3 Lies About Middle Schoolers

I may be just a tad partial to middle school ministry. After spending five years working with 6-8 graders you either really like them or really dislike them. Thankfully, I really like them. It also opens your eyes to how critical this age range is. It may have been true that 20 years ago middle […]

When You Fail…I AM

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” – Exodus 3:11 A lot of us know the story of Moses. A lot of middle schoolers know the story of Moses. But I wonder how often we grasp the gravity of […]

More Than Words

So Paul writes something pretty cool in his first letter to the church at Thessalonica. We find this in chapter 2, verse 8. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God┬ábut also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. What […]

Middle School Missions Is Greater At Home

So recently I blogged on how my mindset shifted from taking a weeklong missions trip to attending a weeklong summer camp. I am sure there were those who were like “Dude – thats unbiblical to go against having students taking care of the poor and widows and orphans.” And I’m like “totally – I’m all […]

When Summer Camp Trumps Missions Trip

Yesterday I posted on my mindset shift of taking middle schoolers to summer camp rather than simply going on a missions trip. I grew up going on missions trips, hardly ever going to camp. I used to tell myself it was selfish to go to camp, that going on a missions trip was good because […]

When Summer Camp Trumps Missions Trip

Until recently, I would have never gone to a summer camp with students. I was all about missions trips. But after processing numerous summers of weeklong trips to impoverished communities with a team of middle school students – its not so much I think those don’t belong. But I question the health of such trips […]

3 Things I Have Learned About Middle Schoolers

This past week I have reached the end of three years with a great class of students and the beginning of a new chapter with incoming students. Reflecting back on this week, the breakthrough we had at camp, and what I have learned about middle school discipleship, it really is summed up simply in this:┬áJesus, […]