Hope Student Ministry
Here at Hope Church, we are dedicated to training students “in the fear and admonition of the LORD” (Ephesians 6:4). Students meet on Sunday nights from 5-6 pm, in the “Hope House”, at the front of the church. The student ministry is dedicated to seeing middle and high school students seriously deepen their knowledge and love of the Gospel. The service is a distinctly Gospel-centered event for students to study the Scriptures, sing praises to God, and get to know other students who are striving after Christ.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the “Good News” of what Christ has done for mankind. All people have done evil things (lie, steal, dishonor parents, etc.), and these things offend the holy God of the universe. God is a good judge who will punish all evildoers, but He is also loving. God the Father, knowing that man is unable to save himself, sent Jesus Christ to the world. Jesus, who is truly God and truly man, was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. Because Jesus was without sin, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was nailed to a cross, a substitute for all who would believe in Him. On that cross when Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. Jesus was buried, but three days later He rose from the dead defeating sin, death, and the devil. Now all those who turn from sin, turn towards Christ and trust alone in His sacrifice, will be forgiven of all their sins.
This is the Gospel that Hope Student Ministry believes and teaches.
The church and the family are the two foundational institutions which God Himself established. The parents of children are the ones who are primarily responsible for training and discipling their children. Age targeted teaching is a luxury, not essential. Here at Hope Church, we are blessed with that luxury while recognizing the essential role of the family. While the church may disciple and train children when parents are unable or unwilling to fulfill their duties, the church’s goal should be that believing parents and guardians are trained to disciple their children. Therefore, Hope Student Ministry seeks to be a helper to parents in their God-given duty of discipling their children.
Taylor Callen is the Student Ministry Director at Hope Church. He grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and became a Christian in 2007. After receiving his call to ministry, Taylor completed his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Ministry in Fort Worth, Texas. Taylor is currently working on his Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.