so, i’ve written about the book scott rubin and i are co-authoring: middle school ministry: a comprehensive guide to ministry with early adolescents. our manuscript deadline is less than a month away, and we are both cranking hard. scott’s going away to a cabin for a couple days. i’m sitting at my local coffee shop for 3 – 4 hours every work day.
here’s the rough ‘table of contents’ for the book, btw. chapter titles might change, or shift in order, but this is the general idea:
Section One: Middle School Ministry? Why?
Chapter 1: Isn’t It Just Babysitting?
Chapter 2: Why I Do This
(a collection of 1-2 page essays, one each by kurt and marko; but a handful more from a wide-variety of middle school workers – church and parachurch, protestant and catholic, young and old, paid and volunteer)
Section Two: On a Need-To-Know Basis
Chapter 3: It’s All About Change
Chapter 4: Walking Hormones? (physical and sexual development)
Chapter 5: Mind-Warp (cognitive development)
Chapter 6: Rollercoaster Freak-Show (emotional development)
Chapter 7: Best Friends Forever! (relational change)
Chapter 8: I Can Do It! (Just Don’t Leave Me) (independence)
Chapter 9: Operating System Upgrade (spiritual development)
Chapter 10: White-Hot Temporary (early adolescent culture)
Chapter 11: The Overlapping Transition (some implications)
Section Three: The Land of Freaks, Geeks and Squirrels
Chapter 12: First Things First (putting yourself in their shoes)
Chapter 13: Dude! Sweetie! (building relationships with middle schoolers)
Chapter 14: You Can’t Always Wing It (a few thoughts about ministry structure)
Chapter 15: Get Small (small groups as the DNA of good MS Ministry)
Chapter 16: Ropes and Slack (effective and creative teaching)
Chapter 17: Do or Die (building a team)
Chapter 18: From Enemy to Advocate (working with parents)
Chapter 19: A Few Hard Truths, or, Why So Few Stay in Middle School Ministry
Chapter 20: See Jane Face New Issues (new issues facing middle school girls) (guest chapter by Kara Powell and Brad Griffin)
Chapter 21: 8 Traits of Great Middle School Ministry Volunteers (guest chapter by Jim Candy)
Q&A with Scott & Marko
101 Random Ministry Ideas from Scott & Marko
the first of these appendices is why i’m posting today. scott and i are going to come up with some FAQs, and he’s going to ask his vast gaggle of volunteers for questions. but i’d love to hear from you:
what question(s) about middle schoolers or middle school ministry would you like us to address in this little ‘bonus section’? we’d love to consider including your question (and, of course, a short response!). priority would be given, i would think, to questions that might not be already addressed in the body of the book (which is why i included the TOC).