The Student Ministry at GBC is much more than a ministry isolated to students. See, we believe that true, valuable discipleship begins in the home. If the home struggles, both society and the church struggles. The Christian faith is a family affair. For this reason, we want to provide resources for your family. Regularly attending members of GBC can enjoy these free services.
Check it out!
We are constantly building a library of beneficial resources for the family context. Feel free to stop by the youth office during the week to look over these resources and to check them out to take home and use for a time. These resources include student devotional guides, books on how to teach students and on family ministry, and family devotionals.
Request something new!
If there is a resource you want (either a devotional guide or a book relating to family ministry), let us know. After reviewing your desired resource, we will purchase it and you can check it out from the church office. You do not have to spend money to get your hands on a good resource just to use it and then let it sit on your bookshelf.
Family reading plan!
Discipleship always begins in the home. Considering this, we have developed a reading plan so you don’t have to figure out what to read next or how much to read at one time. This plan is a week-to-week plan and paralells our study through the books of the Bible. This means that we will be studying the same material at church as you are in the home. It’s one of the things that sets Gorman Student Ministry apart from others.
Imagine you are reading through Scripture with your family at home and someone has a question about the text. If you are on our reading plan, those questions can be addressed as we look through Scripture at church on Sunday or Wednesday night. We hope this plan makes discipleship easier for you at home and more holistically beneficial for your middle and high schoolers!
A brief message to families
There is something that I have learned during my time in the ministry. It has not been my experience that God has ever just grown one ministry. He builds the family, then He grows the local church as a whole. If we do not have strong families, then we will struggle even more so to accomplish the work that God has for us. Here is my challenge to you, then, to build your family up; being careful to always act toward one another in love and to encourage one another in the faith. Then, include other families and neighbors who may or may not know Christ. Have cookouts or game nights. Get to know others around you. Serve them as a family and share Christ with them as a family. This is where local church growth begins: in relationships.
Family in the Bible:
- God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27–28)
- Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12).
- Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)
- Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. (Proverbs 11:29)
- Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
- And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:23-25)
- Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1–4)