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Shepherd’s Student Ministry is a place where students can belong, grow in their faith, and learn to lead others.  Our goal is to creatively equip the next generation to know God, find community, and change the world.


Vibrant Worship

Relevant Teaching

Service Opportunities

Spiritual Growth

A Place to Belong

Grades 6-12

9:30 am

Sunday mornings in SSM (August-May) include an opening assembly time of worship at 9:30 followed by students being split into four classes:

  • 6th Grade
  • 7th-8th Grade
  • 9th-10th Grade
  • 11th-12th Grade 

During class time, students hear relevant Bible teaching that focuses on foundational biblical truths to having an identity in Christ to developing a biblical worldview and more! (Check-in is between 9-9:30; Assembly is from 9:30-9:50; and Classes are from 9:55-10:30)

Grades 6-12

9:30 am

We offer an adaptive class for special-needs students called “Mosaic.”  In addition, our Sports Ministry offers several special-needs opportunities throughout the year for students through age 13.


Sunday Nights

5:00 pm
(Seasonal, Sept.–May)


Sunday nights in SSM will be a little more informal. They’ll include an abbreviated teaching time led by our Student Ministry staff followed by a time for fun activites, snacks and hanging out. We meet from 5-6:30 pm in the Student Center.


6:30-8:00 PM

Wednesday nights in SSM will include a time for students to have deeper discussion about the Sunday morning lesson in a more relaxed setting. Students will be split by grade and gender and placed in small groups. Middle school will meet on campus and high school will meet in homes throughout our area.

Email Corinne Higdon to find out more.

Other Student Community Groups/Clubs Offered Seasonally at Shepherd's Include:

TrailLife                   –  Shepherd’s Girls                – Shepherd’s Homeschoolers

annual events

Grades 6-12

Every summer, our middle and high school students have their own week of camp.  Strategically scheduled at the end of the summer, it’s the perfect opportunity for students to be inspired, encouraged, and equipped to start the school year strong for Jesus.

Grades 9-12

Every winter, our middle and high school students take a break from the busyness of life for a wintery weekend of fun with friends and encouragement from the Word.


Middle School: January 28-29, 2022

High School: February 25-27, 2022

Grades 9-12

Every fall, our high school girls and guys each have their own weekend retreat at the beach! It’s a time for them to get away and refocus their eyes on Jesus.

2021 Dates: November 12-14

Registration has now closed.


NEXT is a weekend of dynamic preaching, practical workshops, and fun activities for students and their parents right here in Cary, NC. It’s a conference designed to better equip the next generation of servant leaders.


NEXT 2022 will be held September 25-26.

Rising 6th Graders

Level Up is a weekend orientation at New Life Camp (Raleigh) for rising 6th grade students. This event takes place each May and allows students (and parents) to get to know our staff and see just how much fun they’re going to have!

student staff

Caleb Cruse

Caleb Cruse

Student Pastor

Devin Gallagher

Devin Gallagher

Ministry Assistant

Corinne Higdon

Corinne Higdon

Administrative Assistant

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