#Grateful25 Initiative

Join us in celebrating God's faithfulness and passion for students by being a part of our Grateful25 Initiative today. For the past 25 years, we have witnessed God's heart for students and His desire to draw them into a loving and adventurous relationship with Him. This year we will be ministering to over 1,000 students and are looking forward to what the Lord has for us in the coming months and years.

We are asking you to partner with us in continuing to steward God's heart and vision for this generation by giving $25 or a multiple of $25 per month or as a one-time gift. Click on the 25 FOR 25 button below and get started today!! Thank you so much for partnering with us!!  

 

Humble Beginnings

25 years ago these students began using their relationship with Christ as a platform to challenge their peers to a deeper relationship with Jesus. They had experienced life transformation on Disciple Now (SWAT) weekends at First Baptist Colbert through the youth ministry program led by Jon Messarra. Jon noticed the overwhelming response of students being led by other students and as a result formed S.W.A.T. Ministries, giving his students a larger platform to share their faith. These students, pictured to the right, said yes to SWAT's mission and are the foundation of what we as a ministry do today.

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Been There -> Doing That

Students Discipled - 40,000 +

Churches Reached - 300 +

Leaders Trained & Developed - 2,500 +

 

It's More Than Discipleship Now

What began as discipleship weekends has developed into something more, something greater than we could've imagined in 1992. SWAT weekends have given us the opportunity to minister to more than just high school and middle school students. We have had the incredible opportunity to develop and train groups of interns over the past several years. Cultivating the intern program has opened doors with various business leadership models. These partnerships give our interns an opportunity to gain more experience and expertise for bigger leadership roles in their future.

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On A Mission

Below are places we have traveled to over the years and what we have had the opportunity to do in each country. Trips like Montenegro and Africa are still happening with growth in both locations.

Romania 

  • Trained seminary students in the areas of leadership development and discipleship.
  • Seminary students used SWAT curriculum to disciple students in Romania. 
  • ~ 3 years

Moldova

  • Developed leadership and facilitated local summer camps.
  • ~ 3 years

Jamaica

  • Led SWAT weekends.
  • ~ 2 years

Montenegro

  • Supporting the local church and Roma community.
  • ~ 6 years

Africa

Partnering with Blue Sky

  • Sent summer staff for camps.
  • ~ 10 years

SWAT Weekends

  • Leading discipleship weekends in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • ~ 4 years