Here are some questions I was recently asked about the world of middle school ministry. Here is how I answered these questions. I would love to know your thoughts, pushbacks, snaps. Let’s keep pouring unconditional love on these middle schoolers so that the experience of God’s people match the theology we are trying to communicate!
How would you say Junior High students define salvation?
For those who have grown up around the church, they would say that salvation means that God died for their sins and because of that they can go to heaven. For those outside the church, I don’t think they have any mental parameters for salvation. It doesn’t make sense and answers no felt needs. They get that God loves them and that they are special.
How would you define salvation?
Salvation is the total redemption of those who were lost, isolated, and alone by their own choices and the choices of those around them. While we were yet sinners, Christ came, lived, taught, died and rose again so that we may have our sins atoned for, our debt ransomed and then have the gift of being adopted into the family of God as full blown daughters and sons, with all the rights and responsibilities that come with that high honor.Read More