When asked, “Why Middle School Students?” Here’s our answer…

 

  1. Why not? They’re fun, they’re unpredictable (in a good way) and most of they are moldable!

  2. According to George Barna….

    1. Most people accept accept Christ as their Lord and Savior before the age 18.

    2. Listen to these statistics from Barna gives…

      1. “…nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43%) and that “…two out of three born again Christians (64%) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday.

        1. When we move to the 18-21 year old age bracket, that number drops to, “…One out of eight born again people (13%)!

          1. Only, “one out of every four born again Christians (23%).” to so before they turn 21.

    3. “Families, churches and parachurch ministries must recognize that primary window of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is during the pre-teen years [age 10-12; 5th-7th grade!]. It is during those years that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their life – especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling truth principles for young people is the most critical factor in their spiritual development.” – George Barna

    4. That’s how we reach MS students….

      1. We consistently answer their questions

      2. We consistently model for them how to live out the Christian life.

      3. They want genuineness, so let’s give it to them!

It all comes down to what George Barna said above…

“Families, churches and parachurch ministries must recognize that primary window of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is during the pre-teen years [age 10-12; 5th-7th grade!]. It is during those years that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their life – especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling truth principles for young people is the most critical factor in their spiritual development.”

 

This world throws everything it can at our teens.  According to George Barna’s research, a person has already put their faith beliefs in place by the age of 13 (end of eight grade)!

Our youths need to know that they can take their faith and make their own. The time for coattail riding is over.  Students need to jump off and stop riding the wave of their parents’ faith.

Now is the time for a middle school student to take their faith and make it their own.

Each Merge conference’s focus is just that…to merge students into a faith that they own!  If they own it, then they’ll live it!

Let the Merge begin!