There are ways of setting up your services so that everybody responds authentically and of their own volition in true worship. Even preteen boys.
Preteens love motions. I’ll prove it in three words: Whip…Nay-nay…Dab. But, are hand motions during worship too childish for preteens? Are they Biblical?
“But I don’t like to sing.” “OK, well, I don’t like to tell the truth or tithe or go to church or (fill in the blank).” If God is calling our preteens to do something, we should shepherd them in that direction, whether they currently “like to” or not.
Over time, you CAN create a safe space where preteens feel compelled to freely worship through singing. Do you think 1 Chronicles 16:23 (“sing to the LORD, all the earth”) is just a suggestion? Worship is central to the tenants of the Bible – worship should be a central theme for our preteen ministries. And God’s heart is to hear us worship in SONG -Psalm 47:6
Robert Quinn, from preteenministry.net, joins us on the podcast today to talk about Worship Stations, a concept that looks at worship beyond singing. This idea falls in line with the concept of Giving Choices, one of the six ways we’ve found to Let Go of the Bike.