Teens today face many different challenges. Not only are they bombarded with distractions and temptations everywhere they look, but misguided philosophies and false doctrine also saturate their culture. Rooted Student Ministry desires to see students planted firmly in the foundation of Jesus Christ. We believe the Scripture in Colossians 2:6-7 that says: "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." When rooted in Christ, students will bear fruit, walk with confidence and stand strong when the storms of life come their way.
Teenagers play a vital role in the church body. They are not just “the church of tomorrow” as is often stated. Teens are the church of TODAY. 2 Timothy 4:12 says “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”. This is the attitude we strive to teach our students. They need to know they are valued and can be used by God at any age in life for the purpose of His glory.
Our students meet each Wednesday from 6-7:30 PM for worship, Bible study, small groups, games, and fellowship. Adult small group leaders facilitate small group time. Our leaders value each individual student and seek to build godly relationships in and outside of student meetings. During this time, students can dig deeper into the lesson by asking questions in a comfortable and welcoming environment. This is also an opportunity to share what they may be walking through and any needs or prayer requests they may have.
Each Sunday we have a time of fellowship and Bible study taught by caring adults. This class is taught by Amanda Ross, Alyssa Urban, and Blake Arnold.
Our students participate in various missions within the community such as restoring a playground, doing yard work, cleaning school grounds, cleaning local parks, serving in thrift stores, spending time with residents at Aldridge Creek Assisted Living Home, and participating in our monthly Donut Mini-Mission (where students bless local businesses with donuts.) Students have also had the opportunity to serve in various ministries in the Nashville area.
We encourage students to engage in fellowship outside of scheduled student meetings. Some students meet for discipleship during the week. “The Breakfast Club” is currently a student-led meeting that takes place each Friday. Students come together on their own for fellowship, devotion, and prayer.
We encourage our small group leaders and others in the church body to spend intentional time in discipleship with students outside of church. These are students that are interested in walking with a group of believers that dig into the word, offer prayer, encouragement, and accountability, and enjoy life together.
Throughout the year we give students opportunities to participate in various events and retreats, including Disciple Now weekend, pool parties, lock-ins, movie nights, summer camp, etc. See top of this page or our calendar for upcoming events.