theSWITCH is the Student Ministry (Grades 7-12) of Fellowship Bible Church. We exist to help teens become lifelong disciples of Jesus.
theSWITCH’s mission is to: encourage teens to center their lives in Christ; facilitate connecting teens with one another in community; help teens understand their unique calling as disciples; commission teens to the world at large as disciple-makers.
Middle School Ministry (MSM) is for grades 7-8.
High School Ministry (HSM) is for grades 9-12.
During the school year (September through May) MSM meets at the church on Sunday nights from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, HSM meets at the church on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, and both groups meet together at FBC on Sunday mornings for Bible Hour at 9:00am. Additionally, HSM meets in small groups on Sunday evenings.
During the summer (June through August) both groups meet together at the church on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, as well as Sunday mornings at 9:00am.
Here is our mission broken down a little more:
We are Centered
The teenage years are difficult years. The world encourages students to think only for themselves, but this often results in bad decisions and bad relationships. We center, instead, on God, constantly growing in our knowledge of Him. To be centered means to live out Jesus words in Luke 10:27, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
We are Connected
To be connected is to experience real community. We foster an environment where students can feel safe, cared for, and be part of something larger than themselves. We are a community of growing relationships that are real and personal.
We are Called
Students aren’t the church of the future; they are part of the church of today. We help them understand their unique, God-given gifts and abilities that they might realize their full potential as ministers in their culture.
We are Commissioned
Christ exemplified a life of ministry that reached across traditional boundaries of race, gender and socio-economic status. The early church set a precedent of extending that same reach across geographical boundaries. We believe we have been commissioned likewise, and that Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19-20 apply to us: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”