Imagine the following scenario that brought you to seeking out the chosen youth group names. You woke up one morning with a calling. This was not just any calling. It was a message from higher up, with a call to leadership. Your faith is your own, but say that this calling brought you to a point of determination. You have decided that you will become the leader of an awesome youth group.
First of all, congratulations on reaching this moment! Leading isn’t for everyone. Leading a youth group presents an even greater challenge. But, let’s be honest, you don’t see a lot of big and successful youth groups without good youth group names. Be very careful about what choice you make. Your youth group name should remain at the forefront of these kids’ minds for years to come. It should be clever! It should also be catchy. And most importantly, 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.” You might be of tree planting variety or focused on outdoor activities. If so, this should at the top of your youth group names list.
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.” This is a great option if you are aiming for a cool vibe with music and fun activities galore.
GO is quite a 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. The name is short and to the point. It implies action and gives a motivational feel.
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 defense against and destruction of evil? 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.
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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. The name itself is subtle and doesn’t necessarily imply religion or even a youth group. It rolls of the tongue, and implies something unique and elite.
Similar to the “Three SixTeens”, this name is a play on Phillipians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” As one of the more well-known Bible verses, this will strike a chord among those both 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. It emanates a strong sense of community and existence.
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!’” Just like a tent itself, this youth group names implies inclusivity and welcome.
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. The Immovables screams out that nothing can break the faith of its members.
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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. As far as youth group names go, this offers a sense of support as well as the basic drive for safety.
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.” Just like our first idea for youth group names, Tree of Life offers a great match for outdoor activities. By contrast, its also a great name for an urban community where the desire to connect to spirituality through nature is strong.
This name also sounds similar to a popular band, All-Time Low. Children love catchy 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. It could also refer to omnipresence. The name gives off a good vibe of frontier adventurousness and scouts. It sends the message that your youth group members are brave and ready to tackle obstacles and face any challenge.
This name also comes from Isaiah 40, just a few spots down on 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. The eagle also represents strength through flight.
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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. This name offers a real sense of meaning to match the goals of your organization. For those who are still seeking a righteous path in life, finding purpose will drive them forward.
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. Pushing forward the values of brotherhood and sisterhood are critical to youth, and applying this to your youth group name sets the standard.
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. Part of faith is also being able to reflect on one’s mistakes and learn how to improve. Reflecting is critical to becoming a better individual as well as a better leader.
This verse refers to Lamentations 3:22-23, which states that the Lord’s compassions “never fail” and “are new every morning.” This name serves as great day-to-day motivation, especially when it comes to keeping the youth engaged! Compassion is key not only to keeping your members, but to gaining new members.
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.” We all have our own struggles in life. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to make it through and be our best selves one day at a time.
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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.” When it comes to catchy youth group names, this one literally commands respect as well as significance.
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). Happiness and positivity is critical when it comes to radiating warmth in youth groups and youth group names.
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.” It is critical to hold your ground when it comes to your faith, so applying this to youth group names sends a strong message.
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). On the same side of that coin is the power that spirituality and community faith adds to the fulfillment of our lives.
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). So too does leading a youth group, so for leaders and members alike, this name will serve as a positive reminder.
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).
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Youth groups act as the very life lessons they teach, written on the doorframes of their own buildings (Deuteronomy 11:20). The practice of writing biblical passages on the foundation of new buildings and structures is growing is making a resurgence. It could also reflect well in youth group names.
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. Unto Others sends a guiding message to your members as to how they ought to help their community and help each other.
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). This is an extra catchy name for a youth group that centers on sports or martial arts as team building exercises.
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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? Post your ideas below if you have other suggestions or have used any of the names found on this list.
Either way, you are ready to give your youth group—and the youth—something to stand for.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do at a youth group?
Youth groups have multiple purposes, some of the most prominent being helping out other fellow youngsters, praising the Lord, and organizing charities. Most importantly, it’s a way for the young ones in a church to get to socialize with people within their own age group. For developing children and teens, having a healthy social group is one of the key factors in their optimum growth.
How do you start a youth group?
There are multiple ways you could try starting a youth group, but we’ll go through the most common advice for starting one. Running any organization can be a daunting task; but this is doubly so when the organization you’re running is comprised of young-adults. Keep this in mind when taking into consideration the following:
Set your goals: it is necessary to know from the very start what you will want to do with the youth group. Do you want to organize as volunteers to help the local homeless food service? Or maybe you want to simply organize some get-together events so that the group will get to know each other better. Or, why not make it all about talent? Have them sing and praise the Lord as a band whenever they get the occasion.
Have a meeting place: Just in case your church doesn’t have its doors open numerous hours per day, it’s a good idea to rent a place where your group can meet up and do its thing. While many rental places have high prices, you can usually get a better offer if you tell the owner that space will be used for a youth group. Some landlords are devout Christians and thus might offer a great discount if you state your business sincerely from the start.