When it comes to separating or combining middle school and high school ministry environments, there are many factors to consider: ministry size, volunteers, space, budgets, and more. With variables like these, how do we create engaging and developmentally appropriate environments for middle AND high schoolers? This week, join ministry leaders as they discuss the benefits and drawbacks of separate and combined ministries, as well as possible solutions you can begin implementing in your ministry.


In a combined environment, when middle schoolers show up, high schoolers most likely do not. (1:00)

Middle schoolers are asking different questions than high school students. (2:00)

The way you communicate to a middle school student is different than the way you communicate to a high school student. (2:30)

The idea of critical mass with students is a legitimate strategy. Students want other students in the room. (8:15)

When and how do you start having middle school events separate from high school events? (10:00)

When middle school and high school ministries are separate, it allows high school students to serve in the middle school ministry. (11:00)

The influence of a high schooler in the life of a middle schooler is important, and different than the influence of an adult. (12:00)

You don’t have to start with separate ministries. You can start by separating small groups. (17:00)

There are many options when it comes to separating your middle school and high school ministries. (18:30)

Developmentally, middle schoolers and high schoolers are distinctly different. (25:00)

It’s not a question of separate or combined. It’s about being developmentally appropriate toward both middle schoolers and high schoolers. (26:00)



Book: It’s Just A Phase by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy

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