Author: Derrick Laughlin

Student Minister derrick@fbcjennings.com Office: 337-824-3271 Cell: 337-356-6334 Derrick gets the privilege to teach students how to navigate one of the hardest points in their lives, as well as help remind them to have fun, embrace relationships, and focus on God as they live. He works bi-vocationally, working full-time as a registered nurse.

Fresh Grounded Faith – Registration

Welcome! Please complete all information needed. Once your registration is completed, you will be sent an invoice to purchase your ticket. Reminder: Cost is $40/person for the first 20 people registered. After that cost will increase to $45/person.

Thanks, FBC Jennings Women's Ministry

Generate Mission Camp 2019

Our Summer Mission Camp will be July 14th-19th, 2019.  We will be on mission in Lookout Mountain, Georgia  Our students will be to serve and worship from the beautiful campus of Covenant College.

Cost for camp is approximately $330 per student, and this includes travel, lodging, a t-shirt, and a great experience to touch the life of others.  We will leave on Sunday at 2pm (be at the church for 1:30pm), and we will return on Friday at around 11pm-12am.  Make sure you review the camp letter, Packing List, Schedule and FAQs.  The Waiver and Release form (mandatory) for everyone going to camp, including adults. If you have any questions, please contact Derrick.

The theme is Redefined: Isaiah 42:9

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” – Isaiah 42:9

Human beings are nothing if not creatures of habit. We are drawn to routine. We expect the expected and when it doesn’t happen we get frustrated and confused.

Have you ever noticed the result of something completely disrupting our expectations? When something so out of the ordinary happens that it shatters the status quo? It’s absolute chaos. We don’t know how to respond. But when the disrupter is God, it can be a beautiful chaos.

God is the great redefiner. At the heart of what it means to know and experience God is the process of redefinition. God defines what it means to be new. God spoke a new creation into existence out of nothing, redefining our existence. Through the person and work of Christ, God made complete renewal possible for all who would come to faith in Him, redefining our reality. In the salvation offered by God, we discover a new identity, redefining who we are. And in discovering who God meant for us to always be, our purpose is redefined.

Forms

SERVE Site

  • YMCA Chattanooga (Chattanooga, Tn) (website)
  • At the Y, strengthening community is the cause. Everyday, they work side-by-side with their neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Our SERVE week will include investing in the lives of children in the area through the local YMCA

For questions or comments, please text or email Derrick.  337-356-6334/derrick@fbcjennings.com

Generate Camp is put on by YM360, the experts in youth ministry events and curriculum.  Our students have attended these camps for the last 5 years and absolutely love them.  From top-notch worship and speakers, to fun games and hands-on mission opportunities, students’ lives are moved closer to Christ, through this one-week experience.

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D-Now 2019

D-Now is a weekend of hearing and studying God’s Word, worship, service and fellowship.  D-Now is quickly approaching and youth groups from across our community are joining in and preparing for a great weekend.  Our theme is Exchange: Gaining through giving up.  We will highlight the great exchanges that must be made in order to follow after Christ; which will lead to the greatest exchange of all: death for life.

This year, D-Now will be March 29th-31st.  The cost is $30 which includes food, t-shirt and books.  We will be joining in with other churches to build a community of fellowship and unity.

More details and FAQs are below.  Click here to register or sign up with Derrick.

More Details

Theme: Exchange: Gaining through Giving Up
Dates: March 29th – 31st
Speaker: Joe Wood, UL BCM Director
Worship: Cameron Williams
Cost: $30/student
Who: Students 7th-12th grade
Where: First Baptist Church Jennings
What to bring:

  • 2 changes of clothes (one pair to work in)
  • Bible
  • personal hygiene items
  • Towel/Washrag
  • Sleeping Bag/Pillow
  • Cell phones are allowed as long as they are not a distraction to worship and Bible study times

Frequently Asked Questions

What is D-Now?

D-Now stands for Disciple Now.  It’s a weekend where students are challenged to either begin a growing relationship with God or take the next step in their faith with God.  The goal is to challenge students to grow, and example what a healthy disciple’s life looks.  The weekend entails large groups teaching and worship, small group time with Bible teaching, accountability and prayer, service projects, and plenty of time to meet and hang out with friends.

What is the theme Exchange about?

The theme Exchange is based from Ephesian 2:4-5 “Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.” In every exchange, something must be given up in order for something to be gained.  At the heart of the Gospel, there is a single, powerful exchange that occurred when a flawless savior took the flaws of humanity to the cross, exchanging His life for ours.

But this one exchange actually empowers countless exchanges in the lives of those who will believe and follow. Death for Life. Self for Christ. Hate for Love. Comfort for Calling.

What does the cost cover?

The cost is $30 per student.  That covers the t-shirt, food, and book that each student will receive.  It also covers the cost of supplies and equipment that will be used for the weekend.

Are there scholarships available?

Scholarships are available, but must be requested in person prior to the weekend.  If you would like to give a scholarship or make a donation, please contact Derrick Laughlin or visit our Give page.

Where do students stay?

Students will be staying at host homes.  Host homes are homes of current, active church members who have agreed to host the students.  Each group is gender-based, (guys with guys and girls with girls), and their group leader will be present with them.  Host homes are only used for sleeping and showering. All other activities will take place at the church.

I want to help.  How can I sign up?

We also love to have extra help.  You can head over to the registration page, and sign-up as a volunteer.  You can choose the area you would like to serve, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

White as Snow

My family and I just finished a vacation in the mountains of Colorado, where the beauty of the Creator God is on display.  From the white-capped mountains, to the white-flocked trees, and the layers and layers of perfectly white snow covering everything, the refrain of Jesus Paid It All was on repeat in my heart and mind.

“Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow…”

Outside of the beauty of white, there was frequently brown snow, mostly where the dirt and grim of the road was pushed aside from snow plows.  The white snow was stained with the dirt, rocks and debris now marred, unclean, and of no value. Apart from the brown, we occasional saw a little yellow snow too. 

But one of the most interesting thoughts I had on this trip, happened while driving into the mountains.  As we begin our ascent up the mountain, we begin to see cars coming in our direction covered with snow.  I looked at my wife, Sarah, and said “You can tell these cars have been in the mountain.”  And almost instantly Acts 4:13 popped into my head.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

You see Peter and John were so bold about speaking about Christ, that it was evident to those around them that they had been with Jesus. As simple, uneducated men, they sounded, looked, talked, acted, dressed, and smelled like Jesus.  The leaders who persecuted Jesus, recognized it right away.

And then think back to Moses.  Moses spent so much time with God, that his face literally glowed.

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. – Exodus 34:29

For Moses, the more time he spent with God, the longer and brighter his face shined.  And as Moses spent less time with God, and more time with the people, the glory (or brightness) began to fade.  In the same way, some cars we saw had a lot of snow, some very little, and some none at all.  You can tell from their appearance if they were in the mountains, and for how long.

Our relationship with Christ is the same way and should be evident the same way.  Others around us should recognize that we have been with God.  Our face (or attitude) should be so evident of Christ, that when others see us they have to hide their face because it is so over powering.  For Moses, God’s glory faded because it was just temporary, but today we have the unending, never-fading, everlasting glory of God manifested in the Holy Spirit that actually lives within us.  The same power and glory of God, shining on the face of Moses, and evident in thoughts and actions of Peter and John, is the very same God who takes resident in our hearts.

As I reflect on this idea, this magnificent blessing God has given me, I can’t help but be reminded that:

  • The power and glory must come from God – it’s not my own
  • My life should be centered on spending time with God in prayer, communication, and daily living
  • My actions and lifestyle should reflect Christ, not my own agenda

Finally, I’m reminded of the red-lettered words of Christ:

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 15:35

As we start out another new year, my prayer for you and I is that we pursue Christ with everything in us.  We must spend time with God in prayer, listening, and daily reading scripture.  And our lives must be evident of Christ, that people will know we have been with Him.  Our faces will shine.  “ALL people will KNOW you are MY DISCIPLES, because of your LOVE  for another.”

Jesus – The Real Life

Our current series takes a look at the amazing life of Jesus when He was here on Earth.  We’ll be looking at exactly who He is, the reality of the things He did while on Earth, and the things that He really said.

  • Week 1: Jesus, the Man/GodJesus was 100% God and 100% man, at the same time!
  • Week 2: Jesus, the early years – Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
  • Week 3: Jesus, the teacher – Jesus used great stories and parables to teach about God’s truth!
  • Week 4: Jesus, the Miracle Man – Jesus proved that He was God by performing miracles and healing people!
  • Week 5: Jesus, the defeater of Satan – Jesus never sinned, even when Satan himself tempted Him.
  • Week 6: Jesus, the Savior – Jesus took the punishment for our sins and someday He will return!

Each week, 7th – 12th graders can join us in the Refuge from 5-7pm on Wednesday nights.  Hope to see you there.

Don’t Miss Christmas

Through the month of December, students will be diving into the biblical story of the first Christmas. We will be taking a little different look, with the intention to no miss the main point of Christmas, Christ.

As our gift from God, Jesus would leave His throne in Heaven, be wrapped in flesh, and become the perfect, sinless sacrifice to reconcile humanity to God. Because of this, we are counted righteous, holy, redeemed, and adopted by our heavenly Father.

Week 1 – Dec 5th: Small Things: A Christmas Story – Luke 1:26-38
Week 2 – Dec 12th: The Gift That Changed Everything – Luke 2:1-20
Week 3 – Dec 19th: The (Giving) Spirit of Christmas – Matthew 2:7-11

Each week, students 7th – 12th grade can join in from 5-7pm in the Refuge.

YEC 2018

The Youth Evangelism Celebration (YEC) is an evangelistic and equipping event designed to lead young people to Christ and challenge believers to greater accomplishments in Christ.

The Youth Evangelism Celebration is almost here!  We are pumped up about getting to go again this year.  YEC is a fun packed 2 days with awesome worship and teaching from nationally recognized speakers and bands. Drew Worsham, Rush of Fools, Colton Dixon, and Bonray will be leading in worship and the Word.

November 18-19th
Rapides Coliseum
Alexandria, LA

What is YEC:  YEC is a celebration hosted at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria on November 18th-19th.  Put on by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, nationally recognized speakers and bands perform and deliver a message to students the empowers, equips and encourages students to reach the world for Christ.

Where is YEC:  YEC will be in Alexandria at the Rapides Coliseum.  We will spend the one night in Alexandria at a local hotel.

When is YEC:  YEC is November 18th-19th.  We will leave church at a 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon and return Monday evening (midnight).

What do you need for YEC:

  • 1 changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • $55 ticket price plus Extra spending money (for t-shirt, CDs, snacks)
  • Bible
  • A Good attitude

How can I help:  If you are interested in helping, please contact Derrick Laughlin (337-356-6334).  We need help with supplying and cooking meals, transportation, and financial support.

*To attend off-site events, each student needs a Medical Release form signed and on file with the Student Ministry.  The form can be downloaded here.

 

Drew Worsham

Rush of Fools

Colton Dixon

Bonray

YEC Schedule

YEC Schedule

Date/Time Event
Sunday
2:00 pm Registration Opens
6:00 pm Doors Opens
7:00 – 10:00 pm Session 1
Monday
8:30 am Doors Open
9:00 – 11:30 am Session 2
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Doors Opens
2:00 – 4:00 pm Session 3
4:00 – 6:00 pm Supper
6:00 pm Doors Open
7:00 – 9:30 pm Session 4/Concert