We save you time & money by creating preteen curriculum to help you point students to Jesus.

(Above Image: Encinitas, a beach community of San Diego where our office is located.


Preteens are unique. They need—and deserve—their own ministry curriculum. Here are 5 important ways our custom curriculum meets preteen needs:  

1) Preteens are beginning to think for themselves.  

As younger kids, they simply accepted a lot as “truth”. Now, they’re asking questions and considering things from multiple angles. This new questioning nature can naturally extend to matters of faith.

This questioning is good! It’s healthy. Preteens need support to work through their questions and arrive at an authentic, deeply rooted faith.

2) Preteens are in transition from childhood to adolescence.  

No longer kids, preteens are still not quite teenagers. They're constantly developing, always in transition. And the change pervades all the areas of their lives: cognitive, physical, social, emotional and—importantly—spiritual.

The changes can be as rapid as they are profound. Excellent preteen ministry curriculum respects and embraces this reality.

3) Preteens want to "own" their relationship with Jesus.  

Yes, it is possible for preteens to “own” their relationship with Jesus. They’re ready and willing!

They can notice God’s action in their own lives. They can develop habits of prayer, worship, and Bible reading. In short, they are equipped to nurture their own relationship with God. They are ready to “own” it.

4) Preteens need a coach, not just a teacher. 

As ministry leaders, we must foster an environment for God to move in the lives of preteens. In this respect, our role is less like a teacher, and more like a coach.

Many preteen ministry leaders think of themselves as teachers, imparting information, helping their students to “get it”. And teaching is part of the job, to be sure. But it’s just the beginning of the job.

A coach guides and encourages. They equip others for success. Ultimately, however, a coach sits on the sidelines. It is the players who must put all the coaching and the teaching into action. 

And they will make mistakes. So the coaching continues, and over time the preteen grows into a fully devoted follower of Jesus.

5) Preteens learn by doing.  

How often do you hear people rave about the impressive listening skills of preteens? The fact is that preteens learn much better by doing than by listening.

Preteens love to play games, use their hands, feel the rush of surprise and action. To be really open to any process, it helps for preteens to feel that they are a part of it from beginning to end.

Our preteen curriculum is loaded with fun-tested games and hands-on activities that feed the restless and active preteen spirit.

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I’m Nick Diliberto, the founder of Ministry to Preteens.

I launched Ministry to Preteens in 2008, after about 9 years of being a children’s & preteen pastor. At that time, there was a huge need for preteen ministry resources. I felt like most of the preteen curriculum out there was either too young or old for 4th-6th graders. So, I recruited an amazing team and we published our own curriculum. And boy, did things take off!

We went from a one man operation to a team of amazing people, and along the way provided thousands of churches from around the world with really great preteen curriculum.

Ministry to Preteens is WAY bigger than me. We have an operations team that keeps the ball rolling (content coordinators, editors, graphic designer, customer service, etc). We also have a diverse and ever-changing team of writers, consisting of preteen ministry leaders like you. They come from all types of churches, big and small, and all types of denominations and non-denominations.

A little more about me...

I have over 20 years of experience in kids, preteen and youth ministry. In addition to leading Ministry to Preteens and Ministry to Youth full-time, I work part-time as a preteen ministry coordinator at my church. I also volunteer in our junior high ministry. After all this time, I still love working with this age group and enjoy being a part of what God is doing in their lives!

I live in Encinitas, a beach community of San Diego. It's also where our office is located. I've been married to Jena, a gnarly triathlete, for over twenty years. We're newly empty nesters with all three kids in college: Ethan, Joey & Emma.


    • KAELI HEARN is our graphic design queen. She also happens to be a musical genius and often leads youth worship.
    • NICK DILIBERTO is the founder of Ministry to Preteens / Ministry to Youth and has over 20 years of experience in youth and kid’s ministry.
    • ALISA LASKA is our youth ministry content coordinator.
    • TIFFANY ROBINSON is our kid's ministry content coordinator.
    • CASEY POWELL is our creative social media guy.
    • NANCY LOCOCO is our customer service ace.
    • CARRIE BUSCH and GABRIELLE LEWIS are our amazing editors. 
    • We also have a diverse and ever-changing team of writers, consisting of preteen ministry leaders like you. They come from all types of churches, big and small, and all types of denominations and non-denominations.