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7 Easy Ways to Renovate Your Church Youth Room

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Aside from replacing yourself as the youth minister, the easiest way to launch a brand new season is to do some new things in your primary space.

For some of you that’s a church youth room, for others it’s an entire building or a shared space.

It’s easy to dread renovations, but the truth is that you don’t need to do anything too crazy.

In fact, most of the time, the small things will make an even bigger difference than the large ones.

It’s time to get started.

7 Easy Ways to Renovate Your Church Youth Room

  1. Clean up your church youth room. It’s certainly not going to get cleaner during the course of the new semester, so start with things tidied up as much as you can.

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    Dynamic Teen Lounge at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church
  2. Replace the easy stuff. It’s simple and cheap to purchase new ping-pong paddles or a new volleyball. It’s also a good time to replace all of the old lightbulbs or to buy a new whiteboard if someone accidentally used permanent marker on the old one.

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    Make sure you have all your games ready for the youth!
  3. Put up some new pictures. You probably did some cool stuff this summer. Get those photographs on your wall. I’m as cheap as they come, but this is one place where it’s worth it for professional prints instead of running something through your ancient Xerox machine. These framed canvas prints are perfect!

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    9-piece framed canvas set from outreach.com
  4. Recruit some new couches. Through one email, we were able to score the donation of five couches. The couch that still smells like the 2007 JrHi overnighter? It’s time to break out the sledgehammer and move on.

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    Modular – Harmony Sectional (Extra Deep) from westelm.com
  5. Print new signs. Paper signs wear and tear. They get dirty. The colors fade, especially if they’re near a window. I love these 3′ x 3′ stickup removable vinyl banners. They make everything look new and professional. This one is really a no-brainer.

    Rustic Charm Youth Banner from Outreach.com
  6. It’s time for a new coat of paint. I don’t mean that you need to repaint the room. But if you have white or lightly-colored walls, you won’t believe how a clean coat of paint will make your room look shiny and new.
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  7. Inventory Bibles or other books. If you keep plenty of Bibles in your church youth room, make sure you’ve got plenty and that they’re not missing entire chapters of the book of Luke. If you have a youth library, decide if it’s time to make new purchases or replace any particularly worn books.

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    Wallniture Floating Bookshelves from Walmart.com

This is your chance to be an interior designer! What are you working on in your church youth room? 

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Aaron Helman is on a mission to help end the epidemic of youth worker burnout. He writes at Smarter Youth Ministry to help youth workers with their biggest frustrations—things like leading volunteers, managing money, and communicating effectively. He is also the youth minister at Firehouse Youth Ministries in South Bend, Indiana.