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What is Relational Youth Ministry?


Recently in our small group training my goal was to emphasize the culture of relational youth ministry we are trying to create in our church. I want to talk more about it this week here on the blog, but know it would be best if we agree on a definition first. Here’s my take:

Relational Youth Ministry is any step toward building a relationship with a student in your small group. It could be big, it could be small – either way, it is an effort toward truly living in community and sharing life together.

I want our ministry to be known for this! I want our students known, loved and cared for. It all takes time – but not as much as you might think. You went to a students’ water polo game? Amazing. You couldn’t make it to the game, but sent them a text asking if they won or not? Still incredible. You thought about them, or prayed for them while they played? I’ll take it! Leaders this week talked about simple ways they connected with students – from road trips to camp outs, from birthday parties to a “good luck on the SAT” text. All make a difference and build relationship.

Too often we default to the big ideas and instead should be happy with any and all steps. Some weeks they’ll be huge steps. Some weeks, small ones. Some weeks your students will go backwards. But as a small group leader, commit to relational youth ministry and build community with the students God has entrusted to you!

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HSM Summer Camp Music Video

Is it already time to talk about Summer Camp? Believe it or not … we’ve already started! Here’s a fun video from this past weekend in our high school ministry, a throwback music video to help get promotion for our biggest event of the year started!


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Youth Group Christmas Play

We’re trying something new this Christmas! Instead of us having a Christmas series like we always do in our youth group – we’re going to put on a brand spanking new Christmas play. I’m hoping it will help get a lot of students involved who normally spectate at services. We’ve even got a local school in the area, Orange County School for the Arts, that I’m hoping comes through big time for us. I’m also hoping we can reach a ton of new students who get invited by friends and reach into homes with the Gospel as well. Here’s to new ideas this winter! I’ll tell you more as we go, especially if it is a huge success or we fail spectacularly!


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A Very Colton and Travis Back to School Special Video

Here’s a fun back to school video featuring some incredible artists with a back to school special album. Epic fun for our Fall Kickoff weekend in HSM.


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First 2 Years: Set Design


One of my favorite parts of my job is helping put together the weekend services. There is something so incredible about being able to help set up an environment for students to come experience and express Christ. A huge part of that is putting together the stage design. I tag-team our stage with my teammate, Travis. When we started, we had no experience with stage design and had NO IDEA what we were doing. By the grace of God, we have been able to figure some things out and manage to pull off some things we are pretty excited about. Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way:

Always be thinking about repurposing. I think a huge struggle can be figuring out how to come up with new and fresh designs while staying within a budget. One of the best ways to do so is repurposing everything you can. Whenever you start coming up with the concept for your next stage, be thinking about pieces that you can reuse or repurpose later. For example, we bought a ton of those cool Edison lights to hang all over our room for our last series (picture below). But when we bought them, we knew we could use them for a variety of other things down the road. Just yesterday, we decided to use them to build signs for our next series!

Piece of My Mind Design

Know your resources. Don’t buy anything if you can borrow it! Travis and I keep a rough idea about what supplies other departments in the church have. We know that our college ministry has some really cool worship experience pieces, our junior high ministry has some really good photo booth supplies, and we know the date that our adult services change their set and give away their pieces. We recently put together a prayer experience pretty last minute, but we were able to make it look well thought out because we were able to use pieces that were just lying around the church (picture below. Cross was something we borrowed, the pallets we found by the dumpster, and the trashcan we had in a closet). Also, keep track of resources that your volunteers can offer. One of our volunteers owns a trophy shop with her husband and cuts us some huge deals whenever we need anything.

Worship Experience

You are capable of a lot more than you think. Building is not one of my gifts. Not even close. So if you’re like me, the idea of doing set design seems impossible. But you are much more capable than you give yourself credit for. Just take the right steps. Do your research and find out how things are done. Ask for help from your more handy friends, but don’t avoid set design just because you don’t know how to do it. The truth is, many of us don’t know how to do it—we just figure it out. Here is our next concept for a series called “GO.” Travis and I don’t really know how we are going to pull it off yet, but we are excited to make it work.

Go Concept

Here is a link to a website that we browse a lot for inspiration. It is full of pictures of other church’s set designs!

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Is It Really in the Bible? Youth Group Game


I’m pumped to point you toward a GREAT game that I’ve seen work multiple times and continues to get strong reviews. It is called, “Is it Really in the Bible” and you’ve got to play it with your students! You can check out Volume 1 and Volume 2 in the DYM Games category today!

Think you know your Bible? We’ll show you a quote, and you have to decide if it’s from the Word of God or not! Sound easy? Think again! We’ve selected some of the most contemporary, outlandish, and mystifying quotes you would swear (although let your yes be yes and your no be no) are in the Bible or that there is NO way they are!

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