Middle School

Plan Your Year

An online resource to align your teaching strategy, event calendar, and leadership training into one integrated plan. Read More

Talking to Your Students About Social Media

As I look across the faces of our high school students each week, I can’t help but think about the way their lives are now so freely shared with the… Read More

Middle Schoolers Challenge Everything: How to Navigate Questions and Doubts About the Easter Story

Editor’s Note—Because of the coronavirus, Easter will look a little different in 2020. So we’re helping churches and families adjust to this new reality with a newly reimagined Easter Jam resource. You can download this at-home Easter experience for the whole family… Read More

The Volunteer Middle Schoolers Need

So…if no volunteer can ever know what a parent knows, then why recruit anyone to help with kids? It would definitely make things easier if you could just tell parents, “Since you know more than we can ever know, and you have… Read More

You Get 40 Hours a Year: Here’s What You Need to Teach Them

So, here’s the question: If you have less than 20 times to connect to a sixth grader this year, what are you going to teach them? Are you going to take them chronologically through the entire Bible? Are you going to cover… Read More

How to Read a Middle Schooler’s Mind

“Read their mind” is just another way of saying: Every leader needs to understand what’s changing mentally and physically. When you know what can be expected of a phase, you are able to give kids the right amount of success. In Deuteronomy… Read More

If They Aren’t Asking Questions, They Aren’t Listening

There are three drives that are hardwired in every kid:   Wonder Discovery Passion  If you think about those drives as dials you turn to help a kid connect with God, then what if you turn those dials to different volumes for different… Read More

Helping Middle Schoolers Answer: Who Am I?

Every phase of a kid's life has unique cultural changes. But you can’t discover everything you need to know about the culture of childhood and adolescence in a book. By the time a book is printed, culture has changed.  The only way… Read More

[E-Book] Raise the Flag: Middle School Matters More Than You Think

Looking for encouragement? Or language to convince someone why what you do matters so much? Check out and be encouraged by an eBook all about why middle school matters more than we think. You’ll hear from voices like Tom Shefchunas, Mark Oestreicher,… Read More