Grace Student Ministries (GSM)

 7-12th grade

GSM is the student ministry of Grace Church. We minister to students in 7-12th grade. Our desire is to be a place where students are taught the gospel, encouraged to live in community, and given opportunities to be involved in mission.

Three ways we aim to cultivate in our students a love for the Word of God and (ultimately) the God of the Word are through weekly gatherings, our leadership development pipeline, and missional opportunities.


Wednesdays (6:30-8pm)

GSM gathers weekly in an environment designed for 7-12th grade students who are curious about faith and eager to discover how a relationship with Jesus could change their lives, their schools, their neighborhoods, and our city.

Each Wednesday we gather to celebrate the gospel through song, Christ-centered teaching, and guided discussion. Our breakout groups (divided up by grade and gender) are led by adults committed to equipping students to navigate the teen years and develop a faith of their own.

Sundays (9:00-10am)

Our junior high students are growing in their understanding of how all of Scripture points to Jesus through a three-year journey called the Gospel Project.

Our high school students are currently studying through a series on biblical worldview and apologetics. The aim is to help students identify underlying worldviews and to engage in gospel conversations with clarity, compassion, humility and grace.

Equipping Leaders

Students are often viewed primarily as objects of mission. But when Jesus claims us as His own, we become agents of mission — stewards of his redemptive love to the world around us (2 Cor. 5:11-21).

That’s the Great Commission impulse we want to nurture and cultivate in our students. Here are a few ways we seek to equip the rising generation to be disciples who make disciples.

Catalyst Communities

Catalyst is a leadership development pipeline for high school students who want to grow in their faith. We meet in homes on Sunday nights for six to eight week trainings. Topics vary, but have covered everything from worldview & apologetics to sharpening young leaders on how to study and teach through different biblical genres.

Discipleship Groups (“D-Groups”)

GSM Discipleship Groups (“d-groups”) are weekly Bible studies led and hosted by our HS Catalyst leaders. Students recently took a year to walk through the book of Acts together & are currently studying through James. Connect with us if you want to plug in!

Timothy Initiative

The Timothy Initiative offers select high school leaders an opportunity for in-the-field ministry training in our local ministry context. We desire to train and encourage students to move beyond “doing missions” to living missionally.

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Each year, our students have dozens of opportunities to engage in missions work on a local, regional, and global level. Summer teams engage in extensive training on how the gospel shapes our view of cross-cultural engagement, poverty alleviation, financial stewardship, and more. Over the last few years, we’ve had the incredible privilege of serving alongside and learning from ministry partners in Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, Louisville, Honduras, Mexico, and Sierra Leone. Time and time again we see God use these focused seasons of ministry to ignite a passion in our students for Kingdom work — both abroad and in our own backyard!

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3111 S. 6th Street
Marshalltown, IA

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Service Times

Sunday School:
Sunday 9 - 10 am

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:15 - 11:45 am