Water Slides, Middle Schoolers, and Jesus

So yesterday was a full 8 hours spent shivering in cloudy, temperamental Northeast Ohio weather to…get wet. With around 25 middle schoolers and 3 other brave adults – we ventured to the defunct SeaWorld turned Wildwater Kingdom water park in Aurora, OH. And more than just a bunch of water slides, wave pools, and beach […]

When There Are Crowds

And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with […]

The Five Letter Word

Today I am blogging about that crazy five letter word. Usually we write about words in terms of letters when they are bad. But this word is actually really good – and much needed – not just in the world of middle school ministry, but in responding to Jesus’ call to follow me. The word is […]

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 […]

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 but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. What […]

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 […]