Here in Ridgedale Student Ministry it is our belief that we are not just a student ministry, we are a family. The Greek word, “Oikos,” means, “family,” or, “house,” and that is the word that we are building the mission and vision of RSM around moving forward. It is our desire that students would encounter Christ, be equipped as disciples, and engage the nations, and we believe that best happens in the way we see it accomplished at the end of Acts 2. When the family of God manifests itself as just that, a family, the work of ministry becomes second nature, you’re just adding to the family.

It is our passion and driving force that RSM would be used for the glory of God in seeing the students of Chattanooga and the surrounding area come into the family of God and live eternally in the Kingdom of God. With this vision and mission in mind we look to connect students to Christ through study of the Word, discipleship, missions, and worship. It is our belief that as the Holy Spirit works through these different avenues that real life change can occur and that real students will move from death in sin to life in Christ.

We would love for you to connect with us either at special events that can be found further down the page or through our weekly Sunday morning and Wednesday night programming. Check out more information on these below!

The House: Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm

House Night is our time for the RSM family to come together as a whole! Our Wednesday night gathering is open for students from 6th-12th grade to attend and is located in the gym (CLC). Students can enter through the Encounter entrance on the west side of the church. At House Night there will be time for hanging out, shooting hoops, playing 9 square as well as, worship through song and through the Word and 25 minute breakout groups to discuss our time in the Word. House Night is always fun, engaging, and high energy and is an awesome time to get plugged in to the RSM family!

House Night has been off for the summer but will resume on August 14th with Parent’s Night, a time for parents to come with their student to see what we do in RSM!

Sunday Small Groups: Sundays 9:15-10:15 am

Sunday Small Groups is another great way to get plugged in to what’s going on in RSM! We gather in the student area next to the gym in the mornings for some time of fellowship, video games in The Hall, waking up with a cup of coffee or playing some ping-pong before splitting off into small groups. Our groups are separated into middle school boys, middle school girls, high school boys, and high school girls to allow students to feel comfortable interacting with students their own age. Our small group leaders are absolute rockstars and facilitate in-depth Bible study and discussion as well as fostering a great community atmosphere. Once small groups are out, meet up with your parents or head in with your friends to either our traditional or Encounter services as we worship corporately as the Church!

What we’re studying this fall: Nehemiah

Starting on Sunday, August 11th, RSM will kick off our fall Sunday Small Groups study through the book of Nehemiah: God’s People Brought Together. We’ll study the leadership of Nehemiah in uniting God’s people, Israel’s unification under Nehemiah, and how ultimately faithfulness to God is necessary for real lasting unity to happen. Our study of Nehemiah will last until the end of November at which point we’ll jump into a study of Advent that will go until Christmas.

Parent Partnership

Click the link above to see how we at Ridgedale Baptist church seek to partner with parents for the sake of the Gospel.  On this page you will find help on leading and discipling your family.  We have an email based Parenting Class, helpful articles, and videos.

Coming Soon:

House Night: Who (You Say) I Am // September 18-October 2

RSVP was INCREDIBLE! As we wrap up looking into our seat at the table of God, we move into our second House Night series of the semester, Who (You Say) I Am. Identity is an incredibly hot topic in the world today, especially amongst middle school, high school, and college students. In this series we’ll be looking at how we are meant to form our identity and identify some key characteristics of who God says we are. Don’t miss out on these three weeks, there are some great things on the horizon for RSM!

Listen to Week 1 of Who (You Say) I Am here!

Fall Retreat: ONE // September 27-29

We are hosting our first ever Fall Retreat this coming September at Ocoee Ridge Camp in Ocoee, Tennessee! The cost for Fall Retreat is $70 per student and will cover all food except for lunch on the way home Sunday afternoon. If you’re interested in attending Fall Retreat with us this year then we recommend signing up as soon as possible at this link, We can’t wait for Fall Retreat and we hope to see you there!

RSM Girl’s Night // October 20 // 4:30-6:30p

This ones for the girls! On October 20th we will have our first ever RSM Girl’s Night around the theme of being a daughter of God. The women of Ridgedale are incredible and have planned a great night of worship, teaching, and community for our 6th-12th grade girls so come out, bring your girlfriends, and have a great night of gathering together as Daughters of the King!



Our new 6th grade students are fitting in great in their first semester of student ministry and we are so excited for everything coming up for the Fall in RSM! Join us this semester as we get to take our first look into what it truly means to live as the family of God meeting in the house of God!

A Word from Chris

It’s my hope and desire that we can see RSM grow into a ministry of students that is not just numerically large, but spiritually deep. Everyone that walks through the doors of RSM immediately is part of what we’re doing here in making RSM a family, not merely a student ministry. I have always believed that great student ministries are not built within the walls of an office or in the programming of the ministry, they’re built by leaders investing their time, energy, and influence into the lives of students. If your student is involved in any activities please let us know, we would love to be active in supporting your student in those activities to further build relationships. If you have schedules for school activities or any questions about events, serving in RSM, or just general inquiries please feel free to email me at We can’t wait to connect with your students as we continue reaching the next generation for the Kingdom of God.

Chris Frakes//Student Pastor

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