How to Create a Thriving Preteen Ministry

In an effort to create a thriving preteen ministry, many leaders do something that actually ends up hurting their ministry rather than helping it.

Surprisingly, the key to creating a thriving preteen ministry is very simple (yet effective).

I unpack all this in a 1 minute 40 second video.

Watch the video and find out how to create a thriving preteen ministry.

Yes, I shot the video in my car. I’ve got a really bad memory. If I didn’t film it when the thought was fresh in my mind, I would have quickly forgotten it.

On a personal note…

Last weekend my wife, Jena, competed in the Sandestin Triathlon in Florida. She finished 7th place in her age group, which is awesome! Unfortunately, she and everyone else competing in the race swam through hundreds of jellyfish and got stung all over their bodies. In fact, one person accidentally swallowed a jellyfish and then threw it back up. Ouch!

Good thing my wife is tough. I would have quit after getting stung just once! Yeah, I’m a big baby 🙂

On a positive note, since the triathlon was in Sandestin, Florida we got to have a lot of family fun while there. We went to the beach, swam in the hotel pool, went go cart riding, snorkeled, played miniature golf and more. We had an awesome time!

In fact, here’s a pic of my son Ethan (13 years old), daughter Emma (9 years old), and I at the beach. 

nick, ethan and emma diliberto at beach

I’ve heard this saying before when it relates to spending time with your family…

“It’s not quantity time that is important, but quality time.”

I disagree.

It’s both quality AND quality time that’s important.

In the business of ministry life, always remember that those closest to you are the most important. Remember to keep your family a priority over those in your ministry.

Hope you have a great week!

Nick Diliberto, The Preteen Ministry Guy

Also, if you liked the above video you will also enjoy this one…

Why Preteen Ministry is Frustrating & What to do About It


7 Responses to “How to Create a Thriving Preteen Ministry

  • Thank you…. I heard this idea a lot lately and it is speaking to me greatly. I have a large and successful preteen ministry near me and I look up to the pastor of this ministry a lot so it’s hard for me to not want to copy everything he does, but I just can’t. So instead of being frustrated, I am choosing to look at my ministry as unique to me and my church and let God guide me.

    • Lori, that’s great for you to come to that conclusion. It’s easy to copy what works for others and more daring to make your own path. Keep it up though! God has something special and unique for your preteen ministry.

  • Kevin
    7 years ago

    Thank you for the advice – I agree with you about seeking what God wants for your church and not trying to be like someone else.

  • Lois Brewer
    7 years ago

    Thank you for your website and sharing your wonderful ideas. God has certainly blessed you and He will continue to do so as you share His blessings with others. I’m a newbie to preteen ministry. As a Christian Education Director I’ve worked with all ages but I’ve only worked closely with junior and senior youth (7th – 12th grade) and children. This year I will be working with 5th and 6th grade students. I’m excited to see what God is going to do! I’m so thankful for the Internet and the willingness of others to share their knowledge and experience.
    Oh yeah, and wow, great job to your wife on that triathlon! We have one every year in our little town and there’s no way I could do it – and we don’t have jelly fish!
    Thank you! May our Father continue to bless your ministry!