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While attending SMBS, students are guided through various practical experiences and activities that assist in the process of learning to witness, help others, and work in a team. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities and projects.
Orientation is mandatory for all students that will be enrolled in SMBS for the upcoming year. The purpose for orientation is to familiarize the students with; the program, protocol and regulations, all school schedules and extracurricular activities and events. Orientation will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 5:00pm. Duration: 3 hours
The main purpose of this project is to help raise funding for the missionary trip. Dressed in SMBS t-shirts, with signs in hand, students encourage cars to drive in and get a car wash. While one group washes the car, the next offers the owners of the vehicle refreshing drinks and provide an overview of the SMBS ministry, the missionary trip, our purpose and share personal testimonies. This is one of the best ways to witness to people and to raise funds for the SMBS ministry.
Our school goal is not just to give students the theological knowledge necessary for ministry but also the opportunity to learn to witness to people of different populations, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and age groups. We have developed a close relationship with our local juvenile detention center where local young people, under the age of 19 are detained. Our students go there with an evening full of skits, songs and powerful personal testimonies. Students learn to witness to young people on a personal level, pray for them, build relationships and call them to repentance.
Often, the older population feels neglected and alone. With this in mind, SMBS students visit local nursing homes to spend time with the elderly living there. Students take time to talk about the Word of God, sing, organize events, listen and provide encouragement.
Good Deeds Ministry
A vital part of the SMBS curriculum is to help students develop a sensitivity to the needs of others. Once a month, throughout the semester, students are required to find people with a need and respond to it by serving them practically. This ministry develops the ability to see the needs of people and respond by getting involved and doing something about it.
A required part of the school curriculum is the attendance of the local church for personal encouragement and fellowship with other Christians. Students take part in both the church and youth services by preaching, singing, and sharing testimonies.
Students take trips to other churches in various cities and states to serve and encourage other Christians. They travel in a spacious charter bus, participate in church services, and have great fellowship with the local youth.
Due to the intensity of the school program, it will be hard to find much free time. However, when the opportunity arises, students can enjoy playing soccer, volleyball, and basketball.
All students participate in choir consisting of students and local church members. The class will take trips to different churches in various states throughout the term.
The class is divided into teams that take turns going into the streets of downtown of Jacksonville, where they witness to people about God. This gives them the opportunity to not only tell unbelievers about Christ, but also gain experience and confidence that are crucial for work on the missionary field.
Students also have weekly prayers, where they uplift each other, pray for needs, and praise God.
Along with the teacher's classroom lectures, students obtain additional knowledge through our unique video school. It includes various films on already proven effective methods for evangelizing. This additional knowledge prepares them for street ministry and the missionary trip.
Missionary Preparation Course
The content of this course includes descriptions of living conditions on the missionary field, practical methods for evangelizing and many other aspects that are necessary for effectively conducting work on the missionary field.
The class is divided into smaller groups consisting of 3-4 members. Each group chooses a topic for their presentation. One of the requirements for this project is that each member of the group participates. The presentation must last 50 minutes and follow specific guidelines.
Book Reading and Report
Each student is required to read a Christian book throughout the semester. They will then need to write a detailed analysis about the book. View our list of Books that we allow.
Since the foundation of our school is the living Word of God, all students are encouraged to study the Bible on a deeper and more personal level. Each student is required to read a minimum of three chapters of the Bible daily.
Victory Bible Quiz
Assisting in the development of a passion for reading and studying the Word of God is one of the core goals of SMBS. To reach that goal the school administration uses a variety of methods. One of these methods is the Victory Bible Quiz, which is conducted annually on the school campus. The students not only have a great opportunity to deepen and test their knowledge, but also to receive a monetary reward for first and second places for use toward the missionary trip. The Bible Quiz is a bright and memorable project, which leaves an impression on both the participants and the viewers.