Use affinity — or shared interest — groups to develop
relationships among your preteens and adults. Recruit parents or
other fun-loving mature adults who are willing to share their
interests with kids. Successful groups for preteens may include
hiking, cooking, auto repair, gardening, cycling, or computers.
Depending on the adult leader’s availability and the type of
activity, groups can meet weekly after church, on a weeknight at a
parent’s home, or once a month at a neutral location. Follow the
two-adult rule with these groups. Have adult leaders begin the
activity time with a brief devotion and end with prayer.
Friendships are quickly created through shared interests. These
groups will have a natural spark for the adult leaders and the
kids. And these relationships will be more likely to build the
healthy, loving spiritual bonds that we all desire our kids to
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