Student Ministry
Bible Studies & Fellowship

  • Heaven and Hell– clarifying remarks These comments are a follow-up to last night’s lesson on death and the afterlife.  I encourage you to review that lesson before diving into these remarks… Well, that lesson was controversial!  I understand the negative response though.  It’s tough to have your views of the afterlife challenged since it’s a place where we find so much comfort, so I want Continue Reading
  • What Happens After We Die? Like last week, this week’s LOFT lesson is intricate and controversial enough that I wanted a written copy in case anything I say gets taken the wrong way.  This is a touchy subject and a surprisingly contentious one in our faith, but what lies beyond the sleep of death is a topic that we have to address.  Of course, just Continue Reading
  • Navigating by Taillights (or “Why I Read Old Dead Guys”) My lesson tomorrow night will pull substantially from Augustine’s Confessions, and with that in mind, I’ve got a story for you… Monday evening, I drove back to Tampa after visiting a few of our college students up in Tallahassee, and just as I was starting to see signs for Dade City, the bottom fell out.  The dark clouds overhead gave way Continue Reading
  • Why Bad Things Happen to Good People  I don’t often do this, but given the depth and controversial nature of tonight’s subject matter, I’m posting my full manuscript for tonight’s LOFT.  Everything discussed tonight will revolve around one simple question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  I will put forth a couple of theories using the book of Job and Paul’s letters, but at the Continue Reading
  • Why the Class Clown Desperately Needs Your Attention The news of Robin Williams’s death caught everyone by surprise, and at this point, there’s little I can say about his life and career that hasn’t already been said.  His comedy appealed to all ages, and there were entire movies that had to be rewritten because his adlibbing on set was better than the scripted material (case in point: Disney’s Continue Reading
  • The Gift of Grace Romans 6:23 reminds us that, though the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, but how often do we forget that?  How often do we try to earn our eternal life instead of simply accepting it as a gift from God?  This was the focus of our youth lesson Wednesday Continue Reading
  • Kids These Days I still haven’t finished my article on the high school brain, but I’m determined to post something this week, so here’s a great quote about misbehaving teenagers: “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their Continue Reading
  • Why I’m Proctoring AP Exams Advanced Placement (AP) classes are intense high school courses (usually for college credit) that require three hour exams at the end of the school year.  These exams loom over students through an entire year of preparation, and as the time draws nearer, many of our youth at the LOFT are feeling the pressure.  As an added wrinkle, the teachers of Continue Reading
  • The Middle School Brain (a primer) I love youth ministry.  In what other field do you get to work with a group of young people ranged all the way from 6th grade through college and watch as they grow into mature Christians?  There’s no other job quite like it.  One minute, I’m participating with our college students in a deep conversation about a famously difficult passage Continue Reading
  • Through My Eyes…Student Life Camp (Abby Borst writes a column called Through My Eyes… for New Beginnings Christian Church’s blog Seconds, where this was originally posted.) Hello everyone! This past week I was in Toccoa, Georgia for an amazing week with Bayshore and their youth group at Student Life Camp. Not only did we have fun on the way up, we also served the Lord, had a fantastic Continue Reading


The LOFT is more than just a space where teens and preteens gather; it’s a group of students and adult volunteers who seek to lift one another up through prayer and fellowship and grow deeper in our relationships with Jesus Christ. LOFT stands for Living Our Faith Together, and that is exactly what this group seeks to do!


We meet every Wednesday night at 6:15pm for pizza, games, music, a lesson, and plenty of time to hang out and unwind. We worship and learn together through a Bible-based teaching session followed by more personal discussions in small groups before departing in prayer. Wednesday night LOFT is a place to connect with other students and learn and pray together in a safe and spiritual environment. All are welcome!

Sunday mornings in the LOFT look a little different. At 10am, we meet together for a relaxed breakfast and lessons from our volunteers. This Sunday School time is a chance to talk and prepare for the start of a new week with a welcoming and affirming Christian community.

Of course, there are also tons of other activities in which our group participate: camps, conferences, trips, lock-ins, parties, retreats, service opportunities– if you’d like to hear more about these activities, check the board below or contact Randall Marshall for more information!