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LEADERSHIP & OPPORTUNITIES IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Here are the two most recent posts on the Ministry to Youth blog: OPPORTUNITIES OF THE QUARANTINE LIFE In the midst of the new “quarantine life” we’re living in, I believe there are three opportunities for us all.  Go here to view them. HOW TO LEAD A MINISTRY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES Here are some of my thoughts on leading a youth, preteen or children’s ministry in the midst of the COVID-19 crises.

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UNDERSTANDING PRETEEN FRIENDSHIPS, IDENTITY AND INDEPENDENCE

UNDERSTANDING PRETEEN FRIENDSHIPS, IDENTITY & INDEPENDENCE Written by MS Broudy & Nick Diliberto The one word that sums up the preteen years is transition. One of the many changes 10-12-year-olds undergo is in the area of friendships. Preteens begin to move away from family relationships and gravitate more towards peers. Developmentally, two significant events are occurring: independence and identity formation. Add to that close proximity to friends for long periods of time, and there is the potential for preteens to be heavily influenced by their peers. This provides a church leader with an opportunity to foster healthy peer-to-peer relationships within...

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NEED A LAST MINUTE LESSON FOR CHRISTMAS?

Youth of all ages can learn a lot from the lives of Mary and Joseph.​The trust this young couple displayed in what God was doing in their lives can be a difficult thing for their minds to comprehend. Use this free lesson to teach youth of all ages that Mary and Joseph placed all their trust in God, and they can do the same. The lesson is on our parent website, Ministry to Youth.  Enjoy!– Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth - Preteens

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HOW TO HELP PRETEENS NAVIGATE SOCIAL MEDIA

Written by MS Broudy Most of the articles we post on our website are written for church leaders who volunteer or lead 4th-6th grade ministry, but this one is different. This one is written for parents of 4th-6th graders. If you lead or volunteer in preteen ministry, please share this with parents. And be sure to read the article yourself even if you're not a parent of preteens. I think you'll find it very helpful. - Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth - Preteens We live in the digital era. Young people today spend a large portion of their free time...

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WHEN LIFE DOESN'T GO YOUR WAY

A few nights ago, at about 10pm I was doing my nightly routine of cleaning up the kitchen and getting ready for bed. I walked by the laundry room to find a large pile of clean clothes stacked on the folding table and pool table, which serves as an overflow area for our laundry. None of the clothes were folded. They were all clean. If left up to my 3 kids, those clothes would continue to pile up, and they would make even more of a mess grabbing what they needed each morning. The pile of clothes slowly grew over...

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