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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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Now displaying: May, 2020
May 9, 2020

Today on the podcast, Sean speaks about the idea of keeping your preteen leadership involved in your ministry while churches are unable to meet in person.

Due to Covid-19 we are unable to meet in person and have moved to an online format of meeting. By continuing to engage and finding meaningful ways for the preteens to serve, we are able to continue our leadership program online. Part of preteen ministry, be it in person or online, is keeping preteens engaged in the process of discovering how God has wired them up to serve the church.

Continuing to meet with them during this time is as simple as a Zoom call. Engaging those preteen leaders has been done through a few different ways. One way is the preteens are preparing and leading games for our service on Sundays. Another idea is having preteens do an opening prayer at the beginning of the service, or helping with announcements, as well as having a 6th grader lead worship. It has been great to see that even though the context has changed, the concept of the leadership program has not changed. There are so many ways that the preteens can still be engaged in leadership roles even during the worldwide shutdown.

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/.

May 8, 2020

Today on the podcast, Sean speaks with Pastor Preston Plentl from The House of Modesto about collaborating online with other churches.

Sean and Preston talk about how their relationship started before the unprecedented state our country fell into. Preston had just launched his preteen ministry and decided to film the Deeply Rooted Curriculum lessons to send out to his students. Sean saw this video and reached out to Preston about the idea of using Zoom and teaching the lessons to multiple churches.

Over the last 8 weeks Sean and his team along with Preston as the speaker have hosted 2 weekly services for churches all over the world. Working together they have been able to create an amazing program allowing churches to continue to reach out to their preteens during this worldwide shutdown. Two amazing things that have come out of this situation is the ability to collaborate with other churches online and doing Zoom services opposed to just videos. Preston does his videos still for his preteens giving them that avenue to either go at their own pace and watch the video or have the interactive experience through the Zoom service.

The FourFiveSix Deeply Rooted Online Services on Thursdays at 4pm PST and 6pm PST are available for other churches to join by clicking here and filling out the form.

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/.

May 6, 2020

Today on the podcast, Sean speaks with Pastor Chris Santos about Family Game Night: Quarantine Edition event.

This was a very easy event to put together, and an event that can be done repeatedly.

Using Zoom and the Kahoot App, Sean and Chris facilitated the night which included 3 games for the families. Families earned additional points right off the bat if they came to the meeting matching somehow. For the first game they used the trivia game from DYM, only using 10 of the 20 questions. This was played with the whole group together.

After playing the DYM trivia game the families were split into groups, and then sent to a breakout room with a category assigned to them and for a minute and a half they determined based on that category what was in common between the families. A new category was sent to them every minute and a half (restaurants you frequent, movies your family enjoys, places you traveled outside the state).

The final game, everyone came back together, and they played majority rules. For this game Sean would give a category and everyone would message Sean with their families answer. Whatever answer was the most popular those groups would earn points. As a prize for the family with the most points at the end, the ministry sent them a pizza party.

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/.

May 5, 2020

Today on the podcast, Sean speaks with Luke Clifton, a Children’s Minister out of Martinsville Virginia about an event, “Nailed It”.

The idea for the “Nailed It” event came from the show. After inviting families to participate and determine what baked goods they wanted to make, it got rid of the issue of allergies, as well as getting the supplies to the families. Since the families decided what they would create they already had or were able to get the needed supplies.

The basic idea of the event is that the families pick a cake and then they attempt to re-create it. Once the preteens have decided what they will attempt they send a picture of it to the pastor. The preteens during the event take turns showing what the original creation looked like and then revealing their attempt. Luke did not do this as a competition, but it is something that definitely could been done as one.

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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