We save you time & money by creating preteen curriculum to help you point students to Jesus.
WHAT MAKES OUR PRETEEN CURRICULUM UNIQUE?
What makes our preteen curriculum unique?
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) Your role is similar to a coach.
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 gush over 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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NICK DILIBERTO AND MINISTRY TO YOUTH
Hi, I’m Nick Diliberto, the creator of Ministry to Preteens.
After about 9 years of being a children’s & preteen pastor, I launched this website to provide curriculum and resources for preteen ministries around the world.
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 preteens.
So, I recruited an amazing team and that published our own curriculum. And boy, did things take off!
After launching the website, I continued to work full-time as a Children’s & Preteen Pastor for about 5 more years. Then, in June of 2012, I jumped into doing Ministry to Preteens full-time. Then, in 2014 Ministry to Youth was luanched.
I currently live in San Diego, CA and serve as a volunteer leadwer in my church's preteen and youth ministry.
We exist to provide tools for those leading in preteen ministry. It is our goal to put practical resources in your hands that are proven to be effective.
This website is WAY bigger than me. We’ve got a diverse team of writers, editors, graphic designers and more that keep everything running smoothly.
ABOUT MINISTRY TO YOUTH
Ministry to Preteens is a part of Ministry to Youth, which creates curriculum and resources for kids and youth (not just preteens).
We're all about helping you save time and money so you point students to Jesus!
- Creator of Ministry to Youth & Ministry to Preteens
- 18+ years experience of church ministry leadership (12+ years in preteen ministry)
- Christian Ministry Degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
- Although Nick went to a baptist seminary, he is not Baptist and has served at multiple non-denominational churches over the years.
- Bald, ain’t got no rhythm, and a bit crazy and weird at times (yes…I have a wild side).
- Married to Jena and dad to Ethan, Joey and Emma.
Our Core Team
- 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 Youth and has over 20 years of experience in youth and kid’s ministry.
- Christie Duoos is our operations guru. She’s also a rockstar youth group volunteer at her church.
- Nancy Lococo (not pictured) is our customer service ace (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’ve also got a diverse and ever-changing team of writers, consisting of preteen leaders like you. They come from all types of churches, big and small, and all types of denominations and non-denominations.