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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.

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My 8th grade small group last night, by the numbers:

– Students present: 14
– Leaders absent: 1
– Overwhelmed leaders present: 1 (yours truly)
– Oreo cookies consumed: 71
– Hamster Eulogies performed: 2
– References to cute girls: 9
– Shirtless wrestling matches: 3
– Boys locked into bathroom: 1
– Pairs of dirty socks worn as mittens: 1
– Unsuspecting faces rubbed by “mittens”: 11
– Prayer requests: 9
– Reports of answered prayer: 1
– Rounds of “chat or challenge”: 6
– Minutes of quality Bible discussion: 13
– Minutes of less-than-quality Bible discussion: 21
Prayers of thankfulness for being allowed to work with JH guys by leaders on way home: 1

Thanks for being there for your students,

Kurt

@kurtjohnston

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  • Scott Rubin says:

    Great post, dude. Best box score I’ve seen in a long time.

  • Holly says:

    This sounds like a typical night at our place too. So glad our boys haven’t gotten the mitten ideas yet. I could only imagine the havoc. It must smell really bad having 14 JR high boys in one place.

  • Aaron says:

    Only one adult leader and shirtless wrestling seems like a child-safety nightmare, for what that’s worth. Not being accusatory here, but in-home small groups come with their share of child-protection issues. Just 2 cents from a paranoid youth pastor.

    • Kurt Johnston says:

      Ha! I hear ya on that. To be clear:
      1) we have two leaders, one was absent.
      2) host home family is always home, too.
      3) my shirt stayed on!

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