You may or may not know this about me, but I spend some of my time working with a really cool group of folks on a really fun project called Uthmin.

What is Uthmin?

It’s a little something for the Middle School Ministry tribe.

Tom Shefchunas (the Middle School Ministry guy at North Point) and Jeremy Lee (the guy behind ParentMinistry.net) are the masterminds.

Uthmin is about helping Middle School Ministers do ministry better, and it’s about bringing Middle School Ministers together… to help each other!

There are a ton of super awesome secret things still in the works from Uthmin but, for now, I can tell you this…

Earlier this month, Uthmin launched a blog!

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We have some incredible people contributing. We write 3-5 times a week. And we talk about Middle School Ministry. All the time. I’d really love it if you checked it out. And followed us on Twitter. And liked us on Facebook.

To get you started, here’s my post from our big Launch Week…

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quote1If you know anything about me or Kenny, you probably already know that we are big fans of having tons of fun. From the time our middle schoolers walk through the doors of our church, to the time they leave, we really want them to enjoy being there.

For our ministry, having fun isn’t just an afterthought. It’s a priority and a strategy.

But you know what? Sometimes I come across people who really don’t like this idea. As Reggie Joiner said recently, “I am shocked at how many people are bothered by children and student ministries having fun.”

I’m shocked too. And I’m also a little sad. Because when we fail to prioritize having fun at churchI’m convinced we miss out on something vital to the development of a middle schooler’s faith. 

Yeah, it’s that serious.

Here’s why.

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And hey, here’s what I’m wondering: what kind of content would you like to see on the Uthmin blog? What would help you do Middle School Ministry better?