get one year of new and exclusive preteen ministry curriculum

Get one year of new and exclusive preteen ministry curriculum designed to help 4th-6th graders explore their faith and wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

These exclusive series are not sold individually or in a bundle. They're only available as a one-year unit.

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Note: All year one curriculum has been released & is available for instant download.
VIEW YEAR 2 CURRICULUM (for those who have completed year 1).

WHY US?

WHAT MAKES OUR PRETEEN CURRICULUM UNIQUE?

Here are 5 important qualities of preteens that make them unique. All of them are foundational to our curriculum:

1) Preteens are exploring their faith.

They question what they’ve always accepted as truth and see things from a different angle. They begin to question their faith, and maybe even experience some doubt on certain truths they have previously believed to be true.

They're beginning to think for themselves. This is actually a good thing. They need opportunities to hash out their questions and doubts.

2) Preteens are in transition from childhood to adolescence.

They're no longer kids and not quite teenagers. They're in a constant state of change and transition.

Preteens are undergoing a massive amount of changes in all areas of their lives: cognitively, physically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally.

They’re literally morphing into adolescence.

They think differently than younger kids. Their bodies are undergoing rapid growth (organs, bones, brain, etc.). Friends become a priority. They’re able to “own” for themselves a relationship with God.

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’re capable of:

  • Taking steps to nurture a relationship with God on their own.
  • Paying attention to what God is doing in and around them.
  • Developing habits like prayer, worship, Bible reading, etc.

Our job as ministry leaders is to create an environment for God to move in the lives of preteens. Our job is to help them "own" a real vibrant relationship with Jesus.

4) The role of a preteen ministry leader is similar to a coach.

A coach gives guidance, encouragement, and equips players to succeed in the game. But ultimately, the coach sits on the sidelines while the players participate.

A teacher instructs and communicates information to his/her students with the goal of them "getting it."

Most preteen ministry leaders think their role is to be a teacher, but that’s not the end goal. It's only one piece of the puzzle.

I'm not saying to avoid teaching preteens. A coach does “teach” the players. You should teach preteens about God, the Bible, and Jesus.

But a coach goes one step further helping players put into action what he/she teaches. That’s the ultimate goal. Players will take what the coach taught, and then do it.

Usually, it’s not done right the first time. It takes a little more guidance from the coach and practice from the player.

The same is true in preteen ministry.

As you give students opportunities to pray, hear God’s voice, share their faith with friends, worship, etc... they probably won't get it all right.

But the more they do it, getting encouragement & guidance from leaders, the more natural it will become.

5) Preteens learn by doing.

Preteens learn by doing, not just listening to a message

Preteens love to play active games, participate in hands-on activities that are "cool," and need to be a part of the learning process from beginning to end.

Our preteen curriculum is loaded with fun games and hands-on activities appropriate for preteens. And of course, we provide options for those still meeting online.

SAMPLE LESSON: UNSHAKABLE FAITH

Here is a free sample lesson from our Daniel: Unshakable Faith series. The lesson is based on Daniel 1, and here's the big idea: You can choose to follow God even when it’s not the popular thing to do!

SCOPE & SEQUENCE

Get one year of new and exclusive preteen ministry curriculum designed to help 4th-6th graders explore their faith and wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

All the series are released and available for use.

What you see below is the scope & sequence for year 1.

View year 2 curriculum here (for those who have completed year 1).

These exclusive series are not sold individually or in a bundle. They're only available as a one-year unit.

The curriculum is designed for you to jump in and start using at any point throughout the year. Although we recommend to use certain series on certain months, feel free to use any series whenever you want.

ONLINE AND IN PERSON: All our preteen curriculum provides options to do the lessons (teaching, games, activities, etc.) online and in-person. If you're meeting in-person, all the games and activities are compliant with social distancing guidelines.

Below is an overview recommended month of the year to teach each series:

USE IN JANUARY
Daniel: Unshakable Faith (Available Now):
This 5-week series explores the life of Daniel and the unshakeable faith he displayed through extraordinary trials.

DANIEL: UNSHAKEABLE FAITH OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: CHOOSE TO FOLLOW GOD
    Bible: Daniel 1:8
    Bottom Line: You can choose to follow God even when it’s not the popular thing to do.
  • WEEK 2: BE FAITHFUL IN PRAYER
    Bible: Daniel 6:10
    Bottom Line: Prayer gives you a direct connection to God that no one can take away.
  • WEEK 3: TRUST GOD
    Bible: Daniel 6:21-23
    Bottom Line: You can trust God even when you face difficult circumstances.
  • WEEK 4: BE HUMBLE
    Bible: Daniel 9:5
    Bottom Line: Daniel was humble before God and we should be too.
  • WEEK 5: LIVE WITH UNSHAKEABLE FAITH
    Bible: Daniel 10:12
    Bottom Line: God can give you courage so you will never have to be afraid.

USE IN FEBRUARY
Own It: This 4-week series helps preteens to take ownership of their relationship with Je
sus.

OWN IT OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: HERE ARE THE BASICS...
    Bible: Matthew 7:25
    Bottom Line: After you choose to follow Jesus, prayer, Bible Study, and fellowship with others, will help build a strong foundation for your faith.
  • WEEK 2: FOLLOW THE LEADER
    Bible: 1 Thessalonians 5:12
    Bottom Line: Those who are strong in their faith can help you grow in your faith.
  • WEEK 3: GOT QUESTIONS?
    Bible: Ephesians 1:8
    Bottom Line: Asking questions can help you understand what you believe about God and strengthen your faith.
  • WEEK 4: HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH STORY
    Bible: Philemon 1:6
    Bottom Line: You can help others know God by sharing what He has done in your life.his 5-week series explores the life of Daniel and the unshakeable faith he displayed through extraordinary trials.

USE IN MARCH
Friendships: This 4-week series helps students navigate the world of friendships.

FRIENDSHIPS OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: CHOOSE GOOD FRIENDS
    Bible: Proverbs 27:17
    Bottom Line: Good friends bring out the best in you.
  • WEEK 2: BE A TRUE FRIEND
    Bible: Ecclesiastes 4:10  
    Bottom Line: True friends are with you through life’s highs and lows. 
  • WEEK 3: ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER
    Bible: Hebrews 10:24
    Bottom Line: True friends encourage you to follow God.
  • WEEK 4: BEST FRIENDS… FOREVER
    BibleProverbs 17:17
    Bottom Line: True friends are with you for the long haul.
This 4-week preteen series that takes an in-depth look at the ministry, miracles, life and death of Jesus.

USE IN APRIL
Book of John: This 4-week Easter series that takes an in-depth look at the ministry, miracles, life and death of Jesus.

BOOK OF JOHN OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: Jesus - Here from the Beginning

    BIBLE: John 1:1-5; 2:1-8; 6:5-15; 6:16-21; 9:1-7; Romans 8:28
    BOTTOM LINE: Jesus reveals Himself as Creator through miracles.
  • WEEK 2 - A Hunger Only God Can Fulfill
    BIBLE: John 6:32-40, Psalm 34:8
    BOTTOM LINE: Jesus is the Bread of Life.
  • LESSON 3: Living as Children of Light
    BIBLE: John 8:12

    BOTTOM LINE: Jesus is the Light of the World.
  • LESSON 4: There Is Always Hope

    BIBLE: John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:6-8, Mark 9:30-32, John 11:25
    BOTTOM LINE: Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.
A 5-week preteen series on the book of Philippians

USE IN MAY
Book of Philippians:
This 5-week series on the book of Philippians helps students find joy no matter what circumstances they face.

PHILIPPIANS OVERVIEW

  • Week 1: Joy… In Every Circumstance
    Bottom Line: Because of Jesus, we can experience joy in every circumstance – in good times and in difficult situations.
    Bible: Philippians 1
  • Week 2: Joy… In Unity With Others
    Bottom Line: There is joy when people are unified together in peace and love.
    Bible: Philippians 2
  • Week 3: Joy… That Is Never-Ending
    Bottom Line: Never-ending joy is produced in our lives when we have a relationship with God.
    Bible: Philippians 3
  • Week 4: Joy… In Pursuing Jesus
    Bottom Line: As we pursue Jesus, we find joy and contentment that can only be found in Him.
    Bible: Philippians 3 & 4
  • Week 5: Joy… In Contentment
    Bottom Line: No matter what we face, we can be content, knowing that God takes care of our needs.
    Bible: Philippians 4
An 8-week summer preteen series on the book of Psalms.

USE IN JUNE AND JULY
Summer in the Psalms - This 8-week summer series takes preteens on a journey through the book of Psalms.

Have you ever felt fear? What about loneliness? Frustration? Hope? If so, you will really like Bible book of Psalms. The Psalms are prayers written by real people (usually in the form of a poem or a song) going through real issues (some good, some bad). As we study the Psalms together, we hope you’ll find passages you can turn to throughout your life to help give voice to your feelings.

SUMMER IN THE PSALMS OVERVIEW

  • Lesson 1: Psalm 1
    Bottom Line: Life is a journey, and what we experience is directly related to the voices we follow. The truly wise will obey the teachings (Torah) of God, not the wisdom of the world.
  • Lesson 2: Psalm 24
    Bottom Line: We worship God on our journey, because he holds all things together – from the bigness of the world to the smallness of our individual lives.
  • Lesson 3: Psalm 42-43
    Bottom Line: When the journey gets tough and we are desperate for God, He reminds us of his faithfulness in the past, and that gives us hope for our future.
  • Lesson 4: Psalm 72
    Bottom Line: On our journey, we should be people who stand for the poor, the needy, the weak, and the oppressed, because God is our King who fights for justice.
  • Lesson 5: Psalm 84
    Bottom Line: As we experience the highs and lows of the journey, spending time with God is what keeps us going.
  • Lesson 6: Psalm 96
    Bottom Line: We don’t have to live in fear or anxiety on the journey because God is holding all things together, so we can trust him in all things.
  • Lesson 7: Psalm 119 
    Bottom Line: Our trust in God grows as we journey along in obedience.
  • Lesson 8: Psalm 150
    Bottom Line: From the beginning to the end of our journey, as we think about our lives, we celebrate who God is and what He’s done for us.
back to school lessons preteen ministry

USE IN AUGUST
Back to School -
A 4-week back to school series about loving God & others, being a good friend to others, God's purpose, and having a kingdom mindset.

BACK TO SCHOOL OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: Ephesians 3:16-19
    BOTTOM LINE: When you realize God knows everything about you, and He loves you completely, you are free to love others.
  • WEEK 2: 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 John 3:11; and Romans 12:4-5
    BOTTOM LINE: When you realize God created you to be part of a family with deep, honest friendships, you are free to be a great friend to others.
  • WEEK 3: Ephesians 2:8-10
    BOTTOM LINE: When you realize God has a purpose for your life – to know Him and make Him known, you are free to chase after the things you love, knowing God designed and purposed you to be uniquely you.
  • WEEK 4: John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
    BOTTOM LINE: When you realize God has invited you to be a part of His plan to redeem the world, you are free to live a life that reveals God’s kingdom to others.

USE IN SEPTEMBER
What's Next? (Now Available)

This 4-week series encourages preteens as they face the challenges of life and trust God with their future. This series helps preteens understand that problems are an opportunity to embrace God’s hope and grace.

WHAT'S NEXT? OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: WHEN THE WORLD SEEMS UPSIDE DOWN
    Bible: Psalm 18:2
    Bottom Line: When things change, and you fear the unknown, God can give you peace, security, and wisdom.
  • WEEK 2: WHEN YOU STRUGGLE TO HAVE A RIGHT PERSPECTIVE
    Bible: Ephesians 4:21-23
    Bottom Line: It can be difficult to have the right perspective when you experience change, but God can encourage you and help you face what’s next.
  • WEEK 3: WHEN YOU FEEL AFRAID OF THE FUTURE
    Bible: John 16:33
    Bottom Line: Fear can make you feel discouraged and without hope. But God gives unending hope and strength to those who rely on Him.
  • WEEK 4: HOW TO MOVE FORWARD IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
    Bible: 1 Peter 2:21
    Bottom Line: You can keep following God’s plan for you, even when times are tough, just like Jesus did.

USE IN OCTOBER
Unmasked:
This 4-week series helps preteens discover their true identity as they remove the “mask” that hides their true selves. It’s easy to hide behind “masks” that hide our true identity. Sometimes these masks are who we want to be or they cover up our faults. God knows us better than we know ourselves because He made us. As we grow closer to God, He removes the masks and helps us discover who He created us to be.

UNMASKED OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: THE REAL YOU
    Bible: Ephesians 2:10
    Bottom Line: When you remove the mask that hides your faults and fears, what is your true identity? You are God’s masterpiece.
  • WEEK 2: WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH
    Bible: 2 Corinthians 2:10
    Bottom Line: As followers of Jesus, we find true strength when we remove the mask that hides our weaknesses and trust in God’s strength.
  • WEEK 3: DON'T BE A FAKE VERSION OF YOUR REAL SELF
    Bible: Philippians 2:3
    Bottom Line: When we try to impress others by being someone we aren’t, we miss the opportunity to be humble, kind and selfless.
  • WEEK 4: THE MASK THAT HIDES SIN
    Bible: Psalm 69:5
    Bottom Line: There is nothing more freeing than to know forgiveness. Then, we no longer need a mask of fear and guilt to hide our sin from God.
  • WEEK 5: DON'T PUT THE MASK BACK ON
    Bible: 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 
    Bottom Line: When you are tempted to hide behind a mask, remember that God is with you – never give up or give in. Be who God created you to be.

USE IN NOVEMBER
Stuck in the Middle:
This 4-week series helps preteens navigate the many changes experienced as they transition from childhood to adolescence.

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OVERVIEW

  • WEEK 1: EMOTIONS
    Bible: Ecclesiastes 3:1&4; John 11:35
    Bottom Line: Value, accept and listen to what your emotions are telling you. 
  • WEEK 2: INDEPENDENCE
    Bible: Proverbs 1:8
    Bottom Line: The path to independence is learning to be responsible and to communicate with your parents in a healthy way. 
  • WEEK 3: FRIENDSHIPS
    Bible: Proverbs 27:9, 18:24; Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 15:33
    Bottom Line: You are heavily influenced by your friends, so choose wisely.
  • WEEK 4: DECISIONS
    Bible: Proverbs 19:20
    Bottom Line: The preteen years are an opportunity to learn how to make wise decisions.

USE IN NOVEMBER
Everyday Thanks
: This 1-week Thanksgiving lesson helps preteens learn to practice gratitude at Thanksgiving and beyond.

This 4-week series reminds preteens to focus on the gifts of Jesus, family, friends, and faith during the Christmas season.

USE IN DECEMBER
All I Want for Christmas: This 4-week series reminds preteens to focus on the gifts of Jesus, family, friends, and faith during the Christmas season.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS OVERVIEW

  • Week 1: Family – A Gift to be Treasured
    Bible: Luke 2
    Bottom Line: God showed us the value of families when He sent Jesus to Earth to be raised by Mary and Joseph.
  • Week 2: Friendship – A Gift to Give and Receive
    Bible: Matthew 2:1-12
    Bottom Line: Friends put the needs of others above their own.
  • Week 3: Faith – A Gift to Share with Others
    Bible: Luke 1:46-50 (Mary’s Song of Praise)
    Bottom Line: Most gifts we receive only last for a little while. Jesus is a gift that was given to us that lasts for eternity.
  • Week 4: Jesus – The Gift that Lasts Forever
    Bible: Matthew 1:23
    Bottom Line: Most gifts we receive only last for a little while. Jesus is a gift that was given to us that lasts for eternity.

Already completed year one?
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THE NUTS & BOLTS

Get one year of new preteen ministry curriculum designed to help 4th-6th graders explore their faith and wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

All our preteen curriculum provide options to do the lessons (teaching, games, activities, etc.) online and in-person. If you're meeting in-person, all the games and activities are compliant with social distancing guidelines.

All of year 1 curriculum is available for instant download.

View year 2 curriculum (only for those who have completed year 1).

All the series are not sold individually or in a bundle. They're only available as a one-year unit.

EVERYTHING IS DOWNLOADABLE. After purchase, you'll immediately be directed to a download page AND get an email that includes a link to download all the resources. The bundle is only available as a downloadable product.  

LESSONS COME IN PDF & WORD format so you can edit as needed and share with volunteers.  

EACH LESSON INCLUDES:

  • A fun opening game
  • Creative teaching
  • Engaging small group activities and discussion questions.

Although the lessons aren't meant to be read word for word (we encourage you to make it your own), included is a detailed script for leaders to follow. In order to accommodate COVID-19, all our preteen curriculum provides options to do the lessons (teaching, games, activities, etc.) online and in-person. If you're meeting in-person, all the games and activities are compliant with social distance guidelines.

PRETEEN TARGETED. Our curriculum is preteen targeted. Our team knows preteens and what makes them tick. Every single lesson is written with the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental development of 4th-6th graders in mind.

SERIES ARTWORK includes cover image for promotional use and blank text image for making your own presentation slides.  

ALL OUR RESOURCES ARE WRITTEN BY PRETEEN LEADERS like you who have a heart to see God move in the lives of students.  

OUR STUFF IS TOP NOTCH. We don't just throw together an outline and sell it to you. Our team, who has been creating 4th-6th grade curriculum for over 12 years, puts a lot of time and effort creating quality lessons that are jam-packed with more than enough teaching material.

WHO IS OUR CURRICULUM WRITTEN FOR?

In-Person or Online Preteen Ministry
Use our curriculum when doing online preteen ministry or in-person. Options for both are provided in each lesson.

Big or Small Preteen Ministry
We write our curriculum for both big and small preteen ministries. Whatever the size of your group, you can edit as needed to fit the needs of your preteen ministry.

All Denominations (and Non-Denominations)
All our lessons are theologically broad enough for all church denominations (and non-denominations). We stay central to the core truths of Christianity and don't focus on denominational differences.

Sunday School or Small Groups
Does your church have an active Sunday School program? Our curriculum is a good fit for you. If your group has more than 12 preteens, then use our curriculum as a tool to disciple them in a small group setting.

ABOUT US

My name is Nick Diliberto. That's my wife, Jena, and I eating pizza at our favorite spot - Pizza Port.

I launched my first preteen ministry 22 years ago - in 1998. I was a young 22-year-old Children's Pastor overseeing 1st-6th grade at my church.  

Our church was growing fast, and so was the Children's Ministry. We had 40-50 1st-6th graders in each one of our three weekend services crammed together in a small classroom. It was a tiny classroom, and we were bursting at the seams.

Furthermore, I noticed right away that the existing curriculum and programming was more appealing to the younger kids. The preteens had checked out. They needed something different for them.  

The solution was to start a preteen ministry just for 4th-6th graders. I knew this would be an awesome opportunity to reach the older kids.  

So, I jumped right in and shifted most of my time and energy on building the preteen ministry. We called it "Club 456."  

The more time I spent with preteens, the more I realized how unique and awesome they were. They were loud. They had LOTS of energy. They were impressionable and open to God. They were great!

Over the years that preteen ministry became well known in our community. We reached a lot of students who would not typically go to church. We developed an amazing team of committed volunteers. God moved in both big and small ways. I was so grateful to be a part of what God was doing in the lives of 4th-6th graders.  

I led that preteen ministry for nearly 10 years, then moved on to work at another church. Looking back, those 10 years were some of the best of my life.

Even now, over 20 years later, I experience a deep sense of joy and gratitude typing these words, going back in my head to the very beginning. Seeing their faces, and remembering their hearts for God. Those preteens and volunteers will forever be a part of me.

I launched this website way back in 2008 to provide creative curriculum and resources for preteen ministries around the world.

At that time, there was a huge need for curriculum and resources for 4th-6th grade ministry.

I felt like most of the curriculum out there was either too young or old for preteens.

So, I recruited an amazing team and decided to publish 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 it full-time. In 2014 I launched Ministry to Youth, a company that saves youth and children's ministry leaders time and money by creating bundles of lessons and games. We eventually incorporated our preteen curriculum under the Ministry to Youth brand.

This website is WAY bigger than me. We’ve got a diverse team of writers, editors, graphic designer, etc. that keep everything running smoothly.

Our goal is to help 4th-6th graders explore their faith and wholeheartedly follow Jesus.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our curriculum!

- Nick Diliberto

YEAR 2 SCOPE & SEQUENCE

Below is the scope & sequence for year two of our preteen curriculum. This is for only for those who have completed year one.

Year 2 is currently in development. The first series is available now. All the others will be released 30 days prior to the recommended month to use.

Use in September (Availalbe Now)
Rooted: 4-week series helping preteens become grounded in their faith as they follow Jesus. This series will help students build a strong foundation as they study the basic fundamentals of their faith – salvation, repentance, how to grow their relationship with Jesus, and how to share their faith.

Use in October (Available Now)

Overwhelmed: This 4-week series teaches preteens to allow God’s grace to overwhelm the stress and anxiety in their life.

Use in November (Available October 1)
Romans: A 4-week series on the book of Romans.


Use in December (Available November 1)
Christmas: A 4-week in depth look at the Christmas story.

Use in January (Available December 1)

Accepted: A 4-week series teaching preteens that God loves and accepts them as-is, and how to extend that same grace to others.

Use in February (Available January 1)

Lead: A 4-week preteen series on how to be a leader.

Use in March (Available February 1)

Love: A 4-week series on the unconditional, never-ending, reckless love of God.

Use in April (Available March 1)

Easter: A 4-week series on the life, death & resurrection of Jesus.

Use in May (Available April 1)

Acts: A 4-week series on the early church in the book of Acts.

Use in June & July (Available May 1)
Grow: This 8-week series helps preteens understand simple yet powerful concepts that will help them grow as followers of Jesus. Themes include: freedom, new life, wisdom, transition, etc.

Use in August (Available July 1)

Priorities: A 4-week back to school series on priorities.

Questions? Contact Kate at kate@ministrytoyouth.com
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