Summer is just around the corner! For those of you thinking about a Mission Trip for your summer, how do middle school students fit into that plan? I talk a little bit about what we do for our own mission trips AND what you might consider in planning yours as well.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Thinking about who, what and where of a mission trip
  • Building trust with parents BEFORE the trip happens
  • Planning some meetings to help get our information and expectations
  • Giving updates while on the trip

Now get out there and have a great mission trip!

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For those of you in the trenches of ministry to middle school students, this recap of my last Sunday might sound familiar to you.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Ukele's
  • Funny videos that weren't
  • Rainbow lights
  • Nearly broken computers

Be encouraged!

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Middle school drama. It's going to happen. In this episode I talk about what we do in two different instances of drama: middle school drama directed at adults and drama between students.

It doesn't ever all go away because we're all going to have drama. In this episode, however, hopefully I talk about how to better deal with it in these ways:

  • Talking about respect versus fun
  • Defining what respect looks like
  • Showing students the Biblical way to confrontation
  • Reminding ourselves the goal of raising functioning adults!

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We had a middle school retreat this last weekend and I learned a ton! This year, we had an AMAZING student to leader ratio, but more importantly we made a big push to set the expectations we had on our leaders early. I talk a little bit about that in today's episode.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Helping leaders avoid the bubble
  • Getting them to have conversations with students
  • Helping them be above reproach
  • Setting expectations so you can see results!

 

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Do your middle school students have cell phones? A lot of mine don't! At a recent training we were talking about a few different ways we could encourage students who don't have a cell phone yet and, even though some of our ideas were old school, they can still be such a big win!

In this episode I talk about:

  • Mailing stuff: postcards, letters, snacks
  • Going to their events/games/plays
  • Inviting them to hang out and eat on a bank holiday

This all happened because of a DYMU training video. Check it out!

If you've never heard of DYMUniversity, what are you waiting for? Click here.

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I'm not bitter, I promise. But MAN have I been neck deep in food allergies this year in Middle School ministry!

I don't know about you, but with every event, retreat, and trip I've been flooded with questions about food. I hope this helps you think through these issues in your minsitry before they become issuses!

In this episode I talk about:

  • Having a food allergy policy
  • Making a distinction between medically neccesary and preference
  • Wanting students to learn how to manage their own allergies

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More words on Middle School students and social media!

In this episode I talk about:

  • How students should think of social media like a tattoo.
  • That students should THINK before they post
  • Why we should model this approach in our own social media use.

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In this episode, I take some lessons learned from conversations with the queen of middle school ministry, Katie Edwards and share them with you! We do our students a disservice if we just hand them social media accounts without any training about how to use them.

We also do our parents a disservice if we don't talk about this with them as well! 

In this episode I talk about:

  • The benefit of getting social media accounts in steps, instead of all at once
  • Comparing getting a social media account to getting a driver's license
  • The reality that once it's posted, it never goes away

 

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In this episode, I get to talk to Gabe Reed and Amanda Veenstra, the middle school pastors at Napanee Missionary Church in Napanee, Indiana.

We talked about the positive aspects of working with Middle School students because, let's face it, most of the time we don't hear about that part! It was a great conversation and you should totally hit them up. They're doing a great job out there!

We talked about:

  • Our own middle school experiences
  • Recruiting MS Volunteers
  • How to talk about MS ministry in a positive way!

Gabe's twitter: @gabriel.s.reed 

Amanda's twitter: @amandarae_veenstra

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In this episode, I don't talk much. That's because I'm listening to Middle School Ministry Guru Mark Oestreicher (MarkO) talk about how he goes about trying to understand the kid in front of us. The squirrelly middle school student who shouts out during prayer time or

You got this.

We take a look at:

  • Middle School students and abstract thought
  • Helping Middle School students "flex" their abstract thinking muscle
  • A great book to read: How God Changes Your Brain
  • Taking ministering to Middle School students seriously (but maybe not yourself so much)

Check out Mark O's day job: The Youth Cartel

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