Sermon Series Ideas

 —  July 1, 2014 — 1 Comment

It is time for me to start planning our 2014-2015 calendar; events, sermon series ideas, retreats, etc. I have posted a list of my favorite resources that help in the area of sermon series ideas and graphic design elements but these three pages never made the list. Not because they are not great, but because I just discovered 2 of them. I have been visiting for a few years and recently found and

Click on and check out these three sites, they are easy to navigate and spark great ideas.  The URLs are what they say they are…

Other than from your regular Bible reading, where are you growing your series ideas?

– Brandon Early


stuffHere is a list of my favorite “FREE STUFF” websites. If you are looking for help with sermon series ideas, graphic, and games then you have should bookmark this post!

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


It has been a while since we have posted a list of cool, free fonts for youth ministry

These are fonts I have used and will keep in my design rotation. These graphics were designed in Photoshop, and look great as a solid color in any presentation software.

Check out the list, click a link, and download a font… or 13!



Before Breakfast



America Captain


The Kabel Font

Sketchetik Light


Rio Grande

Echinos Park Script


Skooly Awesome Bundle





live-x3I was talking with a youth worker today who was asking if LIVE Curriculum was worth it…
It is totally worth the investment of time and money. The price is more affordable than it looks. Think about all the messages LIVE offers, the consistency it provides, and it builds on itself. Win, Win, Win… And the investment of time is key. LIVE actually gives you time…it creates time in your life. I know that sounds weird, but with all the major prep complete you can grab a cup of coffee (or prune juice, I won’t judge) and have the lesson completely reviewed before your drink is gone leaving you margin in your schedule to meet with your leaders and students.

If you liked the FREE demos of LIVE Simply offers and want to take another step check out
Year With Jesus
Simple Truth or
Jesus-Centered Life
You and your leaders will be glad you did- mine are!

devotionalI am always looking for great devotional resources for my students.  We are launching the New Year with Simply’s H.A.B.I.T.S. sermon series, this super series contains loads of freely reproducible resources like devotionals for guys, girls, and students in general.  I LOVE the idea of having unlimited resources at my finger tips but I think I will be adding a few of these new devotionals Simply is releasing called The Simple Truth Bible.  Check them out by downloding 20 ABSOLUTELY FREE! And if you like them, buy in bulk, you can get a deeper discount.  Click here for The Simple Truth Bible devotionals.

InstaLife Series Arc

 —  December 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

Excited to start a new series in HSM next weekend called InstaLife – it will use Instagram as a backdrop to teach biblical truths. Pretty excited about the series! I like it when we create an “arc” or journey we are hoping to take students through both in each message and the series. Here’s an overview of the next two weeks:

InstaLife: Jealousy – Wanting Someone Else’s Username
Being jealous shows that we are not satisfied with what God has given us, that what we have is not enough. The Bible tells us that we need to be content with what we have because God would never forsake us and leave us with nothing. In order to go head to head with jealousy we need to become more like Jesus and less like ourselves. We need to stop wanting and ogling what everyone else posts through Instagram.

InstaLife: Being Fake – Look Behind the Filter
We post pictures online for everyone to see. We will post pictures on this app to allow other people to get a little glimpse into our lives. Many post pictures of the life they wish they had or pictures from only the good parts, giving the false perception to everyone who sees it thinking that you are just fine and dandy when in reality you are truly hurting. It is time to stop pretending that everything is okay and come to Jesus get out from behind the filter.


Some of the most popular posts of all time here on my blog are simple lists of sermon and series ideas for youth groups. Here’s a collection form a recent brainstorm session that might inspire you to create something in your student ministry:

  • Greater Than >
  • HE>I
  • Abandon Ship
  • Taboo Topics
  • Stuff Churches Don’t Talk About
  • Shhhhhhh …
  • #YOLO
  • I am ___________
  • Lie, Cheat, Steal
  • Be Careful Little Hands
  • More Than Words (How they hurt and how they can help)
  • Workshop Weekend
  • Stuff Jesus Said
  • Things Jesus Didn’t Say
  • Ready for Re-entry
  • Back to School
  • Booty, God, Booty
  • “The Other 6”
  • Apologetix
  • Liar, Lunatic or Lord?
  • Creation, Fall, Grace, Glory
  • IDK- “I don’t know?”
  • Ask Anything (Panel weekend, text in questions)
  • Ctrl, Alt, Delete / Apple+Q
  • Restart
  • Life Apps
  • “There’s an App for that!”
  • Lone Ranger
  • The Rest of the Story
  • “I can’t believe that’s in the Bible”
  • Insta-life
  • Behind the filter
  • <3 Like
  • Poser
  • Geeks, Freaks and Posers