Preteen leader resources

“Apologetics for Preteens” – 5-min podcast with site founder, Connie Rice, and Sean Sweet of “FourFiveSix” online preteen ministry.


Apologetics “Memory Cards” – great resource; free PDF download from “Local Church Apologetics”


“3 Strategies for Creating Grace-Inducing Freedom in Preteens” – from “”

“Apologetics for Children: Be Ready – Always!” – by Mary Jo LeBlanc for “Creation Today”.

“Apologetics Now or Apologizing Later” – by Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”; “Satan is waging an all-out effort to capture the hearts of children before they leave elementary school”; [site founder comment: this is what God has been showing me and is the reason I lead a preteen life group with apologetics-focused teaching].

“Apologetics for Children: How can we help our children understand evidence for the Christian faith?” – by Mikel Del Rosario, founder of “Your Apologetics Guy”.

“Caught In-Between: Developing a Preteen Ministry” – by Jeff Land, Publishing Team Leader for “Lifeway Kids” at “Lifeway”.

“Create an Inviting Environment for Preteen Ministry” – by Jeff Land,
Publishing Team Leader for “Lifeway Kids” at “Lifeway”.

“Enhancing Kids’ Worldview” – by Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Evangelism Is Most Effective Among Kids” – by “Barna Research”.

“Facing the Sixth-Grader Challenge” from “”.

“Growing Up In Church and Then Walking Away” – by Dale Hudson of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“How Should I Teach My Kids about the Armor of God?” – by author & professor, Iain Duguid, for “Crosswalk”.

“How Sunday Schools Are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists” – by Natasha Crain, author and founder of “Christian Mom Thoughts” blog.

“How to Nurture Preteens’ Faith Development” – by”.

“Marginalized” – by Sean Sweet of “FourFiveSix” preteen ministry.

“Mutiny! The Preteens Are Running Kids Church!”by Sean Sweet of “FourFiveSix” (article temporarily not available); also offers 4-6-min podcasts are numerous topics valuable to preteen leaders under “Ideas”.

“Preteen Bible Engagement for a Vibrant Faith: As we engage preteens with Scripture, it’s important to make sure we know this unique generation of kids” – by Courtney Wilson for “Ministry Spark”, valuable free content from “David C. Cook”.

“Preteen Ministry: Reaching Kids in Transition” – by Curt Knowles for “Children’s Ministries: Developing Leaders; Impacting Kids”.

“Sixth Graders and Youth Ministry” – by “LifeWay Kids Ministry”.

“So, What Are the ‘7 C’s’ Anyway?” – explaining the “7 C’s of History – by Stacia McKeever for “Answers in Genesis” (AIG); “7 C’s of History for Kids”, poster, DVD, booklets, and timeline poster available.

“The Bike”: “Letting Go… and Running Beside…” – by Sean Sweet of “FourFive Six”: “Raising the Value of Your Ministry to Preteens” (article temporarily not available); also offers 4-6-min podcasts are numerous topics valuable to preteen leaders under “Ideas”.

“The Critical Pre-Teen Years” – by Dale Hudson, founder of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Understanding Preteens” – by “”.

“Understanding Preteens + Tips for Creating an Effective Preteen Ministry” – by “”.

“What Should a Preteen Ministry Look Like?” – by “Southern Baptists of Texas Convention”.

“What To Do When a Child Has Doubts About God’s Existence” – by Dale Hudson, founder of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Why 6th Graders Shouldn’t Be in Junior High Ministry: 6th graders belong in preteen ministry, not junior high/middle school ministry” – by “”.

Why should churches and parents be intentional about ministering to preteens? blog by site founder, Connie Rice.

“Why the Next Generation Doesn’t Know Christianity is True” – by Dale Hudson, founder of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Why Your Church Needs a Preteen Ministry” – by Rev. Jim Kast-Keat for “”.


“Ask My Pastor: He Knows That Stuff!: A quick-start guide to what Christians believe” – by evangelist, author of preteen curriculum, & “musicianary”, Alan Root.

“Debunking Evolution: What Every Christian Student Should Know leader guide – by Dr. Dan Biddle, founder of “Genesis Apologetics”; “a 6-lesson video-based training program for Christian students”; student guide and DVD.

“Flooded: the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water – 2 Peter 3:6″ – by Jeff Miller, Ph.D., author & speaker; high-quality book offering fossil, geological, historical, genetic, etc. evidence for Noah’s Flood; available through “Apologetics Press” (AP); free resources available to those who purchase the book; this site founder purchased it and highly recommends this fantastic resource!

“Let Go and Run Beside: the essentials of intentional preteen ministry” – provides a “practical foundation as you build a ministry where 9-12 year olds take ownership of their faith in Jesus Christ”; by Sean Sweet, 20+ year Preteen Ministry Veteran and team leader of “FourFiveSix”: Raising Your Ministry to Preteens; note from this site founder: I’ve had the privilege of observing what God has done through Sean’s ministry and it is nothing short of amazing. He has implemented great ideas in guiding preteens that bear much fruit.

CURRICULUM for Preteens (other resources can be found on Bible studies page – scroll down to kids’ section):

“Agents of Acts: on a Mission from God” – 8-week spy-themed series that studies the Book of Acts by exploring the lives of those who acted as God’s “Agents” while spreading the Gospel and increasing the followers of Jesus; by Pastor Karl Bastian, founder of and author of “DiscipleTown”.

“Alan Root” various series of preteen curriculum; image from “Biblio Techtonics: ” (“If the Bible is not our standard of truth, then what else is? This workbook deals with the authority, revelation, and application of the scriptures, along with engaging and life-provoking discussions of how we got the Bible and what a flat out miracle it is.”; sample pdf); good for church or home; bulk orders available; also offers worship music for preteens and families by evangelist, author for preteens, & “musicianary”.

Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum – 30 sessions can be used as Bible study for church or home; combines “7 C’s of History”, “Beginnings”, & “Questions” kids’ studies to help build a biblical worldview; from “Answers in Genesis” (AIG).

“Case Makers Academy” studies for older kids by J. Warner and Susie Wallace , founders of “Cold Case Christianity”; academy includes:

“Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective”

“Forensic Faith for Kids: Become a More Reasonable Follower of Jesus”

“God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate the Case for God’s Existence”

“Deeply Rooted” – 2 year curriculum from “FourFiveSix: Raising the Value of Your Ministry to Preteens”; also offer online and in person preteen conferences (look under “training”).

“Discover 4 Yourself series” – by Kay Arthur of “Precept Ministries”; many inductive Bible studies for older kids/preteens; can use at church or home.

“Eat this Book Challenge!”by Dema Kohen, founder of “We are Kidmin”with blog for parents/leaders; “We want them [kids] to fall in love with the Bible and develop a passionate, life-long relationship with God’s Holy Book”; also offers money management course for kids – see Facebook page for “Kingdompreneur Kids Academy.

“Easy Creation Lessons” “short clips from DVD’S, role play, skits, web links and a book to help you present a lesson that is eye catching and interesting as well as easy to prepare”; founded by Doug Velting.

“Explorer Series for Kids” apologetics series for 5th-6th graders – by “Apologetics Press”; 13 sessions of “full-color, 8-page lessons includes professional artwork and illustrations that appeal to young readers”; “flexible enough so that it can be used in Bible class settings, VBS classes, homeschooling, or even summer camps.”

“Exploring the Bible Through History” – by children’s minister, Amber Pike, through “Hendrickson Rose Publishing” and “RoseKidz”; “first in a series of interactive Bible lesson resources based off of Rose Publishing’s Giant 10-Foot Bible Time Line. This book features twenty-five lessons where children, through multiple activity options, explore the Bible and discover God through history. This book of twenty-five lessons takes kids from creation through Revelation”; each one includes memory verse. age-appropriate Bible story, short prayer, small group time, life application, four activity& options with review questions.

“Follow Me” – 8-week preteen series by pastor, author, speaker, David Platt, of “Radical”; study offered by Lifeway”.

“Is God Real? Prove It!”A Child’s Defense by Pam Antoun.

“Kids Want Answers” – trailer for “Shipwrecked”, one of their series of 3-7 week downloadable curriculum for kids; authors also created “David” video game.

“Mad About Jesus Laboratories” offers exciting, fascinating, and memorable scientifically based object lessons to teach biblical truths to children”.

“Ministry to Children” offers “Free Preteen Ministry Curriculum” .

My Awesome Adventure” – by “Discipleland” in partnership with Karl Bastian, founder of “Kidology”; offers Disciple Guides for ages 9-12 and 6-9 and Leader Guides; bundle also available; fun discipleship Bible study for church or home.

“Patterns of Evidence for Young Explorers” preteen or family study based on movie “Patterns of Evidence: Exodus” (DVD lessons of evidence for biblical account of Exodus; by Tim Mahoney; study can be used at church or home; also have just movie DVD and DVD “QUEST” study for teens.

Preteen Ministry”Nick Dilberto, founder of the site, developed a successful preteen ministry, has written much about it, developed curriculum, and taught at conferences.

“Revelation for Kids: Revelation made simple for kids and grownups too” – by Shama Stock; offers resources for those who “feel overwhelmed by the complexity of Revelation and yet know it’s important” or “have a desire to share the Revelation of Jesus with the kids and teens in your life but need some resources”, and are “looking for truth based on the Word of God alone”; great Bible-focused resource to help people understand and teach from this important book; Revelation 1:3 tells us, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”; offers “The 7 Churches: Lessons from the Book of Revelation” (see sample lesson); can also find picture cards, coloring pages, and a e-book for teens (“Dragons and Beasts”) and even offers a 3-session overview of the book of Revelation to download at no charge; also offers a  “Revelation Quick Start Guide” and the “Read Revelation Challenge”.

“Show Me Jesus” – includes “Bible Survey”, “God’s Promises”, or “Pilgrim’s Progress” from “Show Me Jesus” preteen curriculum – by “Great Commission Publications” can be used as Bible study material for church or home.

“The Case for Christ Children’s Curriculum: Investigating the Truth about Jesus” DVD preteen study based on book by Lee Strobel; can be used at church or home; also available are series of kids’ books as well as teen books on same topics as books for adults.

“Unseen: The Armor of God for Kids” 7-week study of Ephesians 6:10-17; “based on the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer of ‘Going Beyond Ministries’ and helps equip kids to put on the Armor of God to fight life’s battles. Each week develops an aspect of God’s own character, as expressed through Jesus, through Bible study and fun learning activities”.

EVENTS for preteens:

“CAMPTENDO” summer preteen event – by “Four Five Six”.

“SuperStart” – huge traveling event designed for preteens with teaching skits, music, friends, & more – by “Christ in Youth” (CIY).

IMAGES for teaching:

“Big Book of History” – by Laura Welch a 15 foot fold-out time-line from Creation to Modern Computers; from “Master Books”.

“Everything Fossil”“Experience Fossils” – purchase fossils, fossil replicas, etc.; also offer family dinosaur digs in South Dakota;; “Do your kids love dinosaurs? Did you ever dream of what it would be like to be a paleontologist, digging up real dinosaur bones? Now you and your family can make that dream a reality on your next summer vacation! Create once-in-a-lifetime memories digging up real dinosaur bones as you connect with your family in God’s beautiful creation!”

“Giant 10-Ft Bible Time Line” – by “Hendrickson-Rose Publishing”; “comes in four separate fold-out panels that measures 10 feet long x 11 inches tall when assembled”; shows “more than 140 important people and events, including 10 key periods of Testamental history-the patriarchs; sojourn in Egypt; Exodus wanderings; judges; Saul, David, and Solomon; divided kingdom; Babylonian exile; Jerusalem rebuilding; life of Jesus; and the lives of the apostles are outlined”.

“Helix Nebula” is known by some as the “Eye of God”; photo credit to NASA – seen on their “HubbleSite”.

Illuminated cross seen in black hole of Whirlpool Galaxy; photo credit to NASA – seen on their “HubbleSite”.

“Laminin” – the adhesion molecule that holds our cells together; see more from “How Great is Our God”DVD by pastor, speaker, & author, Louie Giglio; Colossians 1:17 teaches that in Jesus, all things hold together.

“Noah’s Ark Accurate Scale model” by “Fidelity Bible Kits”; 6 feet long when assembled; 1/72 scale and comes with scale animals; handmade of cardboard and Velcro; this site founder purchased this model for a preteen Bible study that students put together as part of each session in a series on evidence for a global flood.

“Tabernacle Model” – by “Vision Video”; additional instructions and ideas on “E Bible Teacher”“Tabernacle”“Hendrickson Rose Publishing” PowerPoint presentation, Chart book, and pamphlets; this site founder has purchased this model for a preteen Bible study that students put together as part of each session in a series on how Jesus fulfilled the elements of the Tabernacle.

“T-Rex tooth tip replica” – cast in plaster from real tooth; from “Creation Superstore”.

“Trilobite fossil” – actual fossil found in Morocco; from “Creation Superstore”.


“Families, churches and parachurch ministries must recognize that primary window of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is during the pre-teen years. It is during those years that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their life – especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling truth principles for young people is the most critical factor in their spiritual development.”

from Barna Research article, “Evangelism Is Most Effective Among Kids”

TRAINING for Preteen Leaders:

“6th Grade Champions” – short podcast by “FourFiveSix”.

“Creation Training Initiative” – founder, Mike Riddle, offers online video training and in-person training courses & seminars for leaders on how to share the gospel and on Creation apologetics.

“Debunking Evolution” series for 5th-10th grade – by “Genesis Apologetics”

“Preteen Online Conference” held in February; organized by Sean Sweet of “FourFiveSix: exists to raise the value of ministry to preteens”.

“Retreat 2 Advance” Preteen Ministry Leader Retreat near Sacramento, CA – by Sean Sweet of “FourFiveSix”.


“Science Confirms the Bible” – by “Answers in Genesis”
(AIG) – whole 37-minute YouTube video by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis (includes 6 other great video clips).

“Merging Science and Scripture” DVD – by “Creation Today”; demonstrates “some of our Creator’s scientific law and scriptural applications with ten exciting experiments”; good for church or home, preteens or teens.


“That’s A Fact – sample of 60 high-quality 1-2 minute video clips from “Institute for Creation Research” (ICR).

“The Bible Project” – trailer, “What is the Bible Project?”; engaging video clips with active animated art on entire Bible & Bible themes; free downloads for whole church, Sunday School classes, Bible study groups, or just binge watch like I did when I found this fantastic resource; also offers a guide to use while going through the Bible in one year – I am doing this for 2019.

WEBSITES for preteen leaders:

“Bible Pathway Adventures”“mission is to help parents and educators around the world disciple their children in a fun and engaging way. How do we do this? With our free printable activities and Activity Books – all designed to help educators just like you teach children a Biblical faith.”; can view their online Catalog here.“; offers free lessons, quizzes, crosswords, word searches, activity books, classroom packs (purchases help fund missions), flash cards, coloring pages, videos, & even a Hebrew Corner; artwork is high-quality.

“J 12” – based on Luke 2:41-52: “I Must be About my Father’s Business”; offers “Encounter” event and “GODWORDART” coloring book; founded by Gregg and Jessica Johnson: “Reaching a generation before they need to be rescued”.

“JOY International” – “is dedicated to the prevention of child trafficking and to the freedom, healing, and empowerment of trafficked children, teens, and young adults worldwide”; vision is is to see each captive set free from a life of slavery to experience the true joy of reaching their greatest potential in every area of life”; offers “Freedom Project” which is “based on Micah 6:8, the 6:8 Freedom Project curriculum provides an age-appropriate, faith-based look into trafficking around the world, while encouraging students to discover their own passions and gifts to make a difference”. “Each of the 12 lessons included in the curriculum invite students to : learn, engage, and make an impact.”

“L.I.T. Ministries” – 3-minute explanation of vision

L.I.T. Ministries” “mission is to empower the next generation”; purpose is to recognize the uniqueness of every child, reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and disciple, equip, and release them for ministry in the church and the world; “Leaders in Training” (L.I.T.) for preteens and “Nehemiah Kids” for 1st – 4th graders; offers mission trip for preteens, online leader training & leader conference, free resources, & more; part of the “4 to 14 window” movement.

“Mad About Jesus Laboratories” offers exciting, fascinating, and memorable scientifically based object lessons to teach biblical truths to children”.

“We Are Kidmin” – founder, Dema Kohen, developed “Eat This Book” to help older kids “fall in love with God’s Word” (article & Facebook page), “Kingdompreneneur Academy” for older kids to “Make Money; Make a Difference” with Facebook page), and “What’s for Dinner?”, a mealtime resource for parents, with Facebook page.

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