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If you could only pick FOUR….?

 —  March 1, 2012 — 6 Comments

… what 4 things would you say that Jr. Highers “value”?

We had an interesting conversation with our middle school team recently, about What Four Things Jr. Highers Value … and how those are reflected in our ministry. If they truly value these, but they’re missing or threatened in our ministry, that may jeopardize their experience — or even chase them away.

Your 4 might be different than ours… but it’s a great exercise to try.
Here are ours:
- Acceptance
– Fun
– Friendship
-To Be Taken Seriously

What’s your Top Four?

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

6 responses to If you could only pick FOUR….?

  1. Consistency – “I want to know I’ll see you again”
    Trust – “I won’t care what you know, until I first know that you care!”
    Relationships – “I want to be valued”
    Fun-Community – “Just let me have fun with others who want to have fun”

    *Last one is hyphenated so it counts!

  2. We have four values that are based on what we think jh students value:

    “Real”: Being authentic, a safe place to be who you are, freedom to doubt, etc.
    “Relational”: Celebrating friendships, people are more important than programs.
    “Relevant”: Trying to make church, God and the things of His kingdom interesting to JH students.
    “Relaxed”: JH students are stressed out…so much pressure! We try to counter this feeling.

  3. - a chance to be just a middle schooler
    - be listen to
    - to have fun
    - have opportunities to move forward

  4. Thanks for the list of four. It seems like food often has a strong connection to the fun category.

  5. It’s great to see that there’s some common themes in these values. Here’s four of ours that we think they value and how we live them out.

    Relationships are key: God created us for relationship, and spiritual growth happens best in the context of relationships. Everything we do should have a relational component to it.

    Acceptance: No matter who you are, what other people think of you, or even what you think of yourself, you are always welcome here, missed when you’re gone, and have a place to belong.

    Living in the moment: We want Jr. High kids to enjoy this crazy time in their lives. While we do talk about the future, it’s important to understand that they’re young teens and to help them embrace this unique position in life (I also wanted to fit in an “L” word for the sake of a good acronym)

    Fun: Ministry and, for that matter, Christianity should be an enjoyable experience! It’s important to enjoy time with each other and in the Word. We learn better, grow deeper, and invite more friends when something is fun!

    For Jr. High kids, it’s a good thing if we R.A.L.F.!

  6. I appreciate your passion for junior high ministry and the your list of four.

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