As the student ministry group of First Baptist Church, we are excited to announce our new name and logo! We will now be known as First Baptist Student Ministry!
Super creative, right?!
Here’s why we decided to do a redesign:
Over the last few months, things have definitely changed in each one of our lives. Even if you weren’t affected personally by the virus itself, the fallout of a global pandemic has impacted us all. Schools, restaurants, and sports were all shut down. Churches had to do their part to help fight the pandemic as well. Because of this, our ministry looked different. We resorted online meetings to finish out the school year and did not gather in the summer for our usual house parties.
But through all the changes (both positive and negative) that have taken place around the country and around the world, the importance of the local church has come to the forefront. As First Baptist Student Ministry, our goal is to “[stand] firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27). With this goal in mind, we want to intentionally unite ourselves to our church body.
We also believe that while student ministry is important, the overall life of the church should flow from the gathering of believers of all ages on Sunday mornings to give praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, we want our name and logo to reflect our commitment as one church body. Churchwide, as we look to glorify God by making disciples who make disciples, we desire for our students to do the same, taking hold of the truth of the Gospel for themselves, then going forth to tell others the Good News.
To end this brief statement, I am asking you to specifically pray for gospel truth and growth in our ministry. Please pray that we may be a witness and testimony not only to junior and senior high students, but to parents, teachers, coaches, and anyone we come in contact with in New Castle and beyond. So many people are broken and hurting with no solution in sight. Anger, depression, hopelessness, and many other feelings cripple us. We can try to suppress these things, but that doesn’t change the overwhelming reality of our condition as sinful and mortal human beings.
However, amid the stresses of this unpredictable life, we know one thing for sure.
“For God so loved he world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Our answer is Jesus. The only one who can trade our sin for his righteousness and make us brand new.
May that truth resonate in the hearts, minds, and lives of First Baptist Student Ministry.
Pastor Kendall Hunter