By Center for Youth Ministry Training 5/28/19

We polled our CYMT alumni and coaches for some summer programming ideas—the little things that they do during the summer that don’t require fundraising or packing a suitcase.

Try a “Bible Do.”

Instead of a routine Bible study of sitting around asking each other questions, try a “Bible Do.” Focus on a verse or passage in the Bible and then go out and do an action that revolves around that verse or passage. Some ideas might include:

-Prayer walks in local neighborhoods

-Share prayer requests by laying in the grass and looking up at the sky

-Have students bring in an object/cheap gift that represents themselves to give away like a white elephant gift exchange

-Ask people for prayer requests at Sonic

-Randomly paying for someone’s meal at a restaurant

-Sing praise songs and shouting out praises to God at local parks

-Dance party

-Writing encouragement letters

-Seeking God in solitude

-Washing feet

-Visiting homebound church members

-Going to church members’ houses and praying for them

-And most of all letting students come up with ideas they want to “DO” inspired by scripture.

Meet Ups

During the summer, encourage youth to meet you and your staff at places you want to go anyway! Post on social media and send out text messages inviting youth to do something like meet for lunch, at the movies, to go bowling, or at the park to hang out. You may have had it planned in advance, but when it seems spontaneous to your youth, you definitely see a better turn out! It’s a great way to hang out with your youth and build relationships in the summer with little advance prep work. Also think about going to free concerts at the local park, meeting at Sonic for half price slushies, or eating at Taco Bell for “Taco Tuesdays.”

Here are a few things that you might consider doing with your own group. Do you have other ideas? Share them below!


Peter Carlson4:04 pm

We continue our regular weekly Bible study / youth group time. However, we make it more relaxed. Rather than make the time 25% fun with 75% Bible study, we shift to 75% fun with 25% Bible study. We are fortunate to be located in the college area of Nashville. Our high school walks to a different coffee shop, park or place to eat each week to hang out and have a student-led devotional time while the middle school plays 2-3 new games we have never played before back at the church, followed by a devotional time. Short devotions make lesson prep easier on the teachers. This is great when we are already busy going to camps and mission trips. The extended fun time lets the students burn-off their built up energy from being at home most of the week and pay better attention to the lesson.

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