Bill led students in a team activity where students had to make a copy of a structure that they were only allowed to look at one at a time and only for 10 seconds at a time. There was also an advocate who helped teams, gave hints and extra time to look at the structure and a critic who discouraged teams and led them astray from the task. The passage used was Luke 5: 18-25 where 4 friends bring a a paralyzed man on a mat to see Jesus and the faith of the friends prompted Jesus to heal the man. We then discussed in small groups whether students themselves are advocates or critics, why that is, and how to "train" to be an advocate instead of a critic. I encourage you to ask your student if they see themselves as an advocate or a critic of themselves and of other people and why that might be. Challenge them this week to take an advocate mindset and check in with them to see how they are doing.
My name is Josiah from Grand Rapids Michigan and I follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Also middle schoolers are cool.