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Preteen Small Groups

Written by Rob Quinn When I was first asked to serve in Children’s Ministry it was to help with our 5th grade boys. We didn’t have a specific preteen ministry at the time, but many of our 5th grade boys were not engaging and hated coming to church. I was a full-time firefighter at the [...]
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The Untapped Resource of Recruiting Volunteers

A few years ago, we were struggling to get enough people to serve in our preteen ministry. This is not because our church family did not want to serve; it was more that no one was being called to preteen ministry. It was about this time that I attended my first FourFiveSix Conference. At the [...]
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Free Game & Lesson on being Salt & Light

Written by Rob Quinn Free Game & Lesson – Salt & Light Our youth pastor gave a sermon a few weeks ago about being the salt and light of Jesus. It got me thinking about preteens and what it looks like for them. Do they even know what it means to be salt and light [...]
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Are Preteens Ready for PG13?

Written by Rob Quinn Over the summer there have been several reoccurring discussions in our household. These discussions have happened before, but they seem to be happening more and more as my daughter gets older. These specific discussions have centered on wanting to read a book her friends are reading or watch a movies he [...]
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Preteen Outreach Projects: The How & Why

Written by Rob Quinn Can preteens serve the church? Are there things preteens can do to serve others? Are preteens capable of understanding why we should serve? My response to all of these questions is an emphatic YES! When we combined our 5th and 6th grade students and launched our preteen ministry, we didn’t know [...]
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The Power of Peer Influence

The Power of Peer Influence: Free Resource

Written by Rob Quinn Being the parent of a preteen daughter has opened my the eyes of my wife and I to a world I thought we had a good understanding of. After a year in 5th grade, we realized there was definitely a lot we still had to learn! One of those things was [...]
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Back to School Youth Group Game – Controlled Chaos

Back to School Game: Controlled Chaos Topic: How to Manage Change & Stress Bible: Read Joshua 1:9; Philippians 4:16-18 Back to school time means a lot of change and stress for preteens. Remember back to your first day of 4th, 5th or 6th grade – walking in and seeing friends you haven’t seen all summer. [...]
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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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