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I just got back from a 9-day missions adventure with students to Creel, MEXICO. Several of the students with me were junior highers. I love junior high ministry because of their unstoppable energy, quirky moments, and zealous gusto and enthusiasm for life. There was a leg of our journey that students are still talking about when a dance party broke out on the bus. I thought the following footage captured the essence of junior high ministry well…

The student’s parents were on board and were cool with the whole thing (otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been allowed to let it happen without losing my job/credibility). Point your fingers if you must, but we weren’t breaking any local laws and didn’t feel like anyone was endangered in the process.

Junior high ministry lives on!

Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District