Jesus-at-12 has a lot to teach us about 21st-century middle school guys. He also reminds us why we do what we do.
Month: September 2016
Beach balls, giant dice, and Twister tips: talk-starter tools
The easiest tools and tips for talking with middle schoolers are also the most fun: how to use beach balls, giant dice, and Twister spinners to get things rolling in your small group.
Middle School is NOT a “Problem”
In case you missed it, some Really Smart People said some things about middle schoolers that were then re-said by some other people and were then picked up by all the Important News Sites and all the Interesting Magazines. What they said was misleading at best. It's our job to live a different story.
8 Tips for Reading the Bible in Campaigners
By Crystal Kirgiss (West Lafayette, IN) WyldLife Leader and Regional Trainer After 30 years of leading small groups - middle school, high school, college - I'm often asked for Bible Study/Campaigner resource recommendations. My answer has always been the same: Read the Bible with your kids. Period. That's not to say that you shouldn't read … Continue reading 8 Tips for Reading the Bible in Campaigners
4 Ways to Start Conversations with Middle Schoolers
If you're meeting a middle-schooler for the first time, the standard questions (name? grade? school?) are the obvious starting point. But since many 11- to 13-year olds haven't yet learned how to carry a conversation, it's up to you to keep things going. One of the easiest ways to do that is by saying, "Tell … Continue reading 4 Ways to Start Conversations with Middle Schoolers
5 Tips for Chaperoning a Middle School Dance (with Style and Grace)
Chaperoning a middle school dance is one of The Best Ways Ever to spend your Friday night. Seriously. No joke. Read why here.