At Mars Hill we believe that encouraging Sticky Faith in the lives of our students can happen when we realize that ministry to college students isn’t just for College Pastors. This is why our community has created a “Post-High School Ministry” as an extension of our High School Ministry. We’re seeking to help our graduates walk across the bridge from adolescence to adulthood and from a high school youth group to adult ministry opportunities in healthy ways by pursuing the following objectives in our High School + Post-High School Ministry:
Objective #1: High School graduates will experience a significant relational connection to the Mars Hill community that transcends High School Ministry Programming.
Objective #2: High School graduates will experience a growing spirituality that transcends High School Ministry Programming.
These objectives have led to multiple small but significant shifts in how Anthem functions as a ministry. We’re doing everything we can to equip our volunteers to be volunteer pastors in the lives of our students. We want them to understand that a relationship with a high school student isn’t a programmatic commitment but is a sacred bond that students need present in their lives beyond high school graduation. The Sticky Faith research has helped us to realize that if adult relationships with adolescents end when high school ministry programming ends, than we shouldn’t be surprised if adolescent faith ends when high school ministry programming ends. We spend a significant amount of time and energy pastoring, training, and equipping our volunteer pastors to be more than just a volunteer, leader, or sponsor in the lives of our students.
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