Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents [NOOK Book]

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Many people run scared from the middle school youth room. But (thankfully!) there are people out there who are actually drawn to those young teens. Although often times they’re not equipped to deal with the unique challenges that middle school ministry presents, or they’re just not sure what to do when a room full of young teens (who are “part child, but not quite adult”) are running around the youth room. Finally, there’s a comprehensive guide to middle school ministry, from two veterans of this unchartered ...

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Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents

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Overview

Many people run scared from the middle school youth room. But (thankfully!) there are people out there who are actually drawn to those young teens. Although often times they’re not equipped to deal with the unique challenges that middle school ministry presents, or they’re just not sure what to do when a room full of young teens (who are “part child, but not quite adult”) are running around the youth room. Finally, there’s a comprehensive guide to middle school ministry, from two veterans of this unchartered territory. Mark Oestreicher and Scott Rubin help youth workers understand the importance of middle school ministry, the development process for young teens and their implications for ministry, and how to best minister to these sometimes misunderstood students. They share their experiences (as middle school pastors and parents of middle schoolers), giving youth workers he encouragement, hope, and training they need to succeed in middle school ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310867401
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 908,509
  • File size: 835 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and former president of Youth Specialties. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0 and Middle School Ministry, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant.  Marko leads The Youth Cartel, providing a variety of resources, coaching and consultation to youth workers, churches and ministries. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two teenage children, Liesl and Max.  www.whyismarko.com.


Scott Rubin has been on staff at Willow Creek Community Church for 18 years, and he's currently the director of Elevate, the junior high ministry at Willow Creek. Scott, along with an entirely-fantastic team of staff and volunteer leaders, has the privilege of helping young adolescents follow Jesus. He also co-authored two books in the Middle School Survival Series with Mark Oestreicher.
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  • Posted July 1, 2009

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    Exceptional understanding about an often misunderstood age group

    For rather appropriate reasons, there's a squirrel on the cover of this book. While middle school ministry has received more dignity in recent years than the church has given it in the past, working with young teens requires the same kind of intentionality that approaching a fuzzy rodent in its natural habitat might. As the authors contend, this stage of life cannot simply be written off as a "holding tank" for high school - much care must be put into connecting early adolescents to Christ in this "make-or-break" timeframe if they hope to experience a lifetime of spiritual significance.

    While the average youth worker already knows all of this, a hole has existed in many ministry circles regarding the appropriate training and insights that this resource dynamically addresses. Oestreicher and Rubin blend humorous narratives with confident passion to seamlessly volley their combined experiences and research with the 11-14 age group. The result is this comprehensive offering that uses humble, everyday language with just the right amount of academic color commentary from other professionals.

    The first section help unpack what is happening within and to the average preteen, while the second section offers practical ideas to be sure that what is happening within and through you appropriately matches up. The authors give you every reason to succeed and stay inspired, from the special Q&A and ideas section that close out the book to the guest contributor's "Why I Do This" story provided in each chapter. As a dad, I found the insights on "normalizing their experiences" the single most important takeaway on how I relate with my own kids. As a reviewer and lead pastor, though, I can't think of a better book to put into the hands of anyone in youth ministry. or your whole church.

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