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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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

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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