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Middle School

Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

Rubber Bands

Over the years, rubber bands have made expected and unexpected appearances in our junior high ministry.

– We’ve held contests to see how many somebody could stretch from ear to ear.
– We’ve held contests seeing who could shoot theirs the farthest.
– We’ve wrapped tons of them around a pumpkin hoping to make it burst.
– We’ve spent an entire small group night unwrapping a rubber band ball and attempting to re-wrap it.
– We’ve played “dodge-band” in super tight spaces (that one didn’t work too well)

Rubber bands, and the multitude of strange uses they provide, are a wonderful reminder of a junior high ministry principle:

Junior Highers Will Get Excited About What The Leaders Make Exciting

For sure, every single one of our rubber band adventures could have flopped; there was really nothing uber-exciting about any of them, but the adults in the room were committed to the cause. As far as the adults were concerned, shooting rubber bands for distance or playing a round of “dodge band” was going to be the most exciting 15 minutes of the week…and this convinced our junior highers of the same thing.

Attitudes are contagious.
Fun is contagious.
Energy is contagious.
Passion is contagious.
Compassion is contagious.
Joy is contagious.
Love is contagious.

Junior highers will follow your lead. They will go where you choose to take them. Rubber bands prove this to be true.

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  • Erik w/a k says:

    I was just having this conversation with a group of volunteer youth workers last night. They don’t have a youth pastor and were looking for some insider tips. This is such an important truth to pass on to leaders. Thanx Kurt!!

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