We believe that a preteen’s needs are threefold: foundational knowledge, positive experiences and consistent relationships. Preteen ministers need to give real, tangible answers to students. I have found that it is most effective for students to experience the freedom to question. I also believe that for the most part, students are cognitively able to grasp theological concepts and doctrine. Preteens also need positive experiences. The key is to take these “fun” moments and give them spiritual significance. Preteens also have the need for consistent relationships in their lives. Children’s ministers need strong teams with committed leaders to love, encourage, supervise and teach. The students most dramatically affected by the preteen ministry at our church are those who have connected with their small group leaders and have made friends at church. We value knowing the names of each of our students and showing a genuine, active interest in their lives.