The purpose of the Youth & Family Ministry team in partnership with parents is to make disciples of Jesus through life-shaping faith adventures. Our goal is to equip and support families in raising up youth who live their faith daily.
Family Ministries at SSM follow the 5-4-3 model of Vibrant Faith Ministries* creating a Cross+Generational Ministry.
FIVE PRINCIPLES For Living And Passing On Faith
- Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships – often in our own homes.
- The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and the ministry of the home.
- Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church too.
- Faith is caught more than it is taught.
- If we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.
FOUR KEYS For Practicing Faith
- Caring Conversations
- Rituals and Traditions
THREE CHARACTERISTICS For Christians
Parents and students have many ways to connect:
The Family Gathering ~ Come and join us at the Family Gathering for Faith, Fellowship, Family, Food and Fun! It’s always a great time as we learn God’s word, eat, build relationships, eat and enjoy godly fellowship. Did I mention eat?!!
B.Y.G. Beginning Youth Group ~ B.Y.G. is fun and fellowship for 3rd-6th graders. You are welcome to join us on the third Sunday evening of each month during the school year. Dinner is provided. Starts up in September, ends in May.
Mission Trip ~ serving our neighbors in a community away from home.
Youth Hand Chimes ~ meets at various times during the year to provide music in worship.
Fun & Fellowship ~ many friendship opportunities such as lock-ins like the 30-Hour Famine, baseball games, camping, snow tubing, concerts, and more!
Shepherd’s Corner Library ~ “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 The Bible tells us to ‘study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ The library is available year-round during service times and open office hours so that you can grow in your knowledge of the word of truth! We have lots of great inspirational books & videos for all ages! Proverbs 2:10 “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
Scholarships Available: Through our partnership with Unity Lutheran Church there is an opportunity to apply for education scholarships for college and other educational endeavors. If you have questions or want to apply please contact Pastor Brian at or 414-421-3543. *Applicants would need to write a 300-word essay on how they have grown in discipleship and leadership.
Contact chairperson, Patti Nelson for more information about Youth & Family Ministries –