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Themed Youth Events

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How long has it been since you did a themed youth night? Having a themed youth event is something that can attract new students while also doing something fun for the existing students that are interested in the theme.

The reasons to do this can be:

Fun – sometimes the goal is to have fun together and build positive memories that help students stay connected and associate good times with their youth ministry. We can all remember a fun event/s that we did with a youth ministry and so it builds an attraction or reason that some students would want to go and also it gives great opportunity to introduce them to God – either at a different even or maybe even the event itself has a discussion time where God is being introduced.

Outreach – Sometimes the goal is very focused in on outreach. The event is being planned strategically to get students in the community to show up. This type of event is often highly fun, may cost more because you are trying to bring things to the table that would make a student want to check it out. The goal is to share the gospel at some point of the event.

Building community – Sometimes a themed event is just good to build community within your existing youth ministry. Strengthening relationships within the youth ministry can be important to produce a more committed group of students. This may mean a leadership team, or it may mean just strengthening some relationships within the group.

Check out the old but still cool highlight of a Survivorz Lock-In event:

What benefits do you find in doing themed events?

Worship Song Message

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We all know and understand the power of music! So many times we sing songs but rarely take the time to ever breakdown what the song is really about. Take the time to contemplate a song’s lyrics. What does it mean scripturally? What emotions does the song evoke? What does the song generally say? What does the song specifically say? Themes? Application?

This youth ministry idea is something that I think could be very powerful. Every youth ministry has those songs that the students all generally like. You can tell because they get into it more. Why not take a night and have your message be about one of their favorites? Explain the song – give it greater depth the next time they sing it. A song can make a great impact, but can make even a greater impact when you fully understand what it is saying.

Here is a favorite currently:


There is love that came for us
Humbled to a sinner’s cross
You broke my shame and sinfulness
You rose again victorious

Faithfulness none can deny
Through the storm and through the fire
There is truth that sets me free
Jesus Christ who lives in me

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

No beginning and no end
You’re my hope and my defense
You came to seek and save the lost
You paid it all upon the cross

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all
There is none

So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher
So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher

So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher
So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

Contemplate. Dwell. Meditate. Absorb.


So to do this:

– Write or type out the song

– Find supporting scriptures for the lyrics

– Ask questions about the song – like the questions I asked earlier in this post

– Have a couple of students do some research on the song before the meeting

– Have a time of prayer about the song

– Sing the song together – if possible with just an acoustic guitar or maybe even “a cappella” if your group is capable

7 Biblical Lessons From Guardians of the Galaxy

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I recently went to watch Guardians of the Galaxy so before I share the 7 Biblical lessons – I need to mention this could be a SPOILER ALERT for those that haven’t yet seen the movie – so you have been warned!

I really enjoyed the movie – it does however have some swearing and couple of gestures in the movie – but overall it was a really cool movie full of humor and seriousness and creativity. Most-likely many in your youth ministry have already seen the movie – so this can be a great way to connect with them and bring out the God principles in the movie.

Please feel free to use this in your youth ministry and or tweak it so that it fits your group that you minister to:

1) Don’t try to handle everything by yourself.

In the movie there is this orb and in it contains a powerful stone, so powerful that many can not contain it’s power, but rather they end up exploding!

There are things in this life that are too big for us to handle and that’s why we need each other. We aren’t meant to do this thing called life by ourselves!

Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”

Ecc. 4:9-12: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Don’t become a lone ranger! We need each other to help face life’s battles so find others to help you in life and in turn help them as well!

2) Love never fails.

Groot is the tall tree-like character in the movie and he only says, “I am Groot.” – except at the end of the movie when he says, “We are Groot” as he is covering up the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy to prevent them from dying.

Groot shows his self-sacrificing love for his fellow team-mates. He lays down his life for his friends. This already sounds like Christ doesn’t it?!

John 15:13: “13 The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.”

How sacrificial is your love? Are you willing to lay down your life for your friends?

3) Being angry for the wrong reasons never works.

Quote from Drax: “All the anger, all the rage, was just to cover my loss.”

Ever been really angry? Like Hulkish angry? I know that I have, but the Bible has something to help us out with this anger (There are several verses – think God cares?) Smile :)

Ephesians 4:26-27: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”

James 1:19-20: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

Proverbs 29:11: “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”

James 1:20: “For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

The lesson in this is to get your anger under control. It won’t really solve the problem, but rather it could end up leading to many more problems so do what it takes to bring it under submission.

4) Ignorance is bliss, but not really – it’s just ignorance.

In the movie Rocket Raccoon is easily stereo-typed as a dumb rodent. However, everything that you observe about Rocket Raccoon – you quickly understand that he is extremely intelligent. 

You may have heard it said that ignorance is bliss, but it’s not really. Ignorance is a lack of understanding which leads to a lot of misunderstandings and misunderstanding lead to friction and or fighting.

Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

Hosea 4:6 “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge….”

Don’t be so quick to judge another person that is different from you because of the way they look, but rather get to know them so that you know who they are and what they can really bring to the family.

5) Differences shouldn’t prevent you from working together.

Each character in the movie is different from the others. They all have own personality along with what they want to see happen in their lives, however, they were forced to become United under one goal – which was to save the galaxy from power-hungry Ronan.

Instead of trying to get others to become like you, try embracing each other’s giftedness to accomplish a higher goal.

I Cor. 12:14-26 “14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

I’ve heard it where a preacher asks everyone in the room to yell out their name and of course it sounds very jarbled up. Then the preacher asks everyone to say: Jesus and it’s clear and powerful.

Focus on the higher common goal together and you will do great things!

6) Never underestimate the power of music and dance!

At the beginning of the movie, Peter Quill (Star Lord) after landing on a deserted planet – places on his headphones and pushes play on his 1980’s genre of music from his cassette player and basically dances his way through the darkness and threatening creatures to get the orb.

At the end of the movie, Peter begins dancing and because of his dance moves – he distracts Ronan and they save the Galaxy!

Psalm 149:3 “ Praise his name by dancing and playing music on harps and tambourines. The picture we gather here is that it is good to celebrate! Give God the glory by praising and dancing for him and distract the darkness!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Give people the reason behind your dance!

7) Say a lot with few words.

“I Am Groot” Groot – a walking tree in the film – only says, “I am Groot” except for at the end of the film where he says, “We are Groot” as he wraps himself around the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy to keep them from dying (like #2).

You don’t have to say a lot to mean a lot! His message is clear and to the point and nobody denies his love for the mission at hand.

Proverbs 17:27 says, “27 A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.”

Sometimes fewer words are better – take action instead.

48 Prayer Activities To Try For SYATP

See You At The Pole

Every September for several years now, youth ministries have participated in an activity called SYATP (See You At The Pole). It was started by teens that wanted to begin praying for their schools and it’s been going on as commitment by many youth ministries for years.

I recently found a PDF from Break Free Youth Ministry that gives you 48 prayer activities that you can try with your youth. I thought about tying this together leading up to SYATP. Some of these ideas could be done prior to SYATP and some maybe could be incorporated with whatever you have planned for the September 24th event.

I think we all would agree that any activities to get our students as well as ourselves to pray more – would be a great thing because far more than not there seems to be a lack of prayer in our individual lives as well as corporately.


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What have you seen prayer do in your youth ministry? What activities have you seen success with?

Name That Tune Activity

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Naming that tune has been around for a long time. There was even a game show called: Name That Tune. But this is a fun and quick activity that can be used as a ice-breaker or just part of your fun activity for the night. This activity always gets people thinking and grunting and saying words like, “Oh”…”I think it’s”…”ahhh”… and other words with a frustration emphasis as they try to recall the name of the tune.

How To Play: Basically – you need to put together a playlist of songs and then you play a second or two or three of the song and first person, or team (if you are dividing into teams) to give the correct answer to the title of the song – WINS.

TIPS: Get creative and make it fun by offering candy or prizes to the team or individual that wins. Make sure that you select songs that are going to give them a chance at guessing – so don’t select obscure songs that probably nobody knows, unless you want to do a round of really difficult songs to guess. Decide on the rules and stick with them. Maybe you are open to everyone to be able to use their phones or maybe you want to keep things closed without the help of their phones or internet. Decide if you want to keep all the songs Christian or if you want to mix them up with both Christian and non-Christian songs. Have fun with it!

Alternative Way: You can also do video clip name that tune – just make sure that you have cued all of the clips up or downloaded them so that there are no hiccups as you play each clip.