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456 Preteen Ministry Update

Over the past few years, we’ve seen students experience too much anxiety and fear in the move from K-5 All Stars to 6-12 Fusion. We saw at this age, parents start giving their kids the choice to go to church and many chose to opt out. When a preteen opts out often their families do too. The SoHills family desired to create a ministry that would give them a reason to stay and to grow.  The new 456 Preteen ministry will bridge the gap from child to student, allowing preteens to mature and grow in their faith before moving into the student ministry.

Paul, one of the authors of the New Testament of the Bible, writes, “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11, NLT)

456 logo_fill456 Preteens is designed specifically for the 4th through 6th graders. During this preteen phase, students are solidifying their faith and need teachings directed at where they are in life. The purpose of 456 is to transform the lives of preteens by providing an authentic encounter with the Gospel within the context of a true community focused on worshiping God and leading others to Him.

There are 3 elements defining our 456 preteen ministry: leadership, worship, and community. As the faith of our preteens mature we desire for their commitment to God to grow through leading and serving others. We want to teach why we worship by involving the preteens in prayer, singing, offering, communion, scripture, testimonies, and serving. Each service has a time of reflection and prayer where students can actively take the next step of growing their faith. We also desire to help preteens develop and deepen healthy relationships where they feel safe to share their emotions, thoughts, testimony, and faith.

Since our launch, we have seen our preteens show up in droves, take steps in their faith, and invite their friends to do the same. In our first lesson we learned, “When it comes to growing our faith, doing is better than knowing.” In this lesson we challenged the students with the words of Jesus, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 24:7, NIV) Most of these students have grown up in church and have the knowing part down. 456 is challenging them to apply what they have learned and to begin doing something about it.

Our next series is called “Real Talk” and we are going to take a look at what Jesus said prayer is and isn’t. We want these preteens to lay down the formalities, relax and have real conversations with God.

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Will you join us in making a difference in a preteen’s life? Pray that students will experience God during services, invite a 4th through 6th grader to join, or maybe even consider taking the next step in your faith journey by joining this service team!

If you would like more information about serving in the 456 Preteen Ministry, please contact Corey at cjones@sohillscc.com.

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Corey is the XP of NextGen at @sohillscc in GA and strives to be an opportunist, learner, and helper. He is focused on church leadership and ministry to the family. His mission is to help you take your next step in personal development. As a result, he writes on organizational growth,  leadership, ministry, volunteers, building teams, and productivity.

5 Comments

  1. Myra knott says

    Thank you all for this much needed new ministry . I am sure the results will be positive in a lot of lives and families .

  2. Dale Lovelady says

    Thanks for the dedication of your team to these “lambs.” You definitely have my prayers

  3. Alyssa says

    I never thought of my baby Ethan as a pre teen… But it seems he is. They grow fast! This sounds like an excellent ministry!

  4. Keep up the good work, Corey! You are a competent and caring leader. The preteen ministry community at FourFiveSix.org is praying for your ministry’s continued growth!

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