An excellent article from Mary Lee Becker about doing ministry with our favorite people - middle schoolers!
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.
Sound Effects (up front/large group game)
It's like charades. But with sounds. So not really like charades at all. Waaaaay better than charades.
Tic Tac Toe, reimagined on an EXTREME scale, larger than life, fast and fierce.
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)
Dodgeball Club (Club-to-Go)
Dodgeball is to WyldLife what apple-pie is to America: indispensable. It never goes out of style.
3 Things I Didn’t Expect My First Year on Staff (and how I navigated them)
Sometimes our expectations of being a WyldLife leader don't line up with reality. And that can be a good thing...
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.)