Asking Strategic Questions

Asking good questions can be far more beneficial than arriving at quick solutions. Sometimes it is important to take the time to reflect on our questions before acting.

Idea: Give Away Valentine Cards

For a different spin on Valentine's Day for the group, I invited in a divorced single mom to lead them in an art project. Too often Valentine's Day has a focus on young love. I wanted to redirect that focus tow...

Devo: Sharing the Valentine’s Day Love

The Word Proverbs 2:1-11 (TNIV) "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insi...

Game: Last One Standing

Bring two students to the front. Tell them they must take turns speaking. The object of the game is to say the title of any song from any decade that contains the word love. Each player has 10 seconds to respon...

Bible Study: Walking in the Way of Love

Quick Backdrop Have you adopted a life verse, a verse that you've found speaks truth to you in many life situations? If you don't yet have a life verse, I'd like to introduce you to a possibility. If you do ha...

Bible Study: Earthshaking Boldness

Quick Background Arrested. Released. Arrested. Released. That's pretty much the pattern Jesus' followers experienced as they shared the message of Christ with the world around them during the first few months o...

Two Inconvenient Boys

"If those two are allowed to keep coming, then my boys will not be coming to youth group anymore." This father's words were as hard as rock, and I knew it wasn't an idle threat. The anger that seeped through h...

Super Bowl Discussion Starter

Looking for a Bible Study / Discussion Starter on the Super Bowl? Try this! Ask: How many different animal-themed teams can you name? (Bears, Lions, Bengals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Dolphin...

Hard Times Roundtable

  In youth ministry, there’s no shortage of rough patches. You think you’ve got the lock-in planned, scheduled and effectively organized, and the location calls at the last minute and cancels your res...