Preteen ministry can be one of the most challenging but rewarding ministries in your church. They are at a heightened level of spiritual awareness. They are ready to do big things for a Big God. So, you do not want to sit them in a classroom and only give them knowledge about the Bible. You want the Word of God to come alive in their lives through discipleship and active ministry involvement.
Our resources challenge preteen leaders to live as examples as Paul did with Timothy in the New Testament. We understand that these younger believing saints have a calling to serve today. Paul discipled Timothy and trained and equipped him to be a pastor/leader in the church. The Disciple Group leader moves preteens from being mentees to mentors, from disciples to disciplers. Through Disciple Groups, preteens discover their spiritual gifts and learn to use their gifts to serve in their small groups and in the church.
Preteens will learn daily spiritual disciplines at home to sustain their faith during difficult times as they move into middle and high school. Our practical training tools (Parent Discipleship Handbook) help parents set their preteen’s spiritual life as a top priority at home.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CHURCH DURING L.I.T.?
There are two essential components to L.I.T.: Ministry Training and Disciple Group. It is a unique ministry that requires a commitment from both preteens and parents. It is best to schedule the ministry at a separate time than Sunday morning service hours.
The Holy Spirit gifts believing preteens in many ways. Ministry training allows them to choose an area of ministry in which they are gifted. Ministry training equips and trains them to use their gifts in ministry. Many churches we work with use their children's church services as a platform to allow their preteens to lead worship, sound/tech, teach the lesson, games, etc. Ministry involvement is key to them discovering their purpose and identity in the body of Christ. Download a copy of our free spiritual gift test.
The Disciple Group (D.G.) leader moves from teacher to mentor and discipler. They learn to aim at the heart for life change rather than the head for head knowledge. The success of the Disciple (small) Group results from preteens faithfully doing their daily quiet times at home. Transformation comes about by spending daily time with the Master. It also allows the D.G. leader to heavily involve the preteens in their Disciple (small) Group using their gifts to teach part or all of the weekly D.G. lesson.
Community Ministry/Missions: Part of the commitment of L.I.T. is to train both children and preteens how to share their faith. We believe that every believer, including children and preteens, is called to share the Gospel with a lost and dying world. Our community outreach materials give you the tools to train them. L.I.T. is committed to raising young missionaries to reach their world with the Good News of Christ.
L.I.T. Mission Trips:
For the past 19 years, L.I.T. has sponsored 29 mission trips. We have hosted more than 3,000 preteens and leaders on these trips from at least 40 churches in the United States. We would love for you to join us on our next Mission Trip. Click here for information about our upcoming trip.
There are two options to gain access to L.I.T. Resources.
- Training/Certification: Being adequately trained is your key to success with L.I.T. resources. Once you complete our training, the resources are available to you at no cost to your church. Click here to sign up for our online training course.
- Purchase a Yearly Subscription: By purchasing a subscription, you can access all L.I.T. resources for one year. The subscription option includes our online training track. Click here for pricing.
NOTE: L.I.T. (Leaders In Training) is a paradigm shift for the local church. Our training will help you change the way your church does ministry. We move children from sitting and listening to being fully engaged in ministry. Our discipleship model guides the teacher to be a mentor, like Paul to Timothy. The discipler shows a child how to walk with Christ daily.