Glad Tidings Student Ministry

The logo for GTSM is a circle with three arrows. Each arrow stands for one of the three phases of our discipleship process: youth service, small groups, and our Wednesday Bible study.

Our desire is to create environments to challenge students in their walk with Christ, to get them into the Word of God, connecting with the body of Christ, serving in their local church and in their own youth services, and making an impact on this world for Christ.


Youth Service
Sunday, 9:15 AM

The first phase of our discipleship process, the largest arrow, stands for our youth service. We intentionally design our youth services to minister to students. The message topics, the lighting and stage design, music, the style of worship, and how we run our altar time; literally every aspect is crafted for the purpose of creating an environment for students to hear the truth of God’s Word and how it applies to their lives in a manner that is relevant to their age.

We believe in the importance of students worshipping God together and connecting with other believers their age, and the youth service is the primary place where that happens.

Small Groups
Sunday, 6:00 PM
The second phase of how we build disciples, the middle arrow, is our small groups sessions on Sunday nights. Small groups allow us to do two very important things: connect students to the Word of God and connect students to each other. Small groups meet for several weeks in three blocks of time each year (we call these blocks a season) with about a month break in between each small group season. 

Students entering GTSM small groups in sixth grade will have, by the time they graduate, worked through up to 18 books of the Bible. Participation in small groups enable us to know students are in the Word of God!

Team Serve
7:00 PM

The last phase of GTSM discipleship, our third arrow, is our Team Serve. The night has two phases: Bible study from 7-7:45 p.m. and service projects from 7:45-8:15 p.m.

The Bible study time is focused on helping to create a heart for serving and leadership. The overall purpose of Team Serve is to create students who are coming not just to be ministered to but to step up to the plate and make GTSM a place where they minister to others as well. 

After Bible study, the students break into teams that include: worship band, follow-up, video announcement, and the greeters. Each week these teams work on projects that assist GTSM by preparing for the coming Sunday youth service and small groups. For students attending Wednesday nights, helping on one of these teams is mandatory.

We believe all followers of Christ are called to serve and that this venue gives us the opportunity to teach students you are never too young to serve.



The goal of Winter Retreat is to build and strengthen students in their faith. It takes place each year over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Friday through Sunday. During retreat, students read through a book together and have services in the evenings. This is a very spiritual weekend so we tell students not to come unless they are serious about growing in their walk with Christ.


Fall retreat is the biggest event we do each year and is a huge outreach opportunity for students to invite their friends. Fall Retreat takes place in September at Lake Placid in Hartford City and we have a jam-packed weekend full of fun and crazy games, late nights, and powerful services.


P3’s typically take place on the first Friday of each month. We kick it off with pizza and then students have over an hour to spend worshipping and praying to God and for each other. We believe that prayer is the bedrock of everything we do and can accomplish at GTSM, and P3 is where we make that belief an action. We close the evening with fun and games!

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