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A Creed For Young Teens

As we all know young teens, especially boys, have fairly limited attention spans…add to that the new reality that they have been raised in a sound bite/facebook status update/twitter culture where so much of their information comes at them in bite-sized pieces.

Because of this, I have wanted to create a simple little “creed” that they can easily remember that, in my opinion holds the keys to success in life.

The early generation had coach John Woodens “pyramid of success” (have you seen the complexity of that thing?). I now offer my modern day, Tweet-sized alternative.

1. LOVE JESUS
2. WORK YOUR BUTT OFF
3. TREAT OTHERS WELL

I’m no John Wooden, but I think this sums up the three biggest traits the kids in our ministries need to pursue as they enter their teenage years….shoot, it’s probably stuff we ALL need to pursue!

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kurtjohnston@churchleaders.com'
Kurt Johnston has been involved in junior high ministry since 1988 and is currently the junior high pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the author of Controlled Chaos: Making Sense of Junior High Ministry and Go Team! He loves providing resources for junior high ministry almost as much as he loves junior highers themselves.