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Getting Middle Schoolers to Pay Attention

Getting Middle Schoolers to Pay Attention

Getting students to settle down, stop talking, and listen can be some of the most difficult tasks you will do in youth ministry. It can seem impossible to not be upstaged by the walls, the curtains, the ceiling, a fart, a noise, what they had for lunch that day, or simply just their own mind.

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Cooking Up Culture Takes Time

Cooking Up Culture Takes Time

What is that one item you would be at a loss without? First thing that might come to your mind: your computer, your car, your phone. I know the one item I could not live without … our microwave!

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I Got a Flat Tire and I’m Happy About It

I Got a Flat Tire and I’m Happy About It

I took off to take our oldest son to school which starts at 8:00am, which is always the best part of any day. A 40mph car ride that, to him, feels like 70mph; rocking out to “dad’s songs” (send me an email and I’ll get you the link); and his laugh which I love. I mean, I absolutely love. As I pulled into his school my front passenger side tire went flat.

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Find People to Help You Paddle

Find People to Help You Paddle

You can’t do ministry alone. Technically and in theory you can do ministry alone but it’s not healthy and will have an adverse effect on students. Youth ministry takes a team. It takes the whole team.

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Culture

Culture

Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or volunteer leader in student ministry, you probably hope that when a student comes to your group they do four things: enjoy themselves, come back next week, tell their friends, and grow in their faith. While each of our meeting spaces will look different, the culture and atmosphere of our gatherings needs to become a priority of our ministry. And no one can tell you about your culture like a guest.

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Notes To My Younger Self

Notes To My Younger Self

Like many interns I loved it and thought, “I can get paid to do this fun stuff?” This experience kindled an interest and passion for ministry that has carried me through to this day.

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MSM Measuring Sticks

MSM Measuring Sticks

What I’ve observed is this: when middle school youth workers don’t get feedback from the kids themselves (or their parents, or the church), they often look to unhelpful measuring sticks to gauge whether or not they’re on the right track.

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3 Major Shifts in a 6 th Grader’s Life (And 3 Ways to Help)

3 Major Shifts in a 6 th Grader’s Life (And 3 Ways to Help)

6th grade is a big year in the life of the average teenager. In addition to being introduced to middle school youth ministry, which can be world-shaking within itself, there are several large shifts that change everything in their young lives. In order to continue to provide relevant, meaningful ministry for middle schoolers, it is helpful to consider these shifts and what it might mean for our ministry…

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