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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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Articles | Discipleship | Middle School
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How to Teach Junior Highers Without Losing Your Mind

Junior highers are my people. For most of  ministry career I’ve had the privilege (did I really just say junior high ministry is a PRIVILEGE?) of focusing exclusively on this age group, and even as my role has changed this wonderful little tribe has remained..
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General Ministry | Middle School
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Help, I’m A Terrible Small Group Leader!

The above picture was taken last night, the first gathering of a brand new small group of awesomely awkward 7th grade guys. See me leaning in on the right? The smile on my face masks a ton of anxiety about the year ahead. – I..
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Middle School
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Turn Your Junior High Ministry Upside Down This Fall!

In the interest of full disclosure, let me say this: I’m a fan of virtually every organization, event and effort that exists to minister to junior highers! If young teens are the focus of somebody’s efforts, then I’m probably a fan. But there is one..
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