Religion feature: Ministry aims to strengthen faith in youth

Max Santarosa began attending the Broken Student Ministries last May.

CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed

Broken Student Ministries youth worship leader Isaac Godwin opens a Wednesday night group meeting with a worship song at the Vine Community Church.

Santarosa said the ministry has taught him to use better judgment in difficult situations and stay clear. He said it also gives him a greater sense of responsibility.

The Broken Student Ministries group is geared toward youth looking to strengthen their faith in God and find a group to share fellowship and study the Bible. The group was started about two years ago at a member's home and eventually moved to the Vine Community Church.

"We tend to be close because there is not a lot of us," said Santarosa, a junior at Clovis High School. "The best part is sitting down, studying the Bible, listening to the stories and hearing the gospel."

Santarosa said his group leader Jeff Reed makes Bible scripture easy to understand and the close-knit group setting builds stronger bonds between members.

He said he would like to speak to children and those in need about God and believes the experience will strengthen his spirituality.

The name Broken Student Ministries derives from the theme broken for God, people and the world.

Reed said there are typically 25-30 youth at each meeting.

When youngsters arrive at church on a Wednesday night they sing spiritual songs, snack on food and mingle for about 30 minutes. Reed said he usually speaks on a religious topic.

The group has studied the book of Luke for the past seven months.

"It's been amazing," Reed said. "We're not like some of the bigger churches in town that have the big attractions but we really get into the Bible and really enjoy it."

Reed said his youth seem to leave meetings with their spirits high.

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