Tween Ministry: Start with a Champion

Tween Ministry

It’s clear: churches draw distinct lines between children’s ministry and youth ministry.

Parents know who leads these areas within their local church.
Kids know who the children’s pastor is and they know exactly when the time comes to move from the children’s ministry to middle school ministry.
Senior and Executive pastors delineate ministry responsibilities along clear lines: youth over here, kids over there.
Resource providers and publishers create and distribute books, training, curriculum, and events for these unique ministry areas.

While the recent embrace of family ministry has blurred the lines between children’s ministry and youth ministry, thankfully providing new perspective, this pattern remains: in the life of the church, children’s ministry cares for children and youth ministry cares for youth.

But who cares for Tweens?

Distinctly, uniquely, who leads the way in the church as an expert for Tweens, understanding their social capacity, their technological propensity, their developmental ability, and their spiritual maturity? Will this age be ignored or even worse, left to chance? Who will stand within the local church to claim this age group for discipleship, as those in the mid-1700’s claimed the children who worked in factories and instituted what we know now as Sunday School?

Tweens need a champion in their local church today. They need someone to embrace their uniqueness and create environments for discipleship that allow this age group to develop their faith and embrace their identity.

Will you be that champion?


If you are interested in learning how the church can care for tweens, consider attending our upcoming Bridge conference.

 


The previous text is an adapted excerpt from Matt Guevara’s chapter in the ebook What Matters Now in Ministry to Tweens, a collaborative project brought together by iShine.

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