The Youth Ministry of Oakdale Baptist Church
We want all of our youth to know Jesus Christ and to find their ultimate joy and satisfaction in Him. We have designed our youth ministry to deepen understanding of the greatness of our God, and to give encouragement in the pursuit of godliness. Check out our events page to see any upcoming events for the youth of Oakdale Baptist Church.
Initiate, Include, Ignite
Our student ministry is based around a ‘relational campus ministry.’ It starts by being at the school campuses (Oakdale Middle School and Edmond Memorial) on a regular basis to Initiate relationships with students. This is implemented by a student minister or intern at the school by going to lunches, helping coach sports, and volunteering in any way possible to become part of regular school life. Once they have formed relationships with students, we make every effort to Include them by inviting them to our Wednesday night studies. When a student gets plugged into a Bible study and a group that is striving to grow deeper in a personal relationship with God, they have the potential to Ignite. (This part isn’t about us, it’s about God)
When God gets a hold of a student’s heart, the whole process
-They start seeking out relationships (initiate) in which they can share Christ with their friends.
-They start inviting people to church and different events (include).
-They get to be a part of their friends journey as they come in contact with God (ignite).
The entire process is built to replicate the way that Christ discipled the 12 apostles and they, in turn, did the same with their disciples.
Wednesday night is a relaxed time where students can play games, hang out, learn about God and have fun discussing our lesson for the week. The heart of this time is growing in our relationships with one another and growing deeper, together, in Christ. It’s a place that we want our students to feel comfortable inviting a friend. One function of Wednesday night studies is that students who invite their friends are able to tell them about the Gospel in a place where they are only a short distance from a leader that can help with difficult questions. We have Bible studies that are easy to understand for anyone, including students that may not have a church background. This large group time is followed by breaking into small groups where the students can discuss and dig deeper into the meaning of the lesson and how that applies to their life.
Sunday morning is a deeper study time where we try to push our students to really study Scripture. It’s normally a smaller group which is great for this type of study as it provides less distractions and more interaction. It’s not just about digging into the Word but also trying to figure out ways to make sure Scripture has an effect in the lives of our students. After all, we want them to not just be a scholar of the Word, but to be doers of the Word.