7 Ways To Recycle That Youth Ministry Message

You just preached a message, you wipe your brow and say, “Whewww, that’s done.” But is it? Did you work that hard for that one message that would be done 20 minutes only to be left in a computer folder? It has more life than you think.

In an article by Andy Crestodina, called The Periodic Table of Content, and in his book Content Chemistry, Andy Share the things we create can have life in other formats.

We preach a message and say we’re done, but that message has about 10 other uses if you think about it.

  1. Take your points and create Instagram posts for your kids. You can make one post with all the points or a bunch of posts you can trickle out over the next few days.
  2. Take the message and  convert it into a devotional kids can use all week.
  3. Do a recap of the message, though video (like Instagram Live/Stories) and add some points you missed because you ran out of time, the Post Youth Report.
  4. Break down the message into discussion questions for parents to use with their families.
  5. Do a poll after the message to see which point or part of the message resonated with your students the most.
  6. Interview kids after the message to see what they received from the message. This can be done in video on Instagram or Snapchat or through an audio app or your phone’s audio message recorder.
  7. Take the slides you used and make a slide show of the major points and post it on your website or on your youth’s social platforms.

Look at that. I bet you never thought you could get that many uses out of one message, huh? These are my seven, but you may have even more. Feel free to leave your idea below.

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New Resource: Follow 5

This is a blog about discipleship, so it’s natural that I create curriculum, lessons, and retreats around the subject. Today I offer Follow 5. Follow 5 is really my manifesto on discipleship. It’s takes students past the “pray, read your bible, come to youth group, be a good kid” track that many youth workers have their kids on.

Follow 5 is based on five characteristics Jesus used to describe his disciples and, unless anything has changed, are still the standard for those who would follow after him today.

The material can be used as a retreat, as I used it, or as a five week teaching or even a camp. Here’s how I described it on Instagram

If you’re looking to lead your kids into the deep end of the pool, check out Follow 5. If YOU want to get into the deep end of the pool check out my new course called Discipleship Foundations which covers how to integrate these characteristics into your youth ministry DNA.

Got questions before you buy? Hit me up at thedproject@me.com

Turning Your Youth Room Into A Courtroom

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Just this week I did a video by the same title offering some ideas for talking about judging one another with our students. The video had come good inf but I thought I’d expand upon it even further. Here’s the video below.

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This kind of series or lesson has multiple applications. Here are six themes you could use:

Here Comes The Judge – God’s Judgement

Don’t Judge Me Bro- Judging One Another Righteously

Witness for the Prosecution – Are There Any Witnesses To Your Faith

Your Life On Trial – What Are We Guilty and Innocent Of  (You could also also use Our Youth Ministry On Trial)

Judges Gone Wild – Character study through the book of Judges


In the video I mention building a judges bench but here are a few more ideas:

Have a student or police officer in your church be the bailiff for the night

Have a jury box for jurors (who will judge us?)

Have a witness chair (swear kids in)

Have students take up the roles of prosecuting attorney and defense attorney (which could be Satan and Jesus respectively)


You can get all the props you need right HERE


Feel free to add your own ideas in the comment section.






Preaching The Green Lantern Oath

What? You do not know the Green Lantern Oath? For shame.

Say it along with me:

“In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight.Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!“

If you are going to use the oath in any of your up coming messages, by all that is holy, let’s get it right.

Here are some themes you could use using the the Green Lantern’s Oath

“In brightest day, in blackest night”  I Peter 3:15, 16, 2 Timothy 4:2

Let’s always be ready, no matter what the conditions, to share the good news

No evil shall escape my sight. Romans 12:9, Hebrews 5:14, 2 Timothy 2:22

We have to be wise, discerning what is good from what is evil.

Let those who worship evil’s might  Proverbs 14:22, Romans 2:8

If you choose to love and do what is evil, it is not going to work out for you.

Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!“  2 Corinthians 12:9,  Ephesians 1:19, I John 4:4

Obviously, evil doers will not fear OUR power, but the ONE who is in us is greater than he that is in the world.

Green Lantern was a simple movie and much maligned movie but I enjoyed it. If you’re a believer, you won’t be able to not see the spiritual parallels.

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