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How to Communicate More Effectively to Middle Schoolers


Ministering to Middle Schoolers has always seemed hard. They aren't children anymore and yet they aren't teenagers. They are tweens in which a 6th grader looks very much different from an 8th grader developmentally and spiritually.

To make matters more challenging, there just isn't a lot of resources out there for middle school ministry and how to best communicate to them. That is why I am excited to have Ashly Bohinc on the podcast again. She works for Orange and is the Director of Middle School Strategy. She recently wrote a new book called "Communicating to Middle Schoolers: A Guide to Developing and Delivering Messages That Stick". You can find it on Amazon today!

It's a great book and today Ashley and I talk all about it. 

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  • What about you? What are some other ways you can communicate more effectively to middle schoolers in this digital and online world we live in?  Share your thoughts with us below or on social media
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Tom Pounder
Tom Pounder

Tom Pounder was born and raised just outside of Washington, DC. He is the father of 4 daughters and loves being a girl dad. He has a background in Student Ministry working over 22 years with teenagers and currently serves as the Online Campus Pastor at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs and podcasts weekly at

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