3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid. Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life. Of course you now know that middle school drama, like everything else, won’t matter in a few short years. With the right approach you can help preteens focus on... Read More
Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

The phase, or the time in a kid’s life that we influence significant relationships, understand present realities, and leverage distinctive opportunities, flow in a continuum that requires all kid and student ministry workers to have a basic knowledge how one impacts the other. The four phases that allow us to embrace, engage, affirm, and mobilize a kid from birth into adulthood do not stand alone. One phase directly affects another and the needs of one phase never completely dissipates. They... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Brooklyn Lindsey

Voices of the Phase Project :: Brooklyn Lindsey

Every middle schooler needs someone to affirm their personal journey. Maybe that’s why after 16 years in middle school ministry affirmation is part of Brooklyn’s second nature. Even if she wasn’t an expert on the mind and world of adolescence, even if she wasn’t a skilled communicator, even if she didn’t have a passion for connecting teens to consistent service opportunities, we might keep Brooklyn on speed dial just because. Here’s what Brooklyn Lindsey had to say when we asked her a few... Read More
They Grow Up So Fast | It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It

They Grow Up So Fast | It’s Just A Phase So Don’t Miss It

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. “They grow up so fast.” That’s the number one comment I hear from strangers who see me with my children. They are six, four, and six months and we are a walking reminder to everyone who has ever had kids that time is moving. It’s the sentiment of grandparents everywhere. The days when their children were six, four, and six months feel a breath away. It’s the bafflement of teachers. They may... Read More