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Articles | Middle School | Simply Insider | Small Groups
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When Your Son Starts Junior High…

In our house, we’re working with the change that’s taking place as our oldest son, Aeden, is entering into junior high this fall. As parents, who’ve worked in youth ministry for 21 years, we feel completely inept and unprepared for this new season of life...
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Articles | Discipleship | Middle School
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Helping Students Transition From Children’s to Youth Ministry

Once again, you have successfully completed the ‘move up’ checklist. It’s that time of year when the elementary school grads join middle school youth ministry. Welcome letter and packet sent. Check. Move-up night in the bulletin. Check. Email new parents. Post events to the website..
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Articles | Leadership | Middle School
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Junior High Youth Workers: Four Things to Look For

If your junior high ministry is like most, you are in need of help, and are constantly on the lookout for suckers (errr, qualified candidates) to join the cause. And, if your junior high ministry is like most, because you are in need of help,..
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Articles | Middle School
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How to Teach Junior Highers without Losing Your Mind, Part 3

Teaching junior highers; I’m not sure a higher calling exists! Churches often make the mistake of seeing junior high ministry as a place for young, or spiritually immature, leaders to cut their teeth and learn the ropes of ministry. This is a massive mistake, largely..
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Articles | Middle School
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How to Teach Junior Highers Without Losing Your Mind, Part 2

Last week I had the joy to “preach” in our church’s weekly staff meeting. Somebody teaches every week; I hadn’t in a very long time. Afterwards, no fewer than a dozen people pulled me aside to share how much they appreciated what I had to..
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