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How to Transition Students from Preteen to Youth Ministry

In episode 1 of the Ask Nick Preteen Ministry Podcast this question is answered: How do you effectively transition students from preteen to youth ministry? Without a solid transition strategy, students will fall through the cracks and never make it to youth group. Yikes! You’ve spent 2-3 years with students building community and nurturing their [...]
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New Year’s Game: S’mores Stuff It

Topic: Build Your Life on a Solid Foundation Matthew 7: 24-27 Use this game as an opener for a New Year’s lesson about building your life on a solid foundation. Supplies Graham crackers Marshmallows Hershey chocolate bars Table big enough to build S’more towers Toilet paper How to Play Divide preteens into equal teams (of [...]
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Productivity Hacks for 2015

Christmas is over and we’re just a few days away from 2015. Many of us around this time of the year set goals. One of the best things you can do to reach your goals is to “hack” your productivity level. In other words, get more done in less time. Here are 4 Productivity Hacks for [...]
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Preteen Youth Group Lesson on New Year’s

So, another year has come and another year is gone. With the New Year we like to throw awesome parties to celebrate. But what I have always wondered about is what should we really be celebrating? I know we are celebrating the great year we just had. But was it really a great year? I [...]
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FREE Christmas Games & Object Lessons

Here is a FREE Christmas game and 2 Christmas object lessons for preteen ministry. With the Christmas season in full swing, we have an opportunity to reach students in our ministry with the message of Jesus. These free resources are designed for you to PLUG N PLAY into your current Christmas programming. Enjoy! All Wrapped Up – [...]
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Free Christmas Lesson & Game

Christmas Youth Group Lesson & Game Bible: Proverbs 27:17; Philippians 2:1-11 Even as believers in Jesus we can get wrapped up into the craziness of Christmas time. Have you ever found yourself really wanting something for Christmas and then a little disappointed you didn’t get it? Are you someone that loves putting Christmas decorations up and maybe [...]
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Why the Youth Pastor Should Be Your Best Friend

I had the opportunity recently to lead a discussion group with other preteen ministry leaders. The topic of discussion was transitioning preteens to youth ministry. This is an excellent topic in itself, and I will probably be writing on it soon. Something else grabbed my attention –there was a lot of talk about the lack [...]
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Preteen Lesson – On Fire for God

Preteen Lesson – On Fire for God Bible: 2 Timothy 1:6; 2 Corinthians 11:14 As I watch my own preteen daughter learn to navigate this crazy world I stand back and begin to see all the things out there that try so hard to extinguish her desires to follow God. I am not talking about stuff [...]
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