Back Exit 71 Student Ministry has School Spirit
October 6th, 2009
On Wednesday, September 30, more than 550 students from nine local church student ministries around Williamson County, from various denominations, came together to be the pioneers of a new movement—School Spirit.
Amy-Jo Girardier, Girls and Student Missions Minister at Brentwood Baptist, said, "The idea was to have all these students come to be commissioned to be campus missionaries. It challenged students to understand that this is a window of time in their lives when they get to impact their schools right where they are. This is their mission field."
Partnering with First Priority, a ministry that reaches students for Christ, Brentwood Baptist hosted the event in Hudson Hall. The hope is that this will launch a movement among more students and their churches in the area, with the next School Spirit event taking place in January.
According to Joey Proffitt, Brentwood Baptist College Minister, if students aren't reached by the time they graduate high school, then there's a good chance it won't happen.
"The statistics are staggering," he said. "We can't wait for students to walk into our churches anymore—especially kids who are lost. Jesus called us to be fishers of men. If you want to go fish, you go to where the fish are. Students are swimming in a mission field right now. They need to fish where they're at every day."
The focus is not for students to start another Bible study or small group on campus, but to reach out to their friends with the gospel. Once their friends know Truth, then they invite them to come back to their churches for discipleship.
"We have 50,000 students in this area and we don't even break the surface on how many students need to be reached," Joey said. "And these students are influenced most by their peers."
At last week's event, students were given the option to make three commitments on a car they filled out: 1) I want to be a part of the body of Christ on my campus; 2) I want to be a Christian leader on my campus; and 3) I want to be commissioned by my church to be a campus missionary.
Together, they worshipped, prayed, watched skits and videos, heard from two speakers, and committed to take the next step on their campuses.
Joey said, "Brentwood Baptist Exit 71 Student Ministry is leading the way, partnering with local churches from all over Nashville to see students come to know the love and message of Jesus Christ. And these students are filled with an amazing passion to see their schools healed."
To find out more about "School Spirit," go to TheSchoolSpirit.com.
By Kaylan Christopher