Our Student Ministry exists to help students LIVE for God, LOVE the church and LEAD others to Christ.
Who We Are
We are the student ministry of Lakewood Baptist Church: a ministry to middle and high school students and parents. On Sundays and Wednesdays, we gather in The Lodge, our student ministry facility, to help students LIVE for God (worship), LOVE the church (community) and LEAD others to Christ (mission). Through partnering with parents, our desire is to see students: own their faith and grow through spiritual disciplines, have a biblical worldview and a global perspective, know and use their spiritual gifts to serve others, be involved in God’s mission of sharing the gospel and making disciples, be involved in an authentic Christian community through a local church.
The Lodge is our two-story Student Ministry space located on the back side of the church campus. The Lodge has two large worship auditoriums for both Middle School and High School, as well as meeting spaces for small groups.
THE LODGE CAFE
Students can purchase food and drinks from The Lodge Café on Wednesday Nights and Sunday Mornings. You can open an account, or pay with cash/card. Click the link below to add funds to a student’s Lodge Cafe account.
Note: It will take up to 24 hours before funds will be posted to your student’s account.
On Wednesday evenings throughout the school year, we gather for Fusion from 6:30-8:00pm. Fusion is a worship experience for students with a live band (led by students and adults) and relevant teaching from God’s Word by one of our student ministry staff. Lodge doors open for all students at 5:30 to hang out with friends, play games or eat in our Lodge Cafe. At 6:30, middle school students will worship together in the Upper Lodge Auditorium while high school students will worship together in the Lower Lodge Auditorium. At 7:30, students will gather in small groups (by grade and gender) with adult leaders to discuss and apply the message they just heard.
9:30 - 10:45am
Connecting and Supporting Parents of Students
Overview of Parent Ministry
We believe that parents are called to be the primary spiritual leaders for their kids (see Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Ephesians 6:4). Our role in church is to come alongside parents and support you in this incredible responsibility by reinforcing the truths you are teaching in your home. In addition to what we do with students at Fusion and Fusion Groups, we support parents through training, resources and parent seminars to better equip you in your God-given role with your kids. Please be sure to contact us about being added to our Parent E-mail list to keep up with these opportunities and upcoming student ministry events.
As parents are the primary spiritual leaders for their kids, we want to set you up well to discuss spiritual truth in your home. Use the links below to view some resources that can help you have some brief family devotion time with your teens.
As parents are the primary spiritual leaders for their kids, we want to set you up well to discuss spiritual truth in your home. Click the link below to see a summary of what we’re learning in Fusion Groups on Sunday mornings along with a key verse and discussion questions. We encourage you to use these downloadable discussion guides for a “Table Talk” or brief family devotion time with your teens.
We want to help you parent smarter, not harder, so you can use tools in the moments that are already a part of your family’s life – whether it’s on the go or around the dinner table.
You’ll then be able to see the latest news, upcoming events, as well as contact info for both our church and family ministries. You’ll also receive great, faith-related content every week as well as simple cues to help you connect with the heart of your teen.
Parents of Teenagers Group
On Sunday mornings, Student Pastor (Jamie Willis) and his wife (Joy) lead a group specifically designed for parents of teenagers. This group meets from 9:30-10:45am in The Lodge upper auditorium, while students meet with their leaders in Fusion Groups. The vision of this group is to be a community of parents who support, encourage and equip one another to be the primary spiritual leaders for their kids. We spend time in different Bible studies and topics that relate to parenting during this life-stage. It’s a discussion-oriented format (not a lecture) and includes time to connect with other adults and pray for our kids. There’s also free coffee!
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Graduate Recognition Sunday
We are excited to celebrate those graduating in the spring from high school, college, or graduate school. On Sunday, May 22, graduates will be recognized in our worship services (Crosspoint at 9:30 & Real Life at 11:00). Following the Real Life service, there will be a special lunch for all grads and their families for all that registered. For questions contact Ashley Echols.
Middle School Mission Trip
On June 26-30 our middle school students have the opportunity to join us for a week of serving at our Middle School Mission Trip. We’ll stay overnight at Lakewood and serve at different places around Gainesville. Students will also have time in worship and Bible study and build community with one another.
The cost is $75 and registration closes on June 5. Click below to register now or get more information.
Summer Camp 2022
Summer Camp 2022 will be July 19-23, 2022. We’re headed back to Generate Camp at Covenant College. You can register now with a $75 deposit. The total cost of camp is $375. Juniors and Seniors can also apply to serve on the Lead Team (cost is $150). Visit our Summer Camp Website to register or for more information.
NOTE: At this time, we have already reached our capacity for our Connect option. We have been in contact with the Generate Camp staff and are very hopeful more spaces will open up soon. To be added to the waiting list, please fill out the form below and we will let you know as soon as space opens up. We still have a FEW spots left for LEAD option.