An excellent article from Mary Lee Becker about doing ministry with our favorite people - middle schoolers!
Early Adolescent Development
MLK’s important speech to Junior High Students (a lesson on audience, purpose, profundity, and truth)
One of MLK's most famous quotes comes from a speech he delivered to junior high students. Read more about why that matters for us today.
Middle School Ministers
Do we really believe the things we say about middle schoolers' faith, namely that it can be real and vibrant and transformative?
Things middle schoolers say to their WyldLife Leaders (and other interested adults)
"You're totally my spirit animal!" "I hope this camp isn't going to tell me what to do all the time. I hate camps that tell me what to do all the time. I hope this is a free-range camp." "We totally have a black market on slime and spinners at this school." "Pass the ketchup." … Continue reading Things middle schoolers say to their WyldLife Leaders (and other interested adults)
Why MS Girls Freak Out
(See the original post, written by Kristen Ivy, here). Here are 35 reasons why a middle school girl might freak out, from the viewpoint of a parent. Yep. This sounds exactly right. I woke her up on time. Her school won’t let her wear leggings as pants. I drive a mini van. Zayn left One … Continue reading Why MS Girls Freak Out
The Middle School Brain (a 4-minute video)
We all know that the early adolescent brain is going through lots of changes. Here's a great breakdown of what those changes are and how they can affect your interaction with middle schoolers. (Produced by XP3 Middle School Media.)
Three Magic Words
"Tell me more." That's it. That's the secret. Now you know.
Ten Ways to Be a Better Listener
FACT: If you're a better listener, you'll be a better WyldLife leader. Here are 10 tips from Celeste Headlee's TED talk, applied to a WyldLife context.
Embrace the tangled squiggle: why we love middle schoolers
People who love middle schoolers understand an important life principle - that embracing the unmanaged, untidy, and unpredictable tangle known as "early adolescence" is one of the most important things we will ever do.
10 MORE Important Things About Middle School Ministry
Here are 10 more important things about middle school ministry from Kurt Johnston's book, "99 Thoughts About Junior High Ministry."