We’re taking a little updated angle to the original HABITS outlined in Doug Fields’ best-selling book, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. Thought I would share some of the new language we’re using in helping students grow in their faith on their own:

HSM has tons of great programs and stuff to do, and we hope you take advantage of everything we have to offer. But there’s more to following Jesus than simply participating in the “stuff” HSM provides for you. Our ultimate desire is that you would begin to grow spiritually on your own… that you would develop some spiritual practices, or habits, that would become part of your lifestyle. Because following Jesus really is a lifestyle, not just a church activity!

To get you started, we’ve created some H.A.B.I.T.S.  Don’t think of them as some sort of spiritual checklist; instead just think of them as some things that can help you grow closer to Jesus Christ. Developing habits takes time, but with practice, discipline, the Holy Spirit, and a good community around you, we believe that you will not only have these H.A.B.I.T.S. down but also be able to teach them to others! 

H = Hanging out with God
Having an consistent time with God through prayer, bible reading,silence and solitude, memorizing scripture, etc. (Matt. 4:4) (1 John 5:14) HSM has the H.A.B.I.T.S. booth (full of resources), text message devotions, devotional apps, HSM weekly challenge, and so many more options! The H.A.B.I.T.S. Booth is open every weekend during services.
A = Attending Church
Commitment to the body of Christ and our church body, not just HSM (Hebrews 10:24-25) (Galatians 6:2). This is why we have Worship Together Weekend the first full weekend of each month!
B = Being Generous
Being willing to give our time, energy, gifts, and money to Jesus’ purposes  (Acts 20:35) (Luke 21:1-4) We have tithe barrels at the front of our Theater for anyone who wants to give.  Also, check out the IMPACT part of our Website to learn more about being Generous and our awesome opportunities to give!  
I = Investing in Healthy Friendships
Having accountability with the people around you who help you live and grow in your faith in Jesus Christ. (Galatians 6:1-5) (James 5:16) Check out the H.A.B.I.T.S. booth for some resources on this!
T = Telling my Story
You have an awesome story and people need to hear it!  No one’s story is boring because God does not make boring stories! (1 John 1:1-4) Questions about telling your story? Contact us today!
S = Serving Others
We all have something to give and HSM has a ton of different opportunities for you to use your gifts! (1 Peter 4:10-11) Contact us with any questions on our opportunities to serve at HSM.