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N&B – Preteen

This is one in a series called Nuts and Bolts, single concise thoughts on some of the topics that make up life ministering to children in a local Church.

Nuts & Bolts – PRETEEN

The single best thing we have ever started as Hillsong Kids is a preteen specific ministry.

Not enough could be said about just how effective this can be for a Church… any Church.

Your 10-12 year olds are in a massive transition phase, hormones are just around the corner, high school is getting closer and they are about to select any number of tribes to be a part of.

(Tribes are divided by musical taste, sports ability/affiliation, geek* tendencies, gaming console choice, parental dress choice etc.)

So at the maximum, start a fully fledged ministry.

At a minimum:

  • Create a leadership program
  • Have a separate space for small groups
  • Create a logo
  • Have a different style name tag (or whatever you have for kids)
  • Gather all that demographic at least once before school ends
  • Use texting, email, something, anything to communicate extra to them (through their parents if need be)

Note: Don’t do anything on Facebook for preteens (they are under Facebooks 13 year old policy), and never friend a preteen on Facebook!

*Geek is a perfectly awesome tribe. They pretty much make all the money (Thanks Steve Jobs and Bill Gates).


  1. says

    Right on. Barna said we have pretty much formed our life moral compass by the age of 12, so this age group is crucial. I even heard that most of us first discovered our life passions and vocations right around ages 10, 11, and 12 (I did)

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