i was massively revising an old seminar on middle school ministry while in new zealand last week, and updated some stuff i didn’t find complete enough anymore. i had previously taught an axiom: “quality middle school ministry always takes place in the context of meaningful relationships and meaningful ministry opportunities.” it wasn’t that i completely disagreed with that; but it didn’t feel like the whole story, or the best way of expressing the whole truth.
so i came up with this:
great middle school ministry takes place at a 3-way intersection:
- feeling stuff (belonging and safety)
- doing stuff (particularly serving, but also the sort of ‘doing stuff’ that provides a shared experience for relationships of meaning and a sense of agency)
- saying stuff (“verbalization of belief is more important–or a higher priority–than accuracy of belief”)