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An Uncommon JH Ministry Part 2

Two days ago I listed a couple of examples of things that might help make a junior high ministry “uncommon”, with an explanation of both. I thought I’d make it into a little blog series, but don’t have the attention span to do so! So….part 2 of this “series” is the last…and I’m simply going to list some more “uncommon” things without explanation, and let you chew on them. Add a few to the list if you would like.

An uncommon JH ministry might…
– NOT be youth worker-centric, and driven by the leader’s personality.
– NOT allow adults to play roles JHers could easily play instead.
– only play games that are safe, encouraging and contribute positively.
– be led by some of the most mature leaders in the church.
– look for ways to embrace “big church” instead of fighting against it.
– tackle some of the tougher realities students face such as bullying, sexuality, pressure to perform, abandonment, etc.
– refuse to get a laugh from the crowd at the expense of one. (chubby jokes, pimple jokes, nerd jokes, etc.)
– become “Jesus-centric”.

Just a few to get you thinking…

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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.