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43 Youth Group Names That Will Add a Spark to Your Ministry

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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

4. Pathfinders

5. Crossroads

6. LIFT (Love In Fellowship & Truth)

7. Catalyst

8. Voyagers

9. Cornerstone

10. The Immovables (see 1 Corinthians 15:58)

11. Axios! (Greek for “worthy”)

12. The Summit

13. Youth Fusion

14. Frontline

15. Set Apart

16. Limitless

17. Truth Seekers

18. Free to Be

19. Flashpoint

20. Three SixTeens (see John 3:16)

21. Aftershock

22. Wellspring

23. Waves of Grace

24. Limitless

25. Encounter

26. Plugged In

27. Oasis

28. Higher Ground

29. Elevate

30. Power Co.

31. LOL (Live Out Loud)

32. Abide

33. Kingdom Citizens

34. New Creations

35. Soul Fire

36. The Road

37. YM Collective

38. F3 (“F Squared”—Faith, Fellowship, Fun)

39. J-Walkers

40. Teens for Truth

41. Mountain Movers

42. Altered

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.

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Stephanie Martin, a freelance journalist, has worked in Christian publishing for 28 years. She’s active at her church in Lakewood, Colorado, where she lives with her family.