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Amazing Preteen Worship Ideas

I think we can all agree as preteen leaders that the word worship can create some challenges in preteen ministry. Boys don’t sing, girls do sing but not in front of each other, and having an area that works for your ministry to worship can be an issue. This was no different for me; at
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Partnering with Parents of Preteens

I have been leading a preteen ministry for almost eight years now. Last year my own daughter became a preteen and is now part of this amazing age group. It has been an adjustment for all of us but a blessing also. In order to lead a preteen ministry we have taken a lot of
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Triple Blindfold Obstacle Course

The preteens in your ministry can’t follow Jesus alone. They need to be in relationship with others their age who are following Jesus. They need to be in community. I like to define community as “Doing life together with God in the picture.” I got this terminology from Willowcreek Church many many years ago. It
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Youth Group Lesson on Greed

Whipped Marshmallow Grab Topic: Greed Bible: Philippians 4:11-13 Teach students about greed with this awesome activity, lesson and discussion questions. So much fun! Supplies: Marshmallow (medium or large sized) Whipped cream If you want to go with a less messy version, then substitute the whip cream and marshmallows with individually wrapped pieces of candy (ex:
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What Students Really Think of Your Teachings

Written by Aaron Helman Are you teaching grace or legalism? You might be surprised by how students would answer that question about you. Grace is a hot topic right now in the Christian world, and it should be. So while you want your students to understand the difference between right and wrong, you really want
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Kool-Aid Gummy Dunk N Slide

Summer Youth Group Game – Valuing Others Use this awesome summer game in your preteen ministry. They will have SO MUCH fun and learn a lesson about the topic of “Valuing Others”…all at the same time! Oh yeah Bible: Psalm 139:13-16 Supplies: 3 large kiddie pools Large bags of gummy worms and gummy bears of all
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The Most Ignored Leadership Principle

The Most Ignored Leadership Principle Most leaders ignore this one leadership principle. It’s a principle that all great leaders throughout history have embraced. Seriously, I can’t think of a single influential leader who made a positive mark in history that didn’t have this trait. Embracing this principle… Martin Luther King Jr. paved the way for
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The Magic Fairy Dust of Preteen Ministry

This past weekend, I went to the High School graduation ceremony of a former student. Paul was one of the core students in our preteen ministry years ago. As I sat in the audience, an overwhelming feeling of joy came over me as he was named the valedictorian. Paul then stood up to give his
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