New Lesson Series: “Young”

A 3-Week Series about what God has to say about being “Young”. Each lesson is written uniquely breaking up the upfront speak by using discussions throughout, instead of all at the end either with a partner, small group or as a big group discussion.   These questions can easily be used or moved to the […]

Game of the Week: “Banana Baseball”

SUPPLIES: A large number of bananas (at least 30-40) Scoop ball scoops 4 Baseball bases An Outdoor area GAMEPLAY: Quick explanation: This is a messy game of baseball using bananas and a scoop ball scoop as bats  Before the Game: Pull bunches of bananas apart Set up baseball bases and playing area Playing: Divide the […]

Engaging Middle School Students in Small Groups

She was awkwardly staring me down, like only a middle school girl with a little too much attitude could. We had dismissed into small groups a while ago. I had asked her a simple question, “Why aren’t you in your small group?” She rolled her eyes, explaining she didn’t want to go to small group […]

“6 Proactive Tips for Middle School Ministry” (Kellen Roggenbuck)

I learned quickly when I started in middle school ministry that disruptions were par for the course.  Outbursts, fidgeting, non-sequiturs, and awkward smells were a normality.  It was like the moment we got into a groove with a lesson, someone would yell something, another would ask an unrelated question and through it all, the entire […]

“Let’s Pre-Teens Ask the Tough Questions” (Robert Quinn)

Our preteen ministry falls under our youth ministry. Part of what I get to do is help with our youth ministry. We just did a series that was inspired by a junior boy asking a question. The question is not important, but what hit me was soon after I had similar questions asked by our […]

New Lesson Series: “Connect” (Relationships/Friendship)

A NEW 4-Week Series on Friendship, Relationships, and Connection is Now Available in Our Lesson Store! This is a field-tested lesson series that has been taught numerous times in various forms in real-life youth ministry settings over the years. This last fall the content of this series was used as an addition to the Orange […]

News U Can Use: “Teens Ban From Trick-or-Treating”

“Last Halloween, one Virginia city went viral for banning anyone 13 years and older from trick-or-treating.  No, it wasn’t a story on The Onion. It was real. The city of Chesapeake drew national scrutiny – and social media uproar – for its decades-old ordinance that could fine or jail teens caught in costume with a sack full […]