Hello, I’m David. I’ve worked in youth ministry for 15 years and can confidently say there’s something very special and powerful about Students Standing Strong (S3). Experiencing God’s Word wash over a room of 60+ kids every week is incredible! Empowered by the S3 model, kids dive into Scripture, teach and lead their friends, and put themselves in places where God uses them. My S3 Story is a family story. I will start with my story and then let you hear from my wife and kids.
Our family worked together to get an S3 club started in our school district and it’s been a great opportunity. Our own kids are learning scripture and leadership in ways they’ve never experienced before, and Stacy and I are building relationships in our community in new and impactful ways. We’re grateful that S3 is in our schools and are humbled by God’s pursuit of the hearts of students and our family. God doesn’t need us to do His work, but He chooses to invite all of us into what He’s doing. What a humbling invitation.
Last fall, I was burdened for students at our school and several moms and I began to pray. We wanted to fight for kids to know the truth of who they were in Christ. So, when I heard about S3, I knew we needed to help bring a club to the intermediate school. I’ll admit I had a few moments of fear and doubt but God reminded me He was already there. He wanted me to trust Him. Students asked their friends to the S3 club and things took off like wildfire! Kids have been growing into leaders as they study and read God’s Word together. Our own kids are learning to share the gospel and recognizing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in their own lives. Starting a Students Standing Strong club has been a gift. We’re learning to serve others together.
Every part of the club is fun! I love leading the games, teaching the lesson, and hanging out with friends! Gunner, 6th grade
Every school should have an S3 club. Some students have a hard time making friends in class. But at our S3 club they have fun with other kids and make friends. S3 gives students who are having a hard week something to look forward to.
Molly, 5th grade
I love that our family is part of S3! I meet lots of older kids and make new friends!
Wyatt, 2nd grade