In this post - I want to help equip you as a parent, community leader, pastor, or whatever role you serve to begin to shape what it looks like to equip concrete-thinkers to live on mission with God. But what do these rhythms of their everyday life look like? I can help you think through our middle school specific community - and I can tell you from my experience in community with friends in both rural and urban context with concrete-thinkers which of these things overlap. At the end of the day - you have been entrusted to your context by the Lord. These are merely tools to spark conversation and aid in the challenge of discipling concrete-thinking students. These rhythms are adapted from work by Dave Ferguson here and Jeff Vanderstelt here. The goal is not to bring something new but approach it from a concrete-thinking mindset and world.
While this post is by no means comprehensive - I am excited that we are in the works to produce a ConcreteDisciple guides for students - which will provide hands on studies to invite them to be a part of what God is doing. Feel free to sign up to our email update if you would like to access these FREE resources once they are finalized and edited
Begin With Prayer
Verses to read: 1 Chronicles 16:11, Judges 1:1-2, 2 Samuel 2:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Matthew 7:7
What to say to concrete-thinkers: We want you to ask, ‘God how do you want me to bless the people in the places you’ve sent me to?’
THINK: Who am I with? Who am I bringing with me?
Our guide walks through concept verses, story of God passages, setting up weekly rhythms, and follow-up sections to help equip concrete disciples to live this out every day. Be sure you sign up for when this guide is released!
Verses to read: James 1:19-20, Psalm 34:11, Titus 3:1-2
What to say to concrete-thinkers: Don’t talk but listen to other middle schoolers, their struggles, their pains. Listen while you are on the bus, on social media, at the lunch table, on your sports team, wherever you go.
THINK: What needs do they have? What sort of things do they enjoy? What sort of things have hurt them?
Verses to read: 1 Corinthians 10:31, Acts 2:42-47
What to say to concrete-thinkers: Find time to eat with people. Sharing a meal builds relationships. After the game - go out to grab milkshakes together to celebrate (win or lose - celebrate the team) invite someone to eat lunch at your table - or sit down at their table to eat with them.
THINK: Who has God placed around me? Who can I share a meal with this week?
Verses to read: 1 Peter 4:10-11, Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Galatians 5:13-14
What to say to concrete-thinkers: As you listen and eat with people God will reveal and people will tell you how to love them and you’ll know how to serve them. Maybe it means saying hi to them in the hall, maybe it means a ride home from practice, maybe it means helping them with homework or inviting them over.
THINK: What needs do they have and how can I serve them by meeting those needs?
Verses to read: Titus 2:11-15, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Isaiah 61:1
What to say to concrete-thinkers: After awhile, you will be able to share the story of how Jesus changed your life. Spend time getting to know the story of God and practice telling your story.
THINK: Do I know the story of God? Who needs to hear my story of Jesus changing me who hasn’t heard it yet?
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