Middle child. Middle aged. Middle seat.
None of that sounds good. No one wants to be in the middle of anything. When we are in the middle, we feel confused, frustrated, STUCK. I can count on one hand the number of people who have told me that they had a great Middle School experience. Most of them share the same sentiment: Middle School sucks.
But what if we could shift the lens and see the middle from an entirely different point of view?
In their book, It’s Just a Phase So Don’t Miss It , Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy unpack each phase of a child’s life until 18 with remarkable insight and a revolutionary perspective on what it means to be a Middle School Student. For example, did it ever occur to you that the one thing those crazy, hormonal, overly dramatic Oscar contenders need more than anything is affirmation? These students are on a desperate search for the “WHO” of their personal story. They are stretching their understanding of the world, which suddenly got MUCH bigger than the playground, and how they see themselves fitting, or NOT fitting into it. I suspect if you look back, you’ll see some of that struggle in your own rear view mirror as well.
Imagine what could happen when we AFFIRM a middle schooler’s personal journey of discovery, providing them a safe place to ask questions and discover their God-given design and purpose.
Another powerful revelation: Middle School students think like Engineers. And Engineers are problem solvers by nature. And God, Jesus and their personal faith journey are all ripe for deconstructing, unpacking, repacking, retooling and rebuilding.
Imagine if middle school students had the freedom to express doubt and confess brokenness in an environment that fosters healing, discovery and restoration.
“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson
Suddenly, the MIDDLE has become a very MAGICAL place.
Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?
Join us January 15, 22 and 29 in the brand new Middle School space for our ministry open house. We invite you to discover what incredible experience just 2 hours a month with these engineers can be. You can sign up right here to let me know you’re coming. Don’t miss it!
For more information on the PHASE book, research project and resources, check out the website JUST A PHASE.