We often discover and learn so much from our students and because of that, we write posts about what we are learning about this crucial age and post it here for you all!
“They began to search for him among their relatives and friends… they found him… sitting among the teachers.” – Luke 2:52 If you haven’t picked up on it yet, middle school is a time of BIG changes. Mental change is the most significant. Physical change is the most obvious. Emotional change is the most frustrating. […]
The gospel is the best hope for a culture seeking out community in plastic toys and rubber balls.
We just added a picture Gallery from our first day and this morning’s Bike Safety Rodeo. The students are doing awesome. Our first day consisted of leaving Woodstock at 7:45AM and arriving in Phoenix at 12:55. Whataburger was our first stop in Phoenix. We spent a few minutes setting up our sleeping area at Family of Faith Fellowship. 19 air mattresses inflated and 3 deflated last night, Ha. We had pizza at the Ferguson’s while the students packed the gift bags that were handed out this morning at the bike safety training.
This morning (April 2nd) we had the honor of supporting Freedom Life Church’s bike safety rodeo. The students did amazing with their individual roles. 60 people from the community took advantage of the opportunity for their kids to learn bike safety rules. 80% of the kids here ride their bikes to school. So bike safety is an area of need. We were able to have several great conversations about Freedom Life Church. Everyone was very excited about having the opportunity to have their kids learn some good information about bike safety.
Tonight we are hosting a block party in a neighborhood. Going to love on some people and spread the word about Freedom Life Church.
Every aspect of raising a godly teenager is a marathon, but every well-paced step matters.
Often we can think that we have nothing to offer these students whom we are discipling, but we have to trust that God knows what he’s doing, and for some reason there is something the Lord has done in you that he wants you, and only you, to now pass onto them.
Celebrate, both privately in prayer and publicly with that student the small but significant works God is doing in their lives.
Many times, when discipling students, especially middle school kids, we enter into the process much like Judy Hops – excited, big dreams, hopes of seeing the life of a young kid radically altered. But soon we find out, most of them are spiritual sloths – they have the right heart and intentions, but it moves agonizingly slow.
Understanding Middle Schoolers – Part 4: Mental Change We have covered a lot of ground regarding young adolescent development, but the most important part of the journey happens next. Physical changes tend to get the most attention because they are obvious. Emotional changes can be the most frustrating as they affect teenagers’ ability to relate […]
“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 Last week in the pursuit of understanding middle schoolers, we dove into their physical changes. Physical changes are the most apparent, sometimes the most awkward, and often the changes kids feel the most intimidated by. The next change we’ll examine is not as glaringly obvious to kids, but usually quite […]
Physical Change “And Jesus increased in… stature.” – Luke 2:52 Our last post gave an overall summary of understanding the middle schooler and the 5 categories of change they go through. We also emphasized the significance of this stage of life, and the window of great opportunity we have to affect the trajectory of students’ […]