MIDDLE SCHOOL

Your middle schooler is forming new relationships and discovering new things about themselves every day. Affirm their personal journey, and make a point to celebrate them and all the good things about the phase they’re in.

CONVERSATION GUIDES


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FAITH PATHS

Faith Paths are a series of intentional events, classes, and small group studies that are aimed at helping parents disciple their children at specific developmental stages, and serves to partner with parents in achieving Crossway's vision of seeing the living hope of Jesus surging through the next generation. These three Faith Paths below are perfect for families with middle schoolers. Also see our Faith Paths page for more information regarding all the Faith Paths offered at Crossway.

  • Spiritual Parenting

    Good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. God wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward Himself and others. In Spiritual Parenting, Michelle Anthony calls us as parents to depend upon God for our children's spiritual and moral development by creating home environments that God can use to beckon our children to him. Parents will be urged toward a heart posture of surrender and faithfulness, and the end goal is a vibrant faith that is passed on from one generation to another. For more information about this event, please contact Andrea Andris

  • Preparing for Adolescense

    What do you say to an adolescent who’s getting ready to enter those turbulent teenage years? Dr. James Dobson, one of America’s leading family psychologists, knows how to speak directly and sincerely to today’s adolescents about the topics that trouble them most. Topics include avoiding feelings of inferiority, handling peer pressure, drug abuse, puberty, sexual development, romantic love, overcoming discouragement, sound decision-making and handling independence. 


    In this Faith Path, parents will attend a 2-hour session where they will be walked through the topics of Dr. Dobson’s book, and know what to expect and how to dialogue effectively with their pre-adolescent on these important topics. Then the parents will plan an overnight trip with their child (mother/daughter, father/son if possible) and listen to the book “Preparing for Adolescence” on the car-ride to their destination. This trip will allow parent and child to learn together about what is ahead developmentally for the adolescent and have intentional conversations that will open up lines of communication between parent and child for years to come. For more information about this event please contact Andrea Andris

  • Rites of Passage

    This is Faith Path is currently in the development, but will be a Faith Path where students ages 12-15 will come together with their parents to learn what it looks like to be a Godly man or woman in today’s post-Christian culture. Themes will likely include Biblical relationships, sexuality, digital media, identity and other hot topics that face teens in this age range. It will also likely begin to touch on points that will ultimately lead to Crossway’s 7th and final Faith Path entitled Launch, which focuses on preparing Juniors and Seniors in high school for leaving their homes for either college or the work force after they graduate from high school. For more information about this event please contact Andrea Andris

THE ALL AXIS PASS

Do you want to bridge the gap with your preteen and create a deep connection through the midst of a loud culture? Crossway Student Ministries has partnered with AXIS to bring you a library of resources that dig deep into young adult culture and provide you with ways to be in the know, be ready, and bridge the gap. 


Check out our library of parent guides on everything from evangelism to Fortnite, get a subscription to The Culture Translator, and learn more through Axis Summits.

Connect with Community

Crossway Student Ministries is devoted to connecting with middle and high school students to help them grow as young people, explore their faith, and experience a loving, Christ-centered community. We would love to have your middle schooler get involved at our Large Group gatherings, get them plugged into a Small Group, and partner with you as you parent your child through this crazy phase. Check out our CSM page or contact our student pastor, Jacob Albrecht, to find more information.

THE PHASE BOOKS

  • Parenting Your Sixth Grader

    Your kid’s humor is on a scale from silly to really silly, and you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. This is the phase when THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH GROCERIES, TOO MANY HORMONES, AND A DRAMATIC KID WHO NEEDS SOMEONE TO PROVE, “WHO CARES.”

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  • Parenting Your Seventh Grader

    You are suddenly receiving fashion advice and culture lessons from your own kid, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. This is the phase when NOTHING YOU DO IS COOL, WHAT THEY FEEL RIGHT NOW MATTERS MOST, AND ONE SUDDENLY SOCIAL KID WANTS TO KNOW, “WHO’S GOING?”

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  • Parenting Your Eighth Grader

    You find yourself wondering, Where did my kid go? and Who is the grown person in my kitchen?, but you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. This is the phase when IT’S COOL TO HAVE CHOICES, IT’S NOT COOL TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, AND ONE SMART KID WILL REMIND YOU, “YEAH . . . I KNOW.”

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