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 upcoming events, small groups, the Middle School staff, leadership, resources, or Youth Choir, check out the info below.

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    Summer Bible Study
    Wednesdays, June 7-July 26

    Wednesdays, June 7-July 26, 6:00-8:00 PM

    With a crazy schedule and small groups out for the summer, it's so easy to disconnect from God's word.  But we'd like to provide an option for the summer... Summer Bible Study meets every Wednesday evening throughout the summer.  We'll spend some time in the pool before breaking out into small groups for some Bible study time.  

    To be able to participate in the pool activities, each student will need a signed waiver.  Please complete the form linked below and bring it with you.  (We will have copies the first night, if necessary.)

    Girls are being graciously hosted by Jay and Rachel Woodland (1800 Rolling Ridge Dr, Newburgh), and the guys are enjoying the hospitality of Lynyrd and Brittney Freeman (10481 Barrington Place, Newburgh).  Please note: we will not be meeting June 28, during the week of Middle School Summer Camp.

    Bring your swimsuit, a towel, your Bible and a pen.  If you have any questions, please contact Lesli at 812-518-1442.

    Participant Waiver

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

    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.

    Please find below a packing list and the form for any medication you'll be sending with your student.  Contact Lesli Wheeler at 812-518-1442 with any questions.


    PACKING LIST          Medications



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    Mission Trip Team Formation
    Sunday, July 2, 12:15 PM, Student Loft

    Grades 6-12

    We're coming up to the finish line, and will be on our way to Ft. Wayne before you know it. Our final team meeting will be Sunday, July 2 at 12:15 PM in the Student Loft.  Please note that you will need to have ALL SIX memory verses memorized from start to finish.  (No fill in the blanks this time!)

    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.

    I'm Looking for a Small Group

    6th grade girls
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Leaders and Location, TBD

    6th grade guys
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Leaders and Location, TBD

    7th grade girls
    Leaders: Kim Long, Allison Steckler
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Crossroads, Room 221

    7th grade girls
    Leaders: Katie Janis, Cathy Satterfield
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Crossroads, Room 224

    7th grade guys
    Leaders: Lynyrd Freeman, Dan Huber
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Freeman home

    7th grade guys
    Leaders: Dwight Silvera, Eric Youngblood
    Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Silvera home

    8th grade girls
    Leaders: Heather Clark, Regina Stephenson
    Mondays, 6:00-7:30 PM
    Clark home

    8th grade guys
    Leaders: Chad Walker, Micheal Zuber
    Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
    Crossroads, Room 222

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    Youth Choir
    (grades 6-12)
    Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM, Student Loft

    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.

    Register Now

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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.

    MS Youth Leadership Application

    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.

    Download Volunteer Application

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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