One of the keys to being an effective leader for junior high students is the willingness to journey back to your own junior high experiences. Some of them are exciting and some of them, like some of mine, are painful.
Our current students are really not that far off from where we were growing up.
It’s natural that the older we get, the less we remember about our youth; but it’s important for us to “revisit” the past… who we were, who we hung out with, and who we went to for advice. By stepping back in time, you can begin to remember your journey forward that made you into the person you are today.
Remembering what life was like for us helps us appreciate what life is like for today’s junior high student.
Take a look at these questions, be truthful to yourself, and answer in the comments. Together, let’s take a walk in their shoes and remember what it’s like.
I went to______________________Junior High School.
My favorite band was________________________.
My favorite outfit was_____________________________.
In junior high, my biggest fear was_______________________________.
My junior high crush was__________________________________.
I was involved in __________________________.
The thing that rocked my world the most in junior high was _____________________________________________________________.
My most painful experience was_________________________________.
I felt that God was _________________________________________.
I felt most met by God when_____________________________________.
When I grew up I wanted to be ______________________________.
If you have another question that could help you connect to your inner junior-higher, add that one in the comments as well!
Hi my name is Justin and this is my blog. I love Jr. High ministry and leadership so I talk about that a lot. I work at the church of my dreams getting to oversee all of Jr. High with a great team who are the best in the business. I'm married to the woman of my dreams, Brittany and we live in Southern California.