IGNITE Student Ministries exists to Connect people with God who are far from Him and impact eternity by teaching students to follow Christ step by step.
IGNITE is the weekly gathering of First Baptist Church's Student Ministry. We’re dedicated to providing a place for students (6th -12th grade) to connect with God, with other students, and with older committed leaders that are dedicated to seeing students grow closer to Christ.
We want to engage and reach youth culture and we provide an environment each week for students to meet Christ and grow closer to Him.
Our mission is two-fold which we get from Psalm 71:17-18
O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come. (ESV)
First, as adults and older brothers and sisters in Christ, we want to proclaim how great God is and teach and invest into our students so they can know God too, and that leads into the second purpose which is to teach the youth to win their generation to the Lord. So many times we treat students as the future of the church, but truthfully if we don't win their generation now, before they graduate, we probably never will. The biggest influence in a student's life is another student so if we don't equip them to disciple now we have failed.
I heard this quote by a fellow youth pastor Brad Cooper and I firmly believe this. "Show me a church focused on reaching the next generation & I'll show you a church with NO EXPIRATION DATE & INDESCRIBABLE POTENTIAL!"
This is what we want to be about.
Who can attend?
Any students in grades 6–12 may attend IGNITE.
Ignite Worship Service AKA The Best Night of the Week
The main event
Free Dinner at 6 PM
Service 6:30 PM
We are created to Worship so worship is at the center of everything we do.
John Piper—"Missions exists because worship doesn’t."
Small Group Bible Study
Sundays 9:45 AM
You Can’t Do Life Alone
Middle School and High School classes
First Sunday Fellowship
The first Sunday night of every month we meet at various locations for fellowship and a meal.
Disciple Now--First weekend in March
Disciple Now (or D-Now) is essentially a weekend retreat for 6th – 12th grade students. Four Bible study sessions are led in the homes, and four corporate times of worship are hosted at the church building. The idea behind Disciple Now is to gather teenagers in their own environment, creating community by strengthening friendships through shared experiences and maturing them spiritually through focused discipleship. Students get steady exposure to God’s Word, interacting with it in various ways throughout the weekend. The non-stop time spent together encourages teenagers to open up, getting “real” with each other and with leaders over the course of the weekend.
Mission Blitz June 9th-15th
This is always the best and most impactful trip we do. This is absolutely my favorite event and our students favorite. We will be joining with at least 4 other churches this your and have over 200 students there. We will put the guys in the gym and the girls we will put in the children's ministry area in the other building. What we like to do is mix all the kids together and get them building relationship with the other churches during the week. The evening worship is going to be similar to D-Now and I will have a guest speaker coming in to speak. The only thing that is different is that each team will have a night that they will have someone read scripture or pray or even give their testimony. We try to include as many students into worship as we can. We will have a recap video that we will show every night, so they will see what everyone else is doing. These are the confirmed places students will work at. Each group will be assigned a location or possibly 2 locations that they will be working at during the week. On Wednesday we will take a break and go to either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon.
Citrus County Food bank
Salvation Army Ocala
Covenant Children's Home
Habitat for Humanity
Nature Coast Ministries
Life Choice Pregnancy Center
Centrifuge July 21st-27th
Centrifuge is a discipleship camp for students that includes graded Bible studies with students from other churches, recreation, and afternoon track times, all facilitated by FUGE Camp staff. Evening activities include worship, church group time, and camp-wide fellowships.