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so this Sunday I’m going to start with the church junior high as a volunteer leader! I’m really excited but also nervous! I don’t know any of them and I guess my biggest concern is connecting with them. I’ve been trying to find the “junior higher in me” but it’s difficult! I’m not sure what to talk about or what this age group is like in general.

Any tips?
Have you ever done this?
How would you feel as a junior high kid meeting a new youth group leader for the first time?


February 14, 2015 at 07:30


First off let me just say thank you for all the junior highers out there… they tend to be forgotten, and it means a lot to them when someone steps up and decides to invest in their lives… my best advice is to just be you… don’t be scared to introduce yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about them and their lives (it’s your best bet to connect with them). Middle schoolers can sometimes be a bit intimidating, but trust me they’re more scared of you than you are of them ;P be open with them and they’ll warm up to you in no time… hope this helps and good luck! <3<3<3

February 14, 2015 at 07:58


Middle school is all about change and transition. My advice would be to touch base on things that are important for them to know while going into high school, like relationships and dating, dealing with rough times at home and school, choosing the right friendships, spending time with God, etc. One really fun way to get to know each other better is by using icebreaker questions. Use one or two every week just to kick off your small group time and it really gets the group to just laugh together and have fun.
Examples of icebreaker questions:
-If you could go anywhere in the world, where and why?
-What is one toy or game that you obsessed over when you were little?
– Have you ever tried to start a business by making and selling crafts as a kid (this one was so much fun)
-What is one quirk or weird habit that you have?
-What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
-What are three words that describe you?

Meeting a new leader in middle schooler is only weird if the leader is awkward about it. Just be open and fun and they will love you. I am a junior in high school and last year I was a part of a program at church that allowed high schoolers to be leaders to middle schoolers on a mission trip. There were a lot of us, so I only had 4 middle schoolers to be a leader to but it was a challenge at times. They were so awesome and I still love to be around them whenever I can. It’s a really rewarding experience. Also, try to set up some activities outside of church like going to the mall and setting up a scavenger hunt, or going bowling, or just whatever they want to do. Have fun and good luck 🙂

February 14, 2015 at 08:40


Don’t worry, most of the junior highers will actually think you’re really cool! I remember from being a middle schooler myself that all the high schoolers seemed so cool and mature, and they were especially awesome if they actually took an interest in a little kid like me. So more than anything, show your excitement to be there with them. Keep things relevant to what is going on in their lives by asking lots of questions and sharing any stories from your childhood that they can connect with. Provide as many opportunities as you can to help them form relationships with each other as well, whether it’s silly games or one-on-one discussions with each other. Let them know that you’re there for them, no matter what, and that they should ALWAYS feel like they can talk to you about anything. Good luck!! You’ll do great!

February 14, 2015 at 18:07
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