Uncommon Junior High School: Parents & Family is a group study for junior high students in your local church. Relationships between parents and tweens can be emotionally charged at this phase of development. This guide for youth leaders and pastors offers activities and exercises to get tweens thinking about how to let God reign over their family relationships. Downloadable student handouts are available for every session. Paperback.
Growing up can be difficult for tweens and parents. Emotions can run hot and cold, and if families aren’t strengthened along the way, they may not be able to handle the extremes. Now youth leaders can help the young teens in their group deal with their wildly fluctuating feelings and relate positively to their parents and siblings. Activities and exercises get teens thinking about how they can let God reign over their emotions and their families. Uncommon puts it all together for youth leaders.
KARA POWELL, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (see www.fulleryouthinstitute.org). As a 20-year youth ministry veteran, she speaks regularly at youth ministry conferences and is the author or co-author of a number of books, including Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, Sticky Faith and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara and her husband have three children.
Each Uncommon group Bible study contains 12 sessions, which are divided into 3 stand-alone units of 4 sessions each. This is your leader's guidebook for teaching your group. Electronic files (in PDF format) of each session's student handbooks are available for download on the publisher's website (www.gospellight.com). The handouts include the "message," "dig," "apply," "reflect" and "meditations" sections of each study and have been formatted for easy printing. You may print as many copies as you need for your group.
Each session opens with a devotional meditation written for you, the youth leader. As hectic and trying as youth work is much of the time, it's important never to neglect your interior life. Use the devotions to refocus your heart and prepare yourself to share with kids the message that has already taken root in you.