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.
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.
House Night: Tough Topics // November 6 & 13
Our society today is constantly challenging the authority of Scripture and the Christian worldview leaving Christians to confront heavy questions. In Tough Topics we’ll take a look at two of these questions; Is Jesus the Only Way? and Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People? Through this series we’ll look to introduce the Christian practice of apologetics into the daily lives of students by helping them answer these questions and giving them a framework for how to respond when a tough topic comes their way.
Listen to the first talk on the question, “Is Jesus the Only Way?” below:
House Night: Ask Me Anything: A Panel Discussion // November 20
Following our Tough Topics series we want students to get the opportunity to take some of the hard questions they’ve been pondering through and ask them to a panel of leaders who have had years to wrestle through these questions. We have put together a panel of pastors, teachers, and leaders in the church who will come together that night to offer up insight, wisdom, and offer some clarity to students as they think through tough questions.
Text your question in anonymously to the number (423) 521-5729!
Logos Night // December 4
Worship is not merely the songs we sing, it happens as we open God’s Word. We began our semester with Worship Night and now we’ll look to close the semester with a special night of worship through the Word. Students are encouraged to come forward with Scripture that has impacted their semester and read it over the group as we prepare to take some time off before kicking things back off in January.
RSM Christmas Party // December 11
We may be heading into a break from Wednesday night programming but don’t worry, it’s still the most wonderful time of the year! Dust off your ugly Christmas sweaters and come ready to celebrate the end of the semester and the Christmas season as a family. You will not want to miss this night!
OUR FALL CALENDAR IS LIVE!!!
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!