8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

8 Hacks For Managing a Roomful of Teenagers

Pop quiz for all you student pastors out there! Have you ever stood in front of a roomful of teenagers and felt like you had absolutely no control over what was happening in the room? Have you ever attempted to teach a lesson and walked off stage wondering if the students even heard and processed anything you said? Have you ever tried to engage your student audience in your lesson, but lost complete control of the room in the process? Have you ever just wanted to give up (or at least shout a... Read More
How to Help 6th Graders Navigate Drama at School

How to Help 6th Graders Navigate Drama at School

Psst! Did you hear about Emily and Olivia? Oh my gosh they had the biggest fight ever. And Ryan started the whole thing! Everybody’s talking about it! And so goes the story heard round the school. Measly kid stuff . . . unless you’re Emily’s mom, Olivia’s small group leader, or Ryan’s pastor. You lucky few better be all ears and ready for tears. Put any sixth grade class up against the latest hit reality show and you’ve got yourself a real contest. Help middle schoolers tone things down a... Read More
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
3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

3 Ways to Leverage This Year’s Mission Trip to Make Next Year’s Even Better

If you read Part 1 of this two-part list last week, you have already completed (or are on your way to checking off) the first three items on your post mission trip to-do list: A Parent Resource The Follow-Up Surveys  Space for Students to Share  #HighFive !! Read Part 1: Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List Now, let’s talk about three things you can do to ensure next year’s mission trips go even more smoothly than this past summer’s. No, we can’t guarantee there won’t be sickness—viral,... Read More
Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Your (Post) Mission Trip To Do List

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. Wait. Mission trip to do list? This would have been great to have in May. While it’s true this year’s mission trip season is in the rearview mirror, I’m here to tell you (beg you, implore you) there are just a few more things to do in order to make this year’s trips leave a lasting impression as well as prepare for even better mission trip experiences next summer. In fact, the most important mission work you do is, arguably, right now, right here, from... Read More