We recently used “Made,” a sermon series by Kurt Johnston™©, in our Sunday morning program. It is a great teaching tool for any youth worker. This robust package (marketing tools, graphics, presentation slides, transcripts, etc.) is also complete in a way that a ministry leader can feel comfortable handing it to a volunteer and letting them run with it. If you want to buy it, let me hook you up with a 10% discount. Just click the “made” graphic to the right and then search “made” in the Simply Store.

We added a 4th week to this 3 week series by creating a prayer experience at the end. The experience was simple and powerful. Feel free to use, edit, or springboard off these elements and ideas. Here’s what we did:

There were 7 stations, each explained by these signs. You can print these out on legal paper, each page represents one station.

Items Needed:

  • Signs for each station (download here)
  • Paper people to cut-out (something like this, or draw your own and photocopy)
  • Scissors (don’t forget those green handled ones for the left-handed kids)
  • Board to display people cut-outs on (we have a metal wall and magnets, if you do not have that consider tape and a wall or a cork board and pins)
  • Markers (for 3 different stations)
  • Refrigerator letter magnets to spell “I WAS MADE TO
  • Play-Doh (We called it molding clay, it is less messy than clay)
  • Cotton Wool (We just bought cotton, but if you can find real wool that would be good)
  • Salt (We had about 100 students, so we asked a fast food restaurant if we could have a hundred salt packets)
  • MADE Sign.  For the series we had someone in our church create the word MADE from wood and hung it on stage for set design. We had sharpies at this station and asked all the students to sign a letter.
  • Background Music (optional, here is our short playlist…took about 25 minutes to get all the students through)
  • Scripture video loop.  Download it here for FREE.

We asked our students to complete the walk in any order, but to stop at the Scripture video loop last. This had us end at the same place while keeping the other stations from being clogged.

Prayer Walk – Broadband from Brandon Early on Vimeo.

If you have any questions about the curriculum, the prayer walk, or the 10% discount just leaving a note in the comments.

Brandon Early

@uthguy9

Prayer Walk

Colton Harker —  May 31, 2013 — 1 Comment

Prayer Walk

With the school year coming to a close, we thought we would have one last big push for a campus outreach event. We decided to go out with a bang and do a multi-campus prayer walk! Prayer walks are one of my favorite things that we do! It is a completely student lead prayer event that takes place each school campus in our area at the same time. Here are a few reasons I’d push it for your ministry!

Student Leadership Opportunity! It is a great opportunity to give your students a chance to really own something. They are responsible for everything from promoting it to programming it. The cool thing about programming it is that a prayer walk can be done in a ton of different ways. Some schools have their students walk around the entire campus praying for specific teachers, student groups, etc. Some schools have a worship session at the beginning. And some schools even split off by grades and pray for each other! Prayer Walks allow student leaders to get creative with their events and experiment with some cool elements.

Adaptability! There are a ton of different occasions to put on a Prayer Walk. We just did ours because the school year is coming to an end. We prayed for things like graduating seniors and incoming freshmen. You could put them on right before the school year starts, right before finals season, right after a school tragedy, etc. You get to adapt the event to match what is happening in the student’s lives.

Fellowship! Prayer Walks have proven to be a great bonding time for our schools. We have our students promote it through all of the school clubs and push it to any Christians they know. Because of that, students get to be joining in prayer and ministry with students from other churches. Because we have the prayer walks on Sundays, students usually go out and grab lunch together after and just hang out, allowing them to get to know each other outside of school hours.

Is your ministry doing any prayer events? How do you do them?

Colton [Email||Twitter]



Summer Idea Lab

Josh Griffin —  June 11, 2012 — 5 Comments

Summer is a great time to try new things…and that’s what we’re doing! Here are a few things we’re kicking off in this next season that might inspire you to try something new as well. Share what you’re excited about in the comments, too!

Worship Together Weekends
Starting in July we’re going to cancel our “youth group” services and worship as a whole church—young and old. Our pastor is going to do his best to address students in his message, and the various other service elements are going to be designed to include or at least acknowledge the whole church worshiping as one.

We’re so excited about this change in our church, because in our setting it doesn’t happen naturally. Chances are your church could use a little “inter-generational kick in the pants,” too. Summer is a great time to something a try.

Youth Ministry Instagram Account
We just created an Instagram account for our student ministry—fun pictures taken on the spot at summer events or up at camp will instantly be shared with parents and other students. We’ll have them dropped onto our Facebook page as well. A simple, fun way to instantly connect with people who aren’t on the trip or waiting for word back home.

Prayer Walk at High Schools
This past weekend our student leaders organized a prayer walk at the main high schools represented in our youth group. The idea was simple but effective—kind of like a “See You at the Pole” but we didn’t want to wait until the fall. So we met at the flagpole, prayed together and then walked through the campus (empty since it was on a weekend) and prayed for the students, teachers, and staff that are represented in each area you walk. Football field: Pray for the athletes.

Walk by the school office? Pray for the principal, etc. Then after about a half hour everyone met up for food at a local fast-food joint, too. So fun! In the summer, you could pick the most convenient day of the week for your group.

So there are a few ideas from us—look for a handful more tomorrow as well! What new ideas are you most excited about this summer?

This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.