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Encounter | Shelbyville


Encounter is a community of 6th-12th grade students focused on our church vision of Authentic Worship, Authentic Community, and Authentic Community Service. Our Wednesday night services include worshipping God through music, in-depth Bible teaching, and Life Group time to help dive deeper into God’s Word and build genuine relationships. We believe every student should have a place to be known and belong. At Encounter, each person is a part of the family because we know that all of us are uniquely loved by the God who created us.  

Students can take an active role in leading Encounter, so it’s truly a ministry by students, for students. We’re also a little goofy, and we like to #keepencounterweird, so we hope that’s okay with you. Throughout the year, we also have special trips and events designed just for high school students or just for middle school students, which gives you more opportunities to grow in your faith and build relationships with other students and leaders. Our leaders live a life above reproach and are screened and vetted for the safety of our students (background checks are required for all volunteers).

We want to engage, equip, and empower our high school and middle school students so that you can turn your world upside down for Jesus!


The backbone of Encounter is our team of adult leaders. These leaders are a consistent presence every Wednesday, and their goal is to build relationships with students so that we can make disciples who make disciples. We have a variety of leadership roles based on your skills and available time, but our primary role is Life Group Leader. Each Life Group Leader co-leads a small group of students during Wednesday night Encounter and focuses intentionally on those specific students.

All our leaders are required to go through a background check for the security of the students and to fill out an application that provides more information regarding background, service, etc. (application link below). This is mainly to ensure that all our leaders live a life above reproach and have a healthy, strong relationship with God before leading teenagers.

Serving at Encounter is a fantastic opportunity to build relationships and to pour into the next generation. Our leadership team is made up of many different people. We embrace diversity in our team, as it allows students to have opportunities to connect with a variety of people. If you feel called to work with high school students, we’d love for you to fill out an application below so we can connect with you!


  • Life Group Leader
  • Support Team

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