Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Five Tips for Talking to Middle Schoolers about Sex

Let’s be real. The “sex talk” you may or may not have received when you were in middle school is a far cry from the conversations middle schoolers are having about sex these days. We live in a very over-sexualized culture, and that means students are exposed to sexual images and language at a much younger age than ever before. What hasn’t changed? A middle schooler’s squirrely response to talking about this topic. They may act like they dread it, but attendance is usually at a season high... Read More
Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

Partnering With Parents During A Middle School Sex Series

You know what’s on the horizon? The XP3 Middle School sex series, which means  a few things are about to happen. Middle schoolers will act like they’re repulsed by the idea of talking about sex, yet somehow your youth group attendance will sky rocket during this series. Youth pastors will feel the pressure to be culturally relevant so students don’t think they’re lame or out of the loop, yet they have pressure from parents to not say too much about sex. (Yes, to not talk too much about... Read More
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