Pruning Your Preteen Ministry

It’s that time of the year. You are probably stressing over your summer camp for preteens or recruiting preteen leaders to make it through the dry spell called summer. But, I hope that you are getting some sweet solitude on and thinking about things to change, improve, add, or subtract from your preteen ministry . I’ve been thinking about the first year of Switch and have taken some time to celebrate some wins:

  • Students committing their lives to Christ
  • Students being baptized
  • Having over 50% of our preteens in C-Groups (small groups outside of Sunday morning programming)

It has been awesome allowing myself to see what God has done this year. But, I’ve also taken some time to be challenged to grow and change some things for next year:

  • Event calendar with at least two more events on them (had a lot of things get cut this year)
  • Connecting leaders and parents more fully to our ministry
  • Offering a deeper next step for both parents (especially dads) and preteens (I literally can’t wait to show you all :) )

So I hope that during this time when you are stressed and feeling the time crunch monster that you take some time to think about pruning your preteen ministry. So let me know, what’s going to be different next year for your preteens?

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J.C. Thompson is the 5th & 6th Grade Director at Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, SC, one of Outreach magazine’s Top 100 Largest Churches in America.