connecting points with our ministry leaders, counseling, and resources that can help parents disciple their children. We welcome parents to observe and/or volunteer at any of our gatherings or events.
#3 GOD’S WORD
God is the great communicator, and His Word is the compass that will provide each of us with direction, discernment, and revelation for our lives. Our goal is to provide relevant, Biblical teaching in all our environments, assist students in developing spiritual disciples so they foster a life-long commitment to the Bible, and to help them discover the truth found only in His Word.
Students are capable of giving, serving and leading – these are the things that Jesus did, and He wants students to follow His example. We believe that students are as capable of reaching their friends, spreading the Gospel, and helping the hurting as much as any adult. As students grow in their relationship with Christ, we want to empower them as servant-leaders, and disciple them through training, mentoring, accountability, and encouragement.
Student ministry is all about relationships – with their peers and godly adult leaders. Our desire is to create environments that are safe, fun, and open to every student regardless of their background. We work hard to help students be known, and know others. This can be a challenge in this ‘relationship-from-a-distance’ world of social media; however, we believe that God does His best work in the context of relationships. Whether its through our large group gatherings, our small group discipleship format, our many fun events, or community service/mission projects, we want to foster a sense of community and relationship.
Students live in a sometimes stressful world of academics, peer pressure, competitive sports, achievement, and very little margin. They often just need a place to have good, clean fun with friends in a place where people know their name. If students have fun, they’ll want to keep coming back. If they keep coming back, they’re more likely to enjoy being with God’s people and be opened to the message of the Gospel. We offer a balance of events, retreats, camps, service projects, gatherings, and activities that allow students to enjoy some of the best parts of being a teenager. We value having fun!
• Fun Segment (snacks, games, and fun videos)
• Worship Segment (music, videos, offering, and monthly communion)
• Teaching Segment (relevant, Bible-based teaching series designed to help students navigate the exciting, yet awkward journey between elementary and high school)
• Community Group Segment (same-gender, grade-specific groups lead by trained leaders who help students apply the teachings to their lives).
Amplify takes place from 6:30-8:30pm each Wednesday with an optional dinner beginning at 6pm. Dinner costs 5$ and we announce what it will be every Monday in our weekly email. Students will love all four segments! Ultimately, they'll leave better equipped for another week of real-world challenges!
In addition, they will hear relevant, challenging messages while in a community of their peers. Topics are chosen that meet students where they are, yet challenge them to grow deeper in their faith. Our summer gatherings features free coffee/donuts, games/mixers, fun videos, live worship, and a Biblically-based message.
Some easy ways your student can better get plugged in:
Come regularly: Sometimes students may feel disconnected from others and the ministry. Often this is because of not being in the loop on current events and message topics, which usually bring great bonding opportunities among those present. To the student, he/she may be losing out on some of those memory-making moments by simply not being around. Regular attendance is a great and easy step to take to build a consistent groove with God and others. We encourage students to attend at least 3 times before they decide to not come anymore.
Speak up: Almost every gathering has an opportunity for students to share with others what’s going on in their lives. As with any group dynamic, it’s easy to stay silent and let the “talkers” of the group talk. Encourage your student to share from his/heart and to be open to receive directional encouragement and spiritual sharpening in return.
Help others feel welcome: We have a great ministry for student leadership where students can help their peers feel welcome. Any student with a smile to share can help out, and they will become a part of a team that meets regularly for growth and direction. Contact any leader about joining our SALT(Student Action Leadership Team) ministry.
Use a talent/gift: Every one of us is wired up differently, be it up-front or behind-the-scenes. We’d love students to use their God-given abilities in serving Him back, and so we welcome all creative, tech, administrative, relational, and encouraging types (and everyone else) to find a ministry team to serve in. If one doesn’t currently exist that fits, we’ll start one up with the student’s help.
Go the extra mile: Many times students will leave a program with a great thought or direction but then lose it on the way home. Let’s face it - we’re all capable of being forgetful of really important things! All the more reason why we encourage students to have their own Bible (which we can provide as needed) that they feel confident in reading more on the topic or Bible passage presented. Likewise, it’s our hope that families will debrief the message with their student(s) so that even more processing is going on of God’s Truth.
Do the event: One of the greatest ways for students to grow is to be out of their element every once in a while. This is why we do retreats and trips that border on the uncomfortable (and at times completely cross over into new territory). Please take advantage of these weekends for your student, whether you send them off in faith or attend as a chaperone yourself.
It’s our hope that every student would attend gatherings for peer-to-peer accountability and adult mentoring, while also being connected to the main church. If we can help either to happen, let us know.
• Facebook: Like us at BACC Student Ministry
• Instagram: follow us at BayAreaStudentMinistry
• Student Info Kiosk: stop by our kiosk just outside of The Loft to talk to a volunteer, sign up for an event, drop off a registration form, or get other ministry resouces.