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Ministry Spotlight: The Next Level/Metro

Faith looks different on different people, and it always leaks.

Faith cannot be put into a pretty box. It looks different on different people, and it always leaks. First Baptist Church of Modesto understands this.

Instead of creating one twentysomething ministry, the church has developed a variety of opportunities for a variety of twentysomethings.

Each Wednesday night, FBC hosts Ignite, a college-age worship service for students at Modesto’s two nearby colleges. About 50 people attend each service, and college pastor Dan Howard shares a message.

The Ignite service has recently been shortened to allow for special activities after the service, understanding that ministry extends beyond the time allowed by a worship service. After the service, they all head to out to a movie, play a group game or do some other fellowship activity.

During the summer, the church participates in Metro, a community-wide college service. It began when Howard and two college pastors at other local churches decided to join together and have a monthly time for hundreds of young adults from a variety of churches to worship together.

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According to Kristy Johnson, who helps head up FBC’s student ministries, learning to work with other community churches has been one of her biggest lessons. “It’s good to network with other churches,” she says. “It’s good to go beyond the walls of your church.”

The church has recently launched a new post-college program, The Next Level. Attendance has been fairly low, but they aren’t troubled by that. “We’ve found that students kind of drop off after college,” Johnson says. “The goal is to start small groups for post-college kids. It’s small right now, but we’re growing.”
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