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FourFiveSix.org: Great Ideas for your Preteen Ministry

Looking for great (game, object lessons, worship, volunteer celebration, etc. etc.) ideas to take your preteen ministry to the next level? This podcast is created and curated by FourFiveSix.org, a community of leading voices in preteen ministry. Our goal is simple: a short (4,5, or 6 minute) podcast a few times a week (4, 5, or 6 times) that gives you a quick, easy, free idea that you can use in your preteen ministry THIS WEEK. Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Want to get more great ideas right now? Come join the community of preteen leaders at fourfivesix.org
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Mar 10, 2016

If you like what you’re hearing, subscribe to the FourFiveSix podcast by clicking here and you’ll get great ideas for your preteen ministry four, five, or six times a week.

Free time at camp is a BAD idea for preteens, unless it’s done correctly – then it can become a great idea.

Preteens are moving from early childhood (where free time at camp is a recipe for disaster) towards adolescence (where free time at camp is a necessary ingredient).

How do we balance preteen’s felt need for free time and the safety issues involved in giving preteens free time?

Today on the podcast, Sean shares 4 ideas how they’ve made free time work for their preteen camp:

The right time-frame (what part of the day and for how long?)

A strict buddy system and buddy-switching policy

Clear boundaries as to where preteens can go

A “No Cabin Hang-Out” rule

 

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

Mar 10, 2016

Laura from Normal, Indiana, shares an idea with us that her preteen ministry has been doing for a while now: Nuts and Bolts incentives.

The Foundry is a preteen ministry with an industrial theme, so nuts and bolts (actual nuts and bolts) are handed out at check-in to students for a variety of activities, including:

  • Bringing a friend
  • Memorizing a scripture
  • Bringing a Bible

These nuts and bolts are placed in a tube. Each small group has its own tube. Once the tube is filled, the group earns a prize of their choosing from the catalog.

A simple idea, and a great idea! Thanks Laura!

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

Mar 8, 2016

Today, Jaime White talks about how she built a prayer wall for the preteens in Elevate. You’ll also hear a few different ways that the prayer wall is used in this preteen ministry.

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

Mar 7, 2016

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Have you considered having your midweek evening service for preteens outside? Today on the podcast, Sean discusses the idea of having a campfire night, which his preteen ministry does twice a year.

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Check out the Deeply Rooted Curriculum, made especially for ministry to preteens.

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

Mar 3, 2016

One of the first things people decide when planning a camp for their preteens is “What’s the theme going to be?”

Today, Sean talks about connecting the theme of your camp to both the activities and chapel messages. He also shares two of the four themes that Elevate Preteen Ministries uses in their summer camps in order to spark your own creativity.

Listen to part 1 of “Camp Themes”.

We want to hear from you – what themes are you planning to have for camps this summer?

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

Mar 2, 2016

If a ministry leader holds on to every aspect of a service, they are really stunting the growth – not only of their ministry, but of other people’s ministry, too.

Today on the podcast, Sean talks further about a concept he introduced in another podcast: “It’s Better Because You Didn’t Do It”. This time, Sean talks about handing off entire elements of your service to volunteers and student leaders. This concept helps people to have a greater commitment to your ministry, and helps them to develop their ability to minister as well.

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

Mar 1, 2016

If you like what you’re hearing, subscribe to the FourFiveSix podcast by clicking here and you’ll get great ideas for your preteen ministry four, five, or six times a week.

Looking for a new camp/VBS experience for your preteens this summer? Check out UWSM, a ministry that will come to your church and run a sports camp.

On today’s podcast, Sean talks with Louie about UWSM and how they can partner with your church this summer! We recently heard from Louie when he talked about leading a preteen retreat weekend.

Have a question about preteen ministry or a unique preteen ministry idea that we can feature on our podcast? Send it to podcast@fourfivesix.org. Looking for a great community of preteen leaders that you can plug into? Join us at http://fourfivesix.org/.

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