Teens - First Baptist Church Waterloo - Come Grow With Us!



Grades 7 to 12

Our APEX youth ministry is geared toward reaching the spiritual needs of today's teens in a constantly changing culture with biblical truth that never changes.

APEX is short for Actively Pursuing Excellence. Along with our theme verse of 2 Timothy 2:15, which reads, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.", our desire is to see our teens actively living out their faith as they develop strong spiritual disciplines and a deep understanding of—and love for—the Word of God.


nights_stay Friday Nights

Our primary program runs for both junior and senior high students on Friday nights from 7pm to 10pm. A youth night usually includes games in our fully-equipped double gym, announcements, ice breakers, youth-led worship, and solid time in God's Word. We also bring in a variety of guest speakers, as well as doing special programs including Praise & Prayer, Q&A Panel, and Community Outreach nights.

menu_book Sunday School

On Sunday mornings, our junior and senior high students meet in the youth room before morning service for a separate time of Bible study with our committed team of Sunday School teachers. Our Sunday School curriculum consists of both expository and topical teaching from the Answers in Genesis curriculum.

fireplace Ignite Nights

Every month, we host an offsite Ignite Night. These events are primarily social in nature, and are a great opportunity for our teens to invite their unsaved friends to introduce them to our youth group, and also to give our teens an opportunity to more deeply build lasting godly friendships with their peers. Ignite Nights include laser tag, bubble soccer, snow tubing, sporting events, and more.

weekend Squash-Ins

One Sunday each month, teens and leaders get together for an informal "squash-in" night. Everyone meets at the church for the 6pm evening service, following which we carpool to a youth leader's home, order pizza, eat a bunch of snacks, and play a bunch of games. These nights are intended to continue to build community within the youth group in an unstructured, informal setting.


Pastor Matt Shields


Sunday School
9:30am to 10:30am
Friday Nights
7:00pm to 10:00pm