Academy Student Ministry (ASM) is about life change. We want to be a place where students can come, feel safe, build friendships, and experience God in fresh new ways. We have leaders who want to live out 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” and 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “...so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” We are also committed to bringing life to the following 7 principles* by the time a student leaves ASM.
Confusion in this one area is the primary reason so many students abandon Christianity. True faith is confidence that God is who He says He is-and confidence He will do everything He has promised to do.
The apostle Paul says that true spiritual transformation begins with a renewed mind. Only as teenagers begin to renew their minds according to the truths of Scripture and time with God will their attitudes and behaviors begin to change.
Students need to know how to protect their bodies and emotions by honoring God’s plan for sex and morality. The depth of their intimacy with God and others is dependent upon it.
The people students associate with the most will have a direct impact on the decisions and the standards they choose. Healthy friendships build them up and draw them closer to God; unhealthy friendships bring them down and cause them to compromise what they know is right. We want to help them to build healthy friendships while avoiding unhealthy ones.
Good decision making is more than simply choosing between right and wrong. Teenagers need to learn to ask, “In light of my past experiences and my future dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do in this situation?” They have to know how to apply godly wisdom to the choices they make.
Teenagers often view freedom and authority as opposing concepts. But the Bible teaches that true freedom is found under authority. Students need to recognize God’s ultimate authority and respect the earthly authorities He has placed over them.
Selfishness comes naturally to teenagers (and the rest of us)! Selflessness, however, must be learned. The Bible says that Jesus “made himself nothing” in order to serve the people He loved. He put the needs of others ahead of His own. Students must learn how to do the same.
*These 7 principles are taken from the book The Seven Checkpoints by Stanley and Hall.
At the Westside Campus, middle school and high school students in grades 6-12 join the first part of the worship service on Sunday mornings with their parents, then break out for classes during the message. Students should use the family entrance and check in to their class before going to the worship service.