Stuck in the Middle is a weekend conference designed just for middle school students!  It is the most middle school intentional event out there, with every detail of the entire weekend designed exclusively for them!

This year, our theme is UNNatural. We want every middle school student to walk away from the weekend thinking about the amazing, unnatural life that God has called them to through Jesus.

At Stuck in the Middle your students will hear relevant messages from Kurt Johnston, the student ministries pastor of Saddleback Church and a 20+ year ministry veteran.  Kurt knows middle school students and knows how to inspire them.  Students will have opportunities to reflect and discuss what they’re learning during intentional times with just your youth group after each general session.  Along with worship and improv comedy, your students will experience:

  • Saturday Afternoon Breakout Labs (3 labs that you will rotate through as a group)

    • GROW:  An interactive prayer experience,  SERVE:  An opportunity to get your hands dirty while experiencing firsthand how middle schoolers can impact their world.  UNITE:  A fun and unique team building challenge

  • Late Night Insanity

    • Inflatable Games, Karaoke, 9 Square In the Air and more!

Be sure to join for a weekend that will inspire and empower your middle school students to do great things for God’s Kingdom as they become active participants in UNNatural.

Westlake Village, CA

March 11-12, 2016

Calvary Community Church

5495 Via Rocas
Westlake Village, CA 91362



$ 59

per person
  • EXPIRES  3/10/16
  • Register 10 or more to lock in $59 rate
  • Does not include camping or lodging


$ 65

per person
  • EXPIRES  3/4/16
  • Includes overnight camping fee
  • Does not include tents or camping supplies


$ 65

per person
  • OPENS  3/11/16
  • Available until event sells out
  • Does not include camping or lodging
OPENS 2/20/15

After submitting your online registration, groups will receive an email confirmation of your purchase along with a link to our online GROUP FORM and our online LIABILITY RELEASE FORM.  One group form must be submitted for each church group, and each participant (adults included) must submit an online release form.

All payments made to Stuck in the Middle for event registrations are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the Stuck in the Middle event you registered for, you may transfer your registration to a different event in the following year. If you need to cancel the registration, all payments made are non-refundable. If forces beyond our control interrupt the event, your registration will be refunded less a pro-rated share of all costs incurred.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at 818.253.4597 or info@stuckinthemiddle.com.

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt has been involved in Jr. high ministry since 1988. Currently he is the pastor to students at Saddleback Church, where he provides leadership and coaching to the Jr. high, high school and college teams at all of Saddleback's global campuses. Kurt loves to encourage youth workers and has created dozens of resources with that goal in mind. When he's not doing youth ministry stuff, Kurt likes to hang out with his family, surf and ride dirt bikes in the desert.

Dad Dudes

Dad Dudes

Comedy / Improv

Dad Dudes are a group of dudes and dads that live in Los Angeles, work in the entertainment industry, and have a popular YouTube channel full of hilarious videos. They are all trained improv performers and absolutely love making middle schoolers laugh!

Scott Oatley

Scott Oatley

Worship Leader

Scott Oatley is once again leading the incredible Stuck in the Middle band. Scott is a worship leader at Calvary Community Church and an independent artist. You can check out Scott's latest album on iTunes, or you can probably hear him singing in one of the many movie soundtracks he's recorded lately (The Jungle Book, Jurassic World, Star Trek...you get the idea!)



  • 6:00p – Group check-in/leader registration begins
  • 6:30p – Youth leader’s prayer gathering & orientation
  • 7:00p – Doors Open / Pre-Show Starts
  • 7:30p – Big Room Session One
  • 9:00p – Youth Group Time (in designated rooms)
  • 9:30p – Late Night Activities
  • 10:30p – Dismiss for the night


  • 8:30a – Doors open / Pre-Show
  • 9:00a – Big Room Session Two
  • 10:30a – Youth Group Time
  • 11:00a – Stuck Labs Part 1
  • 11:30p – Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 12:30p – Doors open for Improv Show
  • 12:45p – Improv Show
  • 1:25p – Stuck Labs Part 2
  • 2:05p – Stuck Labs Part 3
  • 2:45p – Doors Open / Pre-Show
  • 3:15p – Big Room Session Three
  • 5:00p – Conference Ends


Onsite camping is available.  There are separate areas for guys and girls.  Each tent must have an adult leader and 3 or more students.  14 person tents are available upon request for a small charge.  Restrooms are accessible, but there are no showers.  For more information about onsite camping, please call 818-575-2293.


There are a number of hotels near Calvary Community Church.  For a list of area churches, please email sean@stuckinthemiddle.com