First Baptist Church of Columbia
Friday, April 18, 2014
First Student Ministries wants to accurately convey to students their call by Christ to missions.  The last words of Christ on earth were to “Go and make disciples of all nations…”  (Matthew 28:19)  From this verse, we see that we are to have a world-vision for missions.  But where are we to start?  In Acts 1:8, Jesus describes a series of ever-widening circles of influence.  The first area of influence Jesus mentions is a local circle, and the last an earthly circle.  Christ wants us to influence our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities; and then expand that influence “to the ends of the earth.”
To implement this “missions strategy”, we train students and offer them opportunities to serve as missionaries on four levels:

Level 1 – Ministry Teams (Ministry in the Church)

Ministry Teams are a great opportunity for students to use their gifts to serve in the local church.  Ministry Teams include: Worship, production, music, greeting, follow-up, sign language, and prayer.  Besides giving students an opportunity to serve, Ministry Teams are also very necessary in meeting the needs of a growing ministry.

Level 2 – Community Service (Ministry in the Community)

We offer students opportunities throughout the year to participate in local mission projects and service opportunities. On a regular basis, we conduct some type of formal or informal missions project in our community.  Service includes Community Food Pantry, Metro Changers, and Homebound Ministry, and Hannah House.

Level 3 & 4 Missions - Mission Trips (Ministry around the world)

Mission Trips provide students an opportunity to serve outside of their church and community.  Through the mission trip experience, students are challenged spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially as they meet real needs of people in a different culture.  Mission Trips are categorized as a Level 3 or 4 Missions Program based on the difficulty of the trip.  Foreign mission experiences prove to be great learning opportunities as students are challenged to overcome such obstacles as language barriers and cultural differences.  Students tend to return from such experiences with a stronger desire to serve and a greater appreciation of how they have been blessed.