Concrete Disciple – Mountainside Experiences

And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach. – Mark 3:13-14 (ESV) In my years of working with middle […]

Concrete Disciple: No Other gods Before Me

“You shall have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3 Idolatry is not something we like to talk about…because we don’t struggle with it, right? And yet, as I scroll through my social media feeds I realize that we (myself included) are sorely confused. We assume because we don’t have this honking carved stone […]

Concrete Disciple – The Struggle

In Matthew 28, Jesus is clear in the command he gives his disciples, which echoes down to us. And as disciples, whether we are 62 years in age or 12 years in age, we too are commanded to make disciples. So what does that look like for a middle school student? Specifically in context of being […]

The Waiting Game

One of the most difficult parts of creating disciples, specifically of middle school students, is that it requires a lot of waiting. And a lot of patience. Because middle school students are so finicky as they move from 11 year old concrete thinkers to 14+ year old abstract thinkers, discipleship looks a lot different than […]

Concrete Disciple – Creating Moments to Process

A key to building concrete disciples is creating moments to process. Middle school students need conversations and space where they can process what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Due to their concrete nature, a tendency is to assume investing in their friends is making sure they make good choices. I recently had […]

Concrete Disciple – Outside the Box

So I am super pumped about our middle school students. I work with a great staff and a great team of leaders. As we are gearing up for this year we aren’t forsaking small groups but we’re really striving to create concrete disciples. We aren’t forsaking a programming model (middle schoolers need programs…seriously. Organic middle […]

Concrete Disciple – Middle Schoolers on Mission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 So what does it look like for a middle school student to be a […]

Concrete Disciple – 3 Questions to Ask

I’ve had the privilege these past few days to take a few middle school students out for coffee or ice cream – which isn’t unusual in my last five years of ministry. What is unusual is how God has been reshaping my mindset of ministering to middle school students. He has laid upon my heart […]

Concrete Disciple – Understanding a Concrete Thinker

How concrete is a middle schooler? When I pick my sports team I factor in abstract things such as where they are from (hometown loyalty baby) who is on the team, the skill level of those on the team, etc. However, I recently had a conversation with a soon to be seventh grader on his […]

When There Are Three

Now about eight days after these sayings, he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. – Luke 9:28 If we examine closer Jesus’ followers, we see that he calls out specifically three of them to experience a part of him beyond what either the crowds or the […]