Recent studies reveal that 70%-80% of professing teens renounce their faith by the end of their first year in college. This sobering truth yields the indisputable fact that the institutional youth ministry model is not working. So what do we do? At MBC Students we believe that the biblical model of discipleship in the home is key. This is why we are committed to supporting parents in their God-given role of being the primary disciple makers of the next generation.


We believe the role of the church is to come alongside parents in this multi-decade process, offering prayer, encouragement, and the tools to support them in the journey. We aim to do achieve this goal, but in a manner that may look a little different than most approaches.. MBC Students operates around five pillars that provides a general framework of how our ministry functions:

1. Family-integrated Corporate Worship
Sunday is a time for students to worship corporately with the church. For centuries, the youth sat under the same teaching as their parents and were instilled with the same biblical truth. We believe allowing students to worship with the rest of the saints on the Lord’s day will open the door to rich dialogue between parents and their children; and will serve to integrate them into the body of Christ.

2. Student Discipleship
While the parents are the primary disciple-makers, the Student Director and the Student Leaders are committed to cultivating life-on-life discipleship relationships with the students as they navigate these formative years. Upon coordinating with each family, every student will be paired with a Student Leader to meet weekly at the home of the family.

3. Gather Events
Community is important and one of our goals is ensuring that students find enriching fellowship with other believers and, the church at large. To assist in this, “Gather Events” are hosted monthly for the students to come together and engage in activities such as Prayer and Worship Nights, activities (i.e. Laser Tag), Gospel evangelism, and volunteering in the community. We learn and serve together.

4. Equip Events
We desire to see our parents thrive in their call to raise up children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. In order to aid in this support, we will be hosting yearly “Equip Events” that are geared towards providing parents with resources, via workshops as they take on the all-important task of discipling their children.

5. Campus and Community Outreach
Preaching the Gospel and evangelizing our local Jr. High schools, High schools, and neighboring communities is a key area of focus for MBC Students. We desire to see many students come to a true, authentic, saving faith in Jesus Christ that will produce a lifetime of faithfulness. However, it begins with boldly proclaiming the Gospel that saves.


Each MBC Student Ministry leader has met each of the following requirements put forth by the church in order to be in ministry as a lay leader.

• Growing Christian for at least 2 years
• A member of Mission Bible Church for a minimum of one year
• Interviewed by a Pastor, Elder, or Director
• Undergone ministry-specific training
• Passed a background check
• Demonstrates a deep love for the Lord and a desire to invest in the lives of the others

Our team is comprised of individuals who love the Lord, love the church, and are ready to serve you and your family!


If you are a new family or you would like more information on joining the ministry and getting your son or daughter connected with MBC Students, please email the Director of Student Discipleship, Desmond Outlaw at: doutlaw@missionbible.org.



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Desmond Outlaw

Desmond Outlaw is the Director of Student Discipleship at Mission Bible Church and oversees MBC Students Ministry. For more information, email doutlaw@missionbible.org.