Middle school

Avoiding the Holy Huddle – Challenging Students Beyond the Church Walls

October 18, 2013    
Keith Parker    

I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our students is that the Kingdom of God is larger than the four walls of our church building.  When students graduate from our ministry, I hope that they find a place to worship, to serve, to grow, and to connect with other Christians.  Whether they end up worshiping at Hazelwood with us or somewhere else, the goal is that they stick…    read more 

Guest Post: Why we chose to only do Youth Group on Sunday Mornings

August 6, 2013    

About 6 years ago we made the decision to cancel our Wednesday night youth group for middle school students and move everything we did to Sunday mornings. For more info about what our Sunday morning program looks like click here. We also chose to cancel our Sunday morning and Sunday night gatherings for High School and move everything to Wednesday night. We saw both numerical growth and the quality of ministry increase…    read more 

Getting inside the mind of a Middle School student

July 29, 2013    

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…    read more 

Youth Ministry Group Game – Shark Attack

May 22, 2013    
Ben Read    

This game actually started out as a bit of a joke as a few of my Middle School Leaders and I were brainstorming games. We thought about how you could make almost any game 50x better in, middle school ministry, by simply adding pool noodles to it, how even shark’s and minnows would become an entirely new game for the students who play it every year in the pool, if you simply…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Who's the Hero?

May 14, 2013    
Ben Read    

Here’s a fun Youth Group game we played this past weekend with our middle schoolers that only needs a life saver and some string. Have your group get into a circle (or more, depending on how large your group is) with one person in the middle. Now, the only part that could be tough is that you need a piece of string long enough for one person to hold onto both ends…    read more 

Why Your Students Shouldn't Have Their Cell Phones During Youth Group

May 13, 2013    
Ben Read    

Jeremy and I decided to write articles today about the two options Youth Groups face when it comes to cell phones at church.  I loved writing my article after his so that I could read what he said and formulate my argument based on his post. I count myself as one who loves phones; my iPhone’s charge never lasts a full day because I use my phone just that much. I’m borderline-addicted…    read more 

Are you coming to Orange Conference 2013? You could WIN

April 23, 2013    
Ben Read    

I’ve loved the tradition of making my way to Atlanta every April for the gathering of Student Pastors, Children Pastors, and Sr. Pastors that occurs at the Orange Conference. The number one thing I’ve always heard others say about the Orange Conference is “would the conference be of benefit to me if I don’t use the curriculum?” and I always emphatically say YES. Here’s a look back at some of the sessions…    read more 

Instagram themed Youth Ministry Game Night

April 3, 2013    
Ben Read    

We know many Youth Pastors love themed Youth Group nights, and we do too. In our Middle School Ministry, we are having one tonight, and our theme is Instagram, and it’s all games. I’m really excited about using a brand new product to take this night to the next level, and that is the sweet resource InstafeedLIVE from the great folks at StuffYouCanUse.org. InstafeedLIVE is a super simple website that fetches instagram…    read more 

Youth Group Game: Scattergram

April 3, 2013    
Ben Read    

Another instagram game we came up with for our Instagram themed game night of Middle School Ministry. We’ll be using the killer new product from the great folks over at Stuff You Can Use, Instafeed Live. How to Play this Youth Ministry Game: This game is essentially the instagram version of the popular board game Scattergories (hence the name). To play, the teams are all given the same list of about 10…    read more 

Youth Ministry Game: Insta-scramble

April 3, 2013    
Ben Read    

We’re doing an instagram themed game night tonight with our Middle School ministry, and so I wanted to come up with several games that could be integrated with my personal favorite social network. This first youth group game, to be honest, is a bit of a stretch, and really is a game you could play without using the instagram theme. How to Play this Youth Ministry Game What we’re doing is going…    read more 

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