Thriving in the Middle School Madness

middle schoolThe middle school years are stressful for students. But they can be very stressful for student ministers as well! So how can you not only survive the middle school years but also set it up where you, your leaders, parents and students thrive during these years? Christopher Wesley joins the podcast again to talk about his blog post, “How To Handle Middle School Students Without Going Crazy“.

In today’s podcast Tom and Chris talk about…

  1. What Chris has been doing lately
  2. Why Middle School Ministry is Important
  3. The value of thinking outside the box
  4. The value of loving on parents as well as students
  5. How can you connect with Christopher, keep up to date on all that is happening with Marathon Youth Ministry, and listen to The Church Podcast.

Resources mentioned in this Episode

If you want to connect with Chris, you can a few different ways.  He’s on Twitter, has an awesome blog with tons of great insights each week and he also blogs at both or

So what do you think? How have you thrived during the Middle School years?  Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts and insights below or on social media using the hashtag #ymsidekick. 

Also, Tom would love to hear from you about what you’d like a future topic to be. To email Tom some ideas email him here.

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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