The Lakeway Church Student Ministry is a place where students can have fun, make Christian friends, and find a place to belong. We exist to provide continual opportunities for students to encounter Christ and process Biblical truth in the context of relationships. We want to grow together as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ and to reach out to others so that they might follow Him too. Our student ministry prioritizes equipping students to grow in their faith while developing deeper friendships in a spiritual community. God did not create us to do life alone, and our small group experiences are designed to encourage the development of peer and mentoring relationships. Your middle and high school students are at a time in life where an active faith has the opportunity to shape who they are and who they will become in a positive, impactful way. It is our passion to help students navigate these challenging and uncertain years with the firm foundation of an intimate relationship with God.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
In-person Student Ministry
Middle Schoolers meet at 11 am on Sundays. On the first Sunday of each month, we bring the middle school students into the adult services (with a student section at the 11:00 am contemporary). On that Sunday, middle schoolers also meet from 6:00-7:30 pm for dinner, worship, large group teaching, and small groups.
High Schoolers meet Sunday evening from 6:00-7:30 pm (dinner provided) for worship, large group teaching, and small groups. High school students are encouraged to join the adult services either at 9:30 or 11:00 am.
*Both Groups meet upstairs in Building D.
Virtual Student Ministry
We will continue our online options for those interested! Sunday online gatherings will meet at the following times:
11-12th Grade Sunday morning small groups, 11:00 am
9-10th Grade Sunday morning small groups, 11:00 am
*Contact Richard McCroskey at Richard@lakewaychurch.net for the ZOOM ID.
During the summer, we go to an incredible summer camp with our middle school students that offers a different experience and different activities each successive year. In our high school ministry, each small group goes on a wilderness experience together specific to their grade. These trips are designed to challenge students spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually as they are pushed out of their comfort zones and as they spend intentional time focused on their relationship with God. Students only have the opportunity to go on each of these unique trips once as the following year brings about a different experience. Don't miss out!
Camp Eagle (5-8th grade) – An amazing summer camp experience full of outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and Biblical truth, as well as an 8th grade hybrid trip adding in some of the elements of our high school wilderness trips!
Pecos River Trip (9th grade) – Paddling in kayaks on the Pecos River in southwest Texas, sleeping under the stars, and experiencing God in nature!
Sonlight Backpacking Trip (10th grade) – Backpacking in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado we climb peaks, explore trails, and take time to listen to God.
Utah Canyoneering (11th, 12th, and College) – Camping in the North Wash area of Utah near Lake Powell, we tackle a different canyon each day filled with rappelling and rock climbing, in addition to extended solo times exploring spiritual growth.
In the student ministry, we’ve identified several key times in the life of a student as they journey from elementary school all the way into college. We’ve sought to develop our programming strategically around these crucial turning points in order to best coach our students in their spiritual growth. These programs are specially designed for the time at which they're offered, and students aren't able to take them later on. Don't miss out!
5-5-5 Open House (5th graders & parents) – January 27, 2022 6:30-8:00 pm at The Lakeway Church (Bldg. D, 2nd Floor). An event focusing on the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and social aspects that parents and their 5th grade students should prepare for, 5 months before they leave 5th grade. Come hear from guest speakers including a local middle school teacher, a licensed professional counselor with experience in the district, our student ministry team, and senior pastor Larry Coulter as they speak on this important transition! There is no RSVP required. Just show up and bring a friend!
6th Grade Kick Off Retreat! (6th graders & parents) – August 13-14, 2021. Entering into 6th grade is a big leap from elementary school. We want to help students make that transition well! Students will go on a one night retreat at Highland Lakes Camp centered around the theme of spiritual and social influences in the progression into middle school: What kind of things and people do you allow to shape your life and your choices? After dropping students off at camp, parents are invited to a separate gathering nearby for appetizers and a family forum hosted by our children's director (Christi) and family pastor (Luke) discussing your student's transition from a parenting perspective. Registration coming soon!
Relationship Status (7th & 8th graders) – Wednesday nights in October, 2021. Middle school is a transitional time as many students begin to consider more and more the ideas of relationships, sex, and dating, asking questions like: Who should I date?How should I date?How far is too far?Relationship Status is a 4-week journey that challenges 7th & 8th graders to consider how God views them and what that means for how they should treat those of the opposite sex.
Faith 101 (8th grade and above) – Wednesday nights for 6 weeks beginning in January. Students need space to ask hard questions and wrestle with what they believe. We believe this is part of the process of taking ownership of their faith. Students will spend time learning and discussing what it means to follow Jesus in high school and beyond.
Discipleship (9th grade and above) – Fall 2021. The purpose of our discipleship milestone is to make lifelong disciples of Jesus through developing strong intergenerational relationships between Godly adults and students. This is a nine-month commitment to meet weekly for mutual encouragement, authentic fellowship, and the development of spiritual maturity.
College Prep (12th graders) – Spring 2021. The last thing a senior in high school wants is to be told what to do or how to think. In College Prep, we walk with students through a tried and true method of exploring the successes and failures of their own middle and high school journeys in order to best navigate their futures. We help students to see and articulate the lessons God has been teaching them that can guide them in the transition from life now into the increasing freedoms and opportunities that come after high school.