Middle School

Communicating To Middle Schoolers In A Digital Environment

Communicating to middle schoolers isn’t easy. But communicating to middle schoolers in a digital environment? Well, that’s a totally different ballgame—one we’ve all had to get familiar with in a… Read More

When Only One Student Shows Up to Small Group 

We have all been there. We show up to small group, and we're the only person who showed up to small group. Confession: I have led middle school small groups… Read More

3 Things to Remember When Talking About Freedom to Middle and High Schoolers

If you have spent any time with middle or high school students you know one thing is true. Freedom matters to them. Often, they want more freedom or become overwhelmed with the freedom they do have. The truth is that many middle… Read More

How to Grow Your Faith Outside of Programming

As much as I wish students would clear their calendars and see weekly youth ministry programming as a not-to-be-missed part of their week, it just isn’t. And that’s okay, because attendance is one thing. But it isn’t EVERYTHING. (Can someone please tell… Read More

Building an All-Star Youth Ministry Teaching Team

Building a teaching team will make you a better student ministry leader. Now, I know. You might be thinking something like: “I don’t have time to build a teaching team! I barely have time to recruit new small group leaders. How in… Read More

Why Talk About Singleness In Middle School?

“Should we really do a talk on singleness?” I asked this question of our XP3 Middle School team here at Orange Students during a brainstorming session for our upcoming series on sex and dating called Real Talk. Of course, I understood the… Read More

A Safe Place for Every Race

Deep inside every person is a desire to be welcomed and wanted. Many communities across the United States are rapidly diversifying and youth pastors need tools to create spaces where youth of all races are welcomed and wanted. This may seem daunting,… Read More

7 Trends in Youth Ministry Seen By Orange Specialists

As Orange Specialists, Charlie, Brett and I have had the privilege of connecting with Youth Leaders all over the world—literally. One of the cool parts about that is noticing the trends in youth ministries based on size, location, region and even race.… Read More

Mobilizing Your Middle School Small Groups to Serve

As a first-year teacher, one of the best things I said yes to was leading an extra-curricular group called “SHOUT.” This group consisted of student leaders who wanted to help others and better themselves in the process. Literally, that’s what SHOUT meant:… Read More