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There are so many amazing websites dedicated to children’s ministry and student ministry. Many of them are also very helpful for preteen ministry. Unfortunately, there are not hundred of sites dedicated to preteen ministry, but there are some really great ones! These are the 10 that I’ve found most helpful:

1. Preteenministry.net
Blog, curriculum, games, ideas…Nick has put it all together. There is a reason this is the #1 site for preteen ministry. Definitely a must have for every preteen leader.

2. FourFiveSix.org
FourFiveSix is a great tool for building community with other leaders. I highly recommend joining a peer group.

3. SuperStart! Preteen
SuperStart! produces great resources for leaders and for preteens. They are dedicated to preteens, and they understand them better than anyone. I specifically love the Ideas & Helps section.

4. Tweenparent.com
Tweenparent is dedicated to providing resources for parents of 9-13 year olds. If you believe in equipping parents to be better spiritual leaders, this website is a must read.

5. JCISONLINE – Resources for Tween and Preteen Ministry
JC is doing awesome things in preteen ministry. He posts regularly to his blog and never fails to disappoint.

6. Preteenmin.com
Clint May has developed an awesome strategy for training preteens to lead. Clint has 20+ years of experience that is well worth reading.

7. Preteen U
Scott Godinez just started blogging about preteen ministry, but his creative ideas have already gained a following. You should definitely check out “Gnoming Your Bible” and “Checkers for Preteens.”

8. Lifeway’s Flyte Blog
The Preteen Team over at Lifeway is led by Jeff Land. They just recently released their preteen curriculum, FLYTE. It is very well-produced and versatile enough to be used in several situations. Being a large publisher, they are a great go-to for research and insight into preteen life.

9. The 5/6 Journal
Nick Bremmer is another “newbie” on the preteen ministry website list. Nick began blogging about his adventure in launching a preteen ministry. It’s fun to travel that journey with him and learn from him.

10. J12
This list was obviously in no specific order because j12 is one of the best preteen resources! The j12 tagline is “reaching a generation before they need to be rescued.” From curriculum to blogging, this is a great site!

What sites did I miss?
What are you reading to help you in preteen ministry?

One of the most difficult parts of preteen ministry is keeping your leaders fresh and equipped for the task at hand. We kick-off the year with a huge training event, and we host periodic training events throughout the year. But I always wish we could do more.

When I read a great article or blog on preteen ministry, I want to pass that on to volunteers to encourage them.  When I read a great book that deals directly with the series we’re doing, I want to pass that book to the leaders to equip them.

But how?

This year, we launched The Library. It is basically just a bookshelf in our preteen area, but on it are books, articles, and other pieces that are designed to encourage and equip our preteen leadership team. We look for resources that will help leaders to grow spiritually, help leaders understand preteens, or help leaders develop skills as a leaders/teacher. We don’t require them to use these resources, but we strongly encourage them to check out at least one resource during the year. The resources are there for their use…at their convenience. They can take any resource and keep it for as long as they need to When they’re done with it, they return it and take another resource. They can also add resources to share with other leaders. . If they read a good book or see an interesting article, they know that putting it in The Library is the best way to share it with others.

The Library has been a great help for our ministry. Our goal is not just to fill the volunteer spots that we have in ministry. We want to build up leaders and equip them to serve at church and at home. That’s a really hard task when people are so busy and can’t make it to tons of meetings. These resources in The Library are helping us meet the challenge.

October is busy month for preteen ministry! We have established a routine with our Sunday mornings and we’re settled into our small groups. That means it’s time to shake things up a bit! The first two weekends of October were packed with tons of events to start working on our heart connections between leaders and students.

Two weeks ago, we hosted Wacky Tacky Night.

 

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Preteens showed up in some of the craziest outfits I think I’ve ever seen. We blew through 40 pizzas and 125 cans of soda. We had a Tacky Fashion show. We played some crazy games. But best of all, we made some huge connections with students. The crazy fun that we had that night opens the line of communication and lends us credibility for the message that we present on Sundays.

Last week, I talked about how our ministry is learning to let go of the bike and unleash preteens to take action with their faith. In that post, I mentioned our service project with Miracle League of Arkansas. Miracle League is an opportunity for kids diagnosed with disabilities to participate and enjoy the game of baseball. AJ Burnett (New York Yankees) and Cliff Lee (Philadelphia Phillies) are two of the major league players who support and promote the Miracle League here in Little Rock. Needless to say, we were excited to participate as “buddies.”

 

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The smiles of this picture tell the story of the day. It was an amazing time. At one point, I looked out on the field and saw a group of our girls sitting in a circle with a group of Miracle League players just chatting and laughing. They weren’t really into the game of baseball, but they were serving none the less! It was an awesome experience for our preteens that we will definitely repeat.

This week is going to be a slower week in front of the curtain, but behind the scenes there is a lot going on. I’m praying for God’s wisdom and clarity as we plan and dream about the future of preteen ministry.

What’s Your Story?

September 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

My church, Fellowship Bible Church, is gearing up for a Baptism Celebration in a few weeks.  As a part of that process, I get to spend some time with each child who is participating in the baptism to do some counseling and coaching. I absolutely LOVE this part of my job. It is such a thrill to see the Gospel changing lives.

One of the best parts of these meetings is when I get to sit back and hear kids tell their story.  I ask them to share the story of how God called them and led them to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  There are times when the kids clam up and parents have to help tell the story, but most often the kid lights up and launches into his/her testimony.  It’s amazing to hear their story and see how God places certain people or events in their path to lead them to salvation.This week I heard a 12-yr old who was led to Christ through a Gospel tract given to him on Halloween, a 7-yr old who accepted Jesus on a family mission trip to Mexico, and an 8-yr old who had accepted Christ 2 years ago and with tears in his eyes told me that he wanted to go tell the world!

I love hearing their stories.  I love hearing how God changes lives.  And so I had an idea to get everyone to share their story. How did God call you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior?  Share your story with the world! Use the hashtag #mystory and leave a comment below, post it to Facebook, or comment on Twitter. Send this to friends and family and get them to do the same.

It would be awesome for the testimonies of believers to be trending on Twitter!