Middle School

For most of us, middle school was some of the most challenging years we faced. Discovering who your real friends were, figuring out where you fit in, and who you were as a person. We’re here to help your family through these next few years.

Join us for a service designed just you!

Middle School YTH
Sundays, 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM, Student Loft

If you would like to volunteer in the Middle School Ministry, there are needs at various commitment and skill levels. (And what better way is there to be part of the action?)

If you’d like to learn more about small groups, the Middle School staff, leadership, resources, or Youth Choir, check out the info below:

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    Middle School Summer Camp
    (grades 6-8)
    June 25-30


    Grades 6-8
    June 25-30, $350

    Ever messed up beyond what you could imagine? Wish you could have a do over? Join us at Camp Illiana for an amazing week of second chances. We'll spend the week learning from, and discovering truths about, the God of SECOND CHANCES.

    All registration is online and requires a $25 deposit. You will have the option to make payment in full or schedule bi-weekly payments, at the time of registration.

    Click here to register your middle schooler, and select the ADD button for your "MS YTH Camp, Male Camper" or "MS YTH Camp, Female Camper". (You may register more than one student at a time.) Next click on the CONTINUE button under YOUR SELECTIONS (on the right). You will be required to create an account, using your email address.

    Contact Lesli Wheeler at 812-518-1442 with any questions.


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    Mission Trip Team Formation
    Sunday, May 21, 12:15 PM, Room 222

    Grades 6-12

    Keep sending out those support letters and prayer partner requests! The next team formation is Sunday, May 21 at 12:15 PM in Room 222.  

    Please remember the following items are due: 50% of funds raised, Memory verses 5 and 6, any paperwork you've not already submitted (Support Letter, Prayer Partners List...)  

    For details, see the Mission Trip Information Booklet linked below, or contact Lesli Wheeler at 812-518-1442. 

    2017 Ft Wayne Mission Trip Information Booklet

    2017 Memory Verses


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    Middle School
    Small Groups

    Monday or Wednesday evenings, September-May

    Our student small groups meet primarily on Wednesday evenings, during the school year, to help students grow closer to God through accountability, Bible study, and mentoring. Small Groups provide a great atmosphere to learn more about God's word, meet people and have fun.

    6th grade girls
    Leaders: Kim Long, Anna Williams
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Crossroads, TR221

    6th grade girls
    Leaders: Katie Janis, Cathy Satterfield
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Crossroads, TR224

    6th grade guys
    Leaders: Lynyrd Freeman, Jon Cobb
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Freeman home

    6th grade guys
    Leaders: Dwight Silvera, Eric Youngblood
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Silvera home

    7th grade girls
    Leaders: Heather Clark, Regina Stephenson
    Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM
    Clark home

    7th grade guys
    Leaders: Chad Walker, Micheal Zuber
    Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
    Crossroads, TR222

    8th grade girls
    Leaders: Tammy Silen, Halie Aders, Jackie Brooks, Julie Fox, Dawyna Taylor-Schroeder
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Silen home

    8th grade guys
    Leaders: Cam Bardwell, Tyler Steckler
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Crossroads, TR226

    8th grade guys
    Leaders: Chris Combs, Mike Hirsch
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM
    Crossroads, CH102

    8th grade guys
    Leaders: Kevin Naas, Mark Silen
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Crossroads, TR227


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    Youth Choir
    (grades 6-12)
    Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM, Crossroads' Chapel 

    Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM, Crossroads Chapel

    The Crossroads Youth Choir is for all high school and middle school students, grades 6-12. No audition is necessary!

    For more information, please contact Elly Moore at 812-518-1430.

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    Middle School Staff

    Mark Silen 
    Middle School Pastor 

    What can I say about myself… I’ve got a terrific wife, Tammy, and four children bursting with energy… we all think drinking chocolate milk every day is the real deal! I am an avid “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” buff, I do pushups before I go to bed & I think Mt. Dew is a legal addictive stimulant that makes the world go 'round. Other than that I believe everyone on the planet should sit at the feet of Jesus on a daily basis to soak up the best thing in life.

    Contact Mark at 812-518-1431.

    Lesli Wheeler
    Middle School Administrative Assistant 

    Here's the truth: I'm a serious health food nut who tries daily to consume at least 3 of the major food groups: diet Coke, chocolate, and diet Coke. After all, chocolate is a vegetable–it’s made from beans! I've been working in youth ministry for over 20 years, and never cease to be amazed by God working in the lives of students. I love being a part of His plan and am SO blessed to be working in the Middle School Ministry. If you can’t find me wandering around the Atrium, I'm probably at my desk trying to bring a little order to Mark’s world. I know… good luck with that!

    Contact Lesli at 812-518-1442.

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    Middle School Leadership

    Youth Leadership

    Attention Student Leaders: If you feel you have a positive influence over others and enjoy using that influence to point people towards Jesus, then you may enjoy being a part of this leadership team. In this leadership role students learn about ways to shepherd other students and set an example for their peers in their speech, life, love, faith, and purity. Applications are accepted each year through July, and interviews are conducted the first week in August.

    For details or questions, please contact Lesli at 812-518-1442.

    Adult Leaders 

    If you have a middle school student, or just have a heart for middle schoolers, we'd love to get you plugged into the Middle School Ministry at Crossroads. There are numerous serving opportunities ranging from event set-up and teardown to one-on-one student mentoring. You just need to tell us where you're gifted and how "hands on" you'd like to be. Are You Ready will give you an idea what you're getting in to.

    For further information and next steps, please contact Lesli at 812-518-1442.

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    Middle School Resources

    Help, I'm Leading a Small Group!

    If you're leading a Small Group, please know that of all the programming we have available, you will have the most direct influence on a middle school student's spiritual development. Also, though, please know that you are not alone! We want to provide you with all the help, all the support, and all the resources you could possibly need. Please start with the Discipleship Plan below, and then call Lesli at 812-518-1442 if there's anything you need.

    Download Small Group Discipleship Plan and Resources

    Old Testament Reading Plan
    New Testament Reading Plan