Students (6th – 12th)

Here in Ridgedale Student Ministry it’s our belief that we’re not just a student ministry, we’re a family.

The Greek word, “Oikos,” means, “family,” or, “house,” and that’s the word 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!

House Night: Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

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 our student worship room, across the hall from the kitchen. 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!

Sunday Small Groups: Sundays 10:15-10:55am

Sunday Small Groups is another great way to get plugged in to what’s going on in RSM! We gather in the student worship room across from the kitchen and in the small group room across from the gym. Our groups are separated by gender and grades 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!

Special Events


Every summer we take a group of students to Generate Camp run through YM360! Camp has always been a major catalyst in the spiritual formation of our students and a time where we’ve seen God do some amazing work in our community. This year we will be attending Camp at Covenant College May 24-28! The cost of Camp this summer will be $300.

Portland Mission Trip

Each summer our high schoolers have the opportunity to travel to Portland, Maine to serve with Centerpoint Church. Portland is the second most de-churched city in America according to a recent Barna study so students are exposed to a drastically different culture as they look to serve the local church and city there in New England.

Fall Retreat

In the fall we kick off our ministry year with our Fall Retreat! Over the final weekend of October we gather together at Camp Toknowhim in Pisgah, Alabama for a time of community, encounter, and encouragement. Fall Retreat has always been a major boost to RSM as we kick off the school year!

DNow Weekend

In February we gather again for our DNow Weekend. DNow started in 2023 and was a massive success so in 2024 we are partnering with other churches to make it even better. DNow consists of students gathering at Ridgedale for worship services and dinner and then heading off to host homes with families from Ridgedale for small groups and sleep. DNow 2024 will be February 16-18 centered around the word Kavod which means “glory” in Hebrew.

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