Middle School Student starts Campus Bible Study!

Student Leaders Speak

I was inspired to start a Bible Study at Maize South Middle School back in 6th grade when I would get clubhouse magazines from Focus on the Family. I was reading that month’s edition and there was an article about a 4th grade boy who had started a Bible Study at his school. I was inspired to try and start one at my own school. When I told my friends they were a little skeptical. They didn’t think anyone would come and they were worried about getting in trouble. So that night I looked up my rights and saw that it was allowed but it had to be student-led which was great because I was already planning on that! I talked to my principal, got permission, and within a few weeks, we had our first meeting!

Some challenges in leading our Bible Study have been finding the in between of being teacher and friend to the kids that come. This was hard for me because I didn’t want people to think of me as their teacher, but I realized that I needed to be the stronger voice in the group, especially when kids got out of control. In the end I learned that there is a difference between being a leader and a teacher if that makes any sense.

Some successes I’ve had are in 6th grade, a girl that I had been friends with for a while decided to come to her first meeting of the Bible Study. That day we were talking about the gospel and the Christmas story since it was close to Christmas time. After the lesson she told me that she would like to accept Jesus for the first time, so I prayed with her and she has been coming to meetings ever since! It was one of the best moments of my life. This year as a 7th grader we have a good gathering of regular students who attend and visitors from week to week. I would also just like to add that It’s all about confidence in God’s Word. It takes time to get comfortable leading students to study God’s Word, but after a while it is so fun!

Claire – 7th grader – Maize South Middle School