Youth Worship

Make Countdowns Better

Countdowns are great tools to have in any ministry. They offer a definitive transition for students, and it lets our entire ministry know that SERVICE IS STARTING SOON!  We’ve done all sorts of countdowns; we’ve done your standard clock on a motion back countdown, we’ve done the fun-fact countdowns, and we’ve done montage countdowns with youtube footage of people either doing something awesome or failing miserably. We’ve done it all. Countdowns get…    read more 

6 great Worship songs for Youth Group

August 11, 2016    
Ben Read    
youth group worship programming

I’m fortunate enough to have an intern who helps lead our Jr. High Worship, but I still oversee our High School Worship. I’ve always been a fan of choosing a selection of songs and keeping them, rotating a handful out at the end of the year (or sometimes, semester breaks), so your band and group can get to know the songs really well, while also being exposed to new songs. I was blessed…    read more 

Weekend Recap for Oneighty

September 28, 2015    
Ben Read    
youth ministry ideas

Last night was only the second time we’ve been able to meet with our Students in the last month. Here’s what we did! Series: The Walking Dead Tonight’s  Bottom Line: It is not God’s will for us to blend in to the crowd, but for us to stand out. Order of Service Opener: You suck at Cooking – Maple Baked Salmon Announcements Element of Fun: Dinoball Marvelous Light – Hillsong Even so Come…    read more 

Songs to play before Youth Group

March 9, 2015    
Ben Read    

One of the most frequent questions we get in the YouthMin Facebook community has to do with music to play before and after Youth Group services. Here are 10 songs by Christian artists we are playing before and after our services that your group would love, too. We chose these songs because they cover a variety of musical tastes and help introduce your students to great new bands to add to their repertoire….    read more 

How To Run Family Worship Night

It’s Orange Week! Our team here at absolutely loves the Orange philosophy, their crew, their conference, and curriculum. A few of us were asked to focus this week on aspects of Orange, and we love participating every year in Orange week! Over the past few years, our ministry has hosted a Family Worship Night every year. The purpose for the night is to give parents opportunities to engage with their students…    read more 

Guest Post: Why we chose to only do Youth Group on Sunday Mornings

August 6, 2013    

About 6 years ago we made the decision to cancel our Wednesday night youth group for middle school students and move everything we did to Sunday mornings. For more info about what our Sunday morning program looks like click here. We also chose to cancel our Sunday morning and Sunday night gatherings for High School and move everything to Wednesday night. We saw both numerical growth and the quality of ministry increase…    read more 

Teaching the Gospel when notes go bad

October 15, 2012    
Jeff Simpson    

If you are a Worship leader, this has happened to you at some point (unless you are Carmen, he never makes mistakes): you start a song, and something is terribly wrong. You know it, the band knows it, everyone in the congregation knows it, but everyone just keeps pretending they don’t notice, until, at some point you have to stop the whole song and just start over. Well, this happened a few…    read more 

The Skinny on Students in Adult Worship

March 21, 2012    
Josh Read    

  For years, I’ve heard pastors, parents, and church goers directly or indirectly talk down forms of youth ministry that don’t include combining parents and students on Sunday morning. The argument is that students need to be around adults for intergenerational relationship development. While this CAN be true, I tend to think it’s a dream we believe but that doesn’t really translate into reality. I want to take a moment and really…    read more