Surrender. Unite. Reach. Grow. Expand.
We are a group of students who are united building each other up in order to face the challenges of what the world bombards our students with on a daily basis. It is difficult to live a Christian life at an American high school in this era. We see ourselves as a support group to encourage one another to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith (we) are called” (Eph 4:1). But then also to be that bridge that reaches out to the lost world around us that we may spread the good news of the gospel.
First Bible Baptist Church is a purpose driven church, and S.U.R.G.E Sr. High is no different.
To reach young people, unite through relationships, grow spiritually, surrendered in worship, in order to expand the gospel.
Surrender – Worship
Unite – Fellowship
Reach – Evangelism
Grow – Discipleship
Expand – Ministry
When do we meet
S.U.R.G.E Sr. High currently meets on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM for our main worship time. We meet together both S.U.R.G.E Sr. High and W.I.R.E.D. for our praise time then split up for teaching.
On Wednesday nights we meet at ADP Sports which is on the grounds here at FBBC. We play kickball or dodge ball or volleyball or some fun game and then have a short devotion.
What do we do?
Everything we do at S.U.R.G.E. Sr. High is based on the idea of “in-reach,” “out-reach,” and “up-reach.” What does that mean? In-reach is building up our core group through fellowship, up-reach is building our relationship with our Savior, and out-reach is reaching out to the lost world.
Once a month we have an activity. Our activities are based around this theme of “in-reach,” “out-reach,” and “up-reach,” so all of our activities have a purpose. Some months we will have something that students want to invite their friends to like paint ball. We go out to Jagers and shoot each other with paintballs (the students LOVE IT). Or a corn-maze/hayride. This is designed to be outreach we have a short devotion when we take a break and eat pizza and present the gospel. Other activities are based on up-reach. We might have a Christian band come in a play, or we might go out and serve the community in some capacity. And then some activities are in-reach where we just try to build the unity of our group. We have gone to Worlds of Fun, or to Paradise Park or something of that nature. All are fun but also have purpose behind them.
So what do you think of when you hear the word “surge”? Let’s take a look at what the dictionary says.
A sudden, powerful forward or upward movement, esp. by a crowd or by a natural force such as the waves or tide.
Move suddenly and powerfully forward or upward. Increase suddenly and powerfully, typically during an otherwise stable or quiescent period. Affect someone powerfully and suddenly.
SURGE is made up of students united in reaching their generation for eternity!
- “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
- “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25).
- “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Senior High Leader: Rick Adams
Rick Adams was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as his Savior in January of 1973. Rick graduated from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute, a ministry of Youth for Christ, in 1984, and worked on the staff their ministering to students until 1987. He studied in Shepherd’s School of Ministry at the Kansas City Baptist Temple from 1985-1988 and graduated from Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications in 1996. Rick joined FBBC in 1997 and has ministered to both Youth and Singles.
Kathryn was also raised in a Christian family the daughter of a pastor. When she was a young girl her father served on the Navaho Indian reservations in New Mexico and Oklahoma. The family moved to Louisburg, KS in 1983 where her father has been a pastor since. Kathryn graduated from Friend’s University in 1997 and is currently a dental assistant and office manager for Dr. Ned Smith, DDS. Kathryn has worked for Dr. Smith for 17 years and as Dr. Smith would tell you he would be lost without her. Rick and Kathryn have been married since 2002, and have ministered together in discipleship, missions trips, praise and worship, church musicals as well as other areas.
The volunteers who work along side Rick & Kathryn in the S.U.R.G.E Sr. High, known as the Servant Team, are a well balanced unified group of dedicated Christian men and women.
Debbie Summers has a Masters degree in nursing and is in the administration department of the worldly renowned stroke unit at St. Luke’s hospital. Debbie has two grown children who are involved in the church today and has worked with the youth for many years and is like a mom to many of our students.
Stephen and Amy Strickland joined the team in 2010. Stephen and Amy graduated from Bob Jones University in 1997. While in college they worked in a youth outreach ministry working specifically in Christian youth camps. Stephen also has a Master’s in theology from Heart of America Theological Seminary. Stephen was the Outreach Pastor at First Baptist Church in Rhode Island for seven years. Stephen is currently a Dave Ramsey Certified Counselor and owns a financial planning company teaching Biblical financial responsibility to individuals and churches. This allows Amy to stay at home and raise their four children.
Lana Borden is a product of the youth department of FBBC. After high school she joined Encounter Ministries, where she traveled the country ministering through music and studying God’s word. Lana is a home health nurse for Children’s Mercy Hospital. Lana heads up our praise and worship leading a praise group made up of some of our older core student leaders. She not only leads them in praise, but also holds them accountable in the Word of God.
Matt and Cindy Grantham recently joined the servant team. Matt graduated from Shepherd’s School of Ministry at the Kansas City Baptist Temple and currently works for Superior Bowen Asphalt Co. Matt and Cindy attended Grace Baptist Temple where he was a trustee, and Cindy taught Sunday School and worked in the nursery. They have been involved in Discipleship at Grace as well as here at FBBC. Cindy is an administration assistant at HMP DME Services.