One fateful morning, you woke up and decided that you would become the leader of an awesome youth group. Fast-forward to the morning you woke up and didn’t know what to name it, which brings us to this article. This name could remain on the tongues of the youth for years to come. It should be clever! And it should reflect your mission statement. Let’s take a look at 41 examples of such names:
Plants & Pillars
This is based on the Bible verse Psalm 144:12, which reads, “Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace.”
This play on words references John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
A quite simple name with an appearance in virtually every book in the Bible. The most common command, usually issued by Jesus Christ. For this example, we’ll use its appearance in Mark 10:52 (“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”). The context in Jesus healing a blind man is a testament to the power of faith and how much a belief can impact your life.
Shield of Faith
This name alone would have no trouble appealing to an audience of young video gamers. It is taken from Ephesians 6:16, which urges readers to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”. Shield of Faith? Flaming arrows? The evil one? Sounds like a great time.
“By faith” is a common phrase in Hebrews 11: 1-39. It opens up many of the verses, telling the reader about certain people and how they accomplished things through faith. This would serve as a great motivator for the youth.
This stands for Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, three friends of Job mentioned in Job 2:11. They all agreed to meet up and comfort Job when they heard about “all the troubles that had come upon him”. A strong friendship and bond is depicted here, and those should be the basis of all youth groups, in and outside the meeting.
Similar to the “Three SixTeens”, this name is a play on Phillipians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” One of the more well-known Bible verses will strike a chord among those familiar and unfamiliar with the faith.
This name, which sounds similar to rock band Evanescence, is taken from Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” This name would also suggest (and, of course, guarantee) that the youth group will display similar support for the community’s children.
This has the potential to be quite the memorable name. Kids would jump in excitement to head to this “Righteous Tent” based on Psalm 118:15: “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: ‘The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!’”
This grounded name is a reference to 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. […]” This name could also suggest that the youth will build strength in a faith, or at least the foundation for a capacity.
Such an inviting name can be found in Job 11:18: “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” The youth of the community can feel at rest from the troubles of the world while putting one foot through the door to a life of spirituality.
Tree of Life
Let your youth group stand as tall as a tree and offer sound advice taken from Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
This name also sounds similar to a popular band, All-Time Low. Children love their references to pop culture! This is a reference to the verse Proverbs 17:17 (A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity) and promotes and encourages strong bonds and friendships with the group and each other.
Ends of the Earth
This name can be found in Isaiah 40:28 ([…] The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth), and states that God has created, and therefore knows, everything to its extent. It could also refer to omnipresence.
This name also comes from Isaiah 40. It is verse 31: “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary […]” An eagle generally symbolizes freedom, and a youth group generally offers a freedom to learn more about the faith, so it would be a fitting name.
This is based on Romans 8:28 ([…]God works for the good of those who […] have been called according to his purpose). Is there a purpose your youth group has for the youth? Absolutely.
From Romans 8:38-39, which states that nothing in all existence is able to separate you from the love of God. Any youth group would do well to stress a point like this, and having it in the name is a smart way to go.
This refers to 1 Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. […]” There are some who join youth groups knowing parts of the faith, possessing the intent to learn more or gain clarification.
This verse refers to Lamentations 3:22-23, which states that the Lord’s compassions “never fail” and “are new every morning”. Serves as great day-to-day motivation, especially when it comes to keeping the youth engaged!
Day By Day
Another verse that deals with renewal, 2: Corinthians 4:16 states that “outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day”.
This name can also be seen as a play on the phrase “Route Love”, which sounds like a road youth groups like to travel down. From Ephesians 3:17, which states that we are all “rooted and established in love”.
Keepers of the Command
Children and teens can take this name home with them, almost as if it were a new job title or responsibility. Followers of 1 John 3:22 “keep His commands and do what pleases Him”.
This can also be read as a street name or simply as in a way of living. From Hebrews 10:20, which states that “a new and living way opened up for us through the curtain […]”.
Any type of struggle should be met with pure joy, as it builds character. (James 1:2-4)
First 2 Last
God’s righteousness is one “by faith from first to last,” and the righteous should live by this faith. (Romans 1:17)
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this is also based on 1 Corinthians 15:58, which deals with standing firm and being immovable during “your labor in the Lord”.
Good Thing Cling
Romans 12:9 says that we must “hate what is evil” and “cling to what is good”. When it comes to catchy names, you can’t go wrong with a good rhyme!
Love fulfills the law by doing no harm to a neighbor. (Romans 13:10)
This is based on the popular verse/saying “Love is patient, love is kind”. A youth group exercises patient love daily. (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Autumn Rains or Spring Rains is both beautiful and inviting, and it is based on the rewards that came with complete love of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 11:13-14)
Youth groups act as the very life lessons they teach, written on the doorframes of their own buildings. (Deuteronomy 11:20)
Seal of Love
The love of your youth group should be placed over the hearts of the youth, for “love is as strong as death”. (Song of Songs 8:6)
This name is based on the Golden Rule itself, which is based on the Bible verse Luke 6:31.
Children become who their friends are. May they choose the wise they might find in your youth group! (Proverbs 13:20)
Good people build up and strengthen good people, as iron does to iron. (Proverbs 27:17)
East From West
The Lord has “removed our transgressions from us” “as far as the east is from the west”. May your youth group do the same to the youth of your community! (Psalm 103:12)
Like a bloodline, sincere faith runs in the family. A love of God must be generational. (2 Timothy 1:5)
Youth groups should be blessed to have a “quiver” of children eager to learn more about the faith. They surely must be predestined to hit their mark. (Psalm 127:3-5)
The love and knowledge the Lord gives us will spring up like water within us and give us eternal live. So should the teachings your group offers. (John 4:14)
Covered By Love
We, as brothers and sisters, should care deeply for each other, because that love covers “a multitude of sins”. (1 Peter 4:8)
This name simply states that the Lord is strength, and this will represent your own youth groups strength in what you teach. (Psalm 18:1)
Did any of these catchy youth group names stand out to you? Perhaps you have an idea for an entirely new one? Either way, you are ready to give your youth group—and the youth—something to stand for. Happy teachings!
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