A Junior High Ministry podcast for Youth Workers!
Hosted by Justin Herman


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Whose on this episode? 

Justin Herman LINKTREE

Kurt Johnston

Saddleback Parent Ministry

Parent Skills Podcast

Mark Oestreicher The Youth Cartel

Jeff Wallace

Ben Trueblood

Caleb Kaltenbach.


Mark Oestreicher  #13 thing he loves about Jr. High Students

  • You can still take ‘em

 Ben Trueblood(Lifeway Students, Director of Student Ministry)

  • Parent Ministry

    • How do you get parents to embrace their role as spiritual leaders?

      • Use different phrasing and equip them. Many do not know how to disciple. So disciple the parents. By: Groups for parents, or student pastor jumping in, or partner with other ministry environments. You can start with a few parents and then send them out to disciple others.
      • Don’t try and be a Subject Matter Expert on parenting if you are not.

Jeff Wallace(Right Now Media, Director of LYFT tour and Youth Pastor Summit)

  • Student Leader Selection Process

    • No need to be rooted or long but you need a step to make sure they are serious

      • Ask Grade
      • Ask their passion
      • Ask how they define leadership and why they want to lead
      • Put references but don’t make a big deal (ask for a teacher or coach who has seen them lead)

Caleb Kaltenbach (Founder of The Messy Grace Group)

  • How do you handle LGBTQ?

    • You need to be having conversations about this, so you do not overreact when it happens.
    • Ask questions and set appropriate boundaries. Ask questions and do not throw out Bible verses.
    • Thank them for trusting you and dig deep to get to know more
    • You must be comfortable with them coming and not correcting everything they do
      • Still, need boundaries like with heterosexual students
      • Dating couples in different cabins and groups
    • Your job is not to fix them
    • It is your job to help them identify with Jesus more and make that their primary identity
    • It is not about behavior anymore but more about how they identify
    • Be intentional in all things you teach and how you reach (1 Cor. 9:19-23)
    • Trans-students?
      • Tread carefully. You do not want to embarrass or humiliate a student. Each situation is different, and conversations are essential.
    • Always remember to live in grace and truth



Meet the HOST!

Justin Herman

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Controlled Chaos Podcast: A junior high ministry podcast for youth workers!

Thank you for tuning in.  The work youth workers do hard work, thank you! Thank you for taking the time to get a little more equipped to do Junior High or Middle School Ministry in your Youth Ministry or Student Ministry at your church.  Keep it up!

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