why youth pastor should be your best friend

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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Fanning the Flame game and lesson

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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Preteens are Just Funny

Awkward & Funny Questions Preteens Ask

We all know that preteens are crazy, weird, unpredictable, have no filter, and most of all are just funny. I sat in a conference recently and listened to a speaker that talked about some really hilarious things that Christians do. This got me thinking about some of the funny things preteens say and do. We have [...]
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Ministry Game Keeping Focused

Youth Group Lesson & Game on Relationship with God

When was the last time one of your preteen boys was more interested in the dust bunnies in the room than the lesson you were teaching? When was the last time the topic of discussion in your small group went from Jesus to the newest rainbow loom technique? And my personal favorite, when was the [...]
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youth group lesson on being thankful

Youth Group Game & Lesson on Being Thankful

Topic - Being Thankful Bible: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 8:28 It can be very humbling to have someone help you. Most of the time we don’t know we need help, or we don’t want to admit it. I had back surgery a few years ago. It was very humbling when our church families helped paint my deck, made [...]
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Have Faith game and lesson

Youth Group Game on Faith

Preteen Ministry Game About Faith Bible: Proverbs 16:9; 19:21 Have you had a time in your life where you thought you knew what was best? How about a time when you knew what the outcome was going to be, yet it didn’t turn out to be quite what you expected? I was at Kidmin in [...]
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Winning with Prayer

Youth Group Lesson on Prayer

Bible: Matthew 7:7; Romans 8:28; Psalms: 145:18 How do we win with prayer? How many times do we say to our preteens they need to pray? What is the look on their faces when we say it? If your preteens are anything like mine, I can see the look of this is useless on their faces. [...]
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How to relate to Preteens

How to Relate to Preteens

Written by Rob Quinn So I get asked all the time why I like preteen ministry. When I answer them, they usually look at me like I’m the craziest person on the planet. See, my answer is always the same. Besides being called to preteen ministry, I actually enjoy this age group. That’s when I get [...]
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