Although fun and games aren’t the ultimate point of a church youth ministry, they definitely add excitement and attract more kids. Likewise, clever youth group names aren’t the main ingredient, yet they add meaning, create a sense of identity and communicate the ministry’s purpose and plans.
What should we name our ministry?
A general description such as “First Church Youth Group” may accurately describe your ministry, but it’s not very creative or catchy. It’s best to add pizzazz by incorporating something unique about your kids, your mission or even your location. Maybe your church is located on a hill or near water. Maybe your youth group is known throughout the congregation and community for conducting certain fundraisers or service projects.
Cool acronyms work well for youth group names, as do concepts that bring to mind visual images. If your church maintains separate programs for middle schoolers (or junior highers) and high schoolers, consider using different names for them. And if your kids also meet in small groups, each of those can have its own identifying name or theme. Just avoid using another company’s slogan or the name of another nearby church group.
Because Christian youth groups aim to teach and share the gospel message, biblical concepts are especially powerful. Religious-themed youth group names serve as awesome reminders of why the ministry exists and what it aims to accomplish.
What is a good name for a youth group? The answer often can be found among its members, so be sure to involve your kids in the name search. When teenagers brainstorm together and reach a consensus, they’ll feel more ownership of your church’s youth program. Keeping kids invested and involved is essential for the long-term success of any youth ministry.
To launch your brainstorming for youth group names, use this list of great ideas.
40 Creative Youth Group Names to Consider:
1. Youth Impact
2. Common Ground
3. The Rock
6. LIFT (Love In Fellowship & Truth)
10. The Immovables (see 1 Corinthians 15:58)
11. Axios! (Greek for “worthy”)
12. The Summit
13. Youth Fusion
15. Set Apart
17. Truth Seekers
18. Free to Be
20. Three SixTeens (see John 3:16)
23. Waves of Grace
26. Plugged In
28. Higher Ground
30. Power Co.
31. LOL (Live Out Loud)
33. Kingdom Citizens
34. New Creations
35. Soul Fire
36. The Road
37. YM Collective
38. F3 (“F Squared”—Faith, Fellowship, Fun)
40. Teens for Truth
41. Mountain Movers
43. The Odyssey
Once you and your group members select the perfect name, be sure to publicize the pick in all your church and youth communications. Ask a creative teen (or a team of them) to design a logo. Then include it on all youth-related materials and print it on T-shirts for group members and volunteers. For even greater exposure, check out these youth group banners that are perfect for announcing new youth group names.
The list of possible youth group names goes on and on, so don’t feel limited by the options shared here. What other catchy, teen-friendly, Bible-based youth group names have you heard about or used? Please share your creative “name game” ideas in the comments below.