Youth Group Names

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Many youth groups don't have an original name but instead are named after the home church, such as First Baptist Youth Group. Instead of sticking with a traditional name, use this selection of creative names to help set your group apart.

Ideas for Names

Adopt one of these names for your youth group.

Popular Acronyms

  • LOL - Living Out Loud
  • BTW - By the Well
  • OMG - Obeying My God
  • HTH - Headed to Heaven
  • PROPS (Proper Respect) for God

Popular Slogans

  • The Real Thing
  • Christ Inside
  • I'm Lovin' Him
  • I'm Livin' It
  • Everywhere He Wants Us to Be
  • Think Spiritually

Greek Words as Names

  • Agape (love)
  • Logos (reason and judgment)
  • Atoma (indivisible or unbreakable)
  • Energeia (action)
  • Axios (worthy)
  • Alpha to Omega (beginning to end)
  • Kalon (beauty that's more than skin deep)
  • Meraki (soul, creativity, love; to put something of yourself to work)
  • Eunoia (beautiful thinking)
  • Aeonian (eternal, everlasting)
  • Elysian (divinely inspired)
  • Amaranthine (undying, immortal, eternally beautiful)

Biblical Hebrew Words as Names

  • Adon Olam (master of the world)
  • Am HaSefer (people of the book)
  • Amidah (prayer)
  • Bet Midrash (house of study)
  • Chevra (friends)
  • Kadosh (holy)
  • Koach (strength)

Names that Describe Your Group's Purpose

  • Radical
  • Fanatics
  • Seekers
  • Extreme
  • Active
  • Satisfied
  • Hoopla
  • Helpers
  • Finders
  • Liberators

Names Based on Bible Verses

  • Club 3:16 (based on John 3:16)
  • Psalm 23 Teens
  • Proverbs 31 Girls
  • With All Your Heart (based on Matthew 22:37)
  • Living Water Youth (based on John 7:38)

Other Names Ideas

  • Teens for Truth
  • Mountain Movers
  • Nu Creations
  • All for Jesus
  • Christ's Crusaders
  • Servants of Salvation
  • Good for God
  • Faith in Following
  • Faith Found

Ideas for Choosing Diplomatically

There are many ways to come up with a great youth group title. Inspiration can come from songs, passages of scripture, favorite verses, books, Christian humor or revisiting slogans and phrases from pop culture and turning them into a name for your group. The youth pastor or the pastoral staff may determine the name. Deciding the name can also involve a current youth group member. Use a creative activity to determine the final name of the group. Ideas include:

Vote

Tentative names may be listed on sheets of paper and church or youth members can anonymously vote for the name they like best or feel is most reflective of the group's mission. The name with the most vote wins.

Suggestion Box

A suggestion box can be placed in a prominent area, and interested people can suggest name ideas. The youth pastor can determine the most appropriate name out of the suggestion box or combine elements of various suggestions to come up with a unique name.

Host a Contest

Hosting a contest can be fun both for initial start up youth groups and current groups renaming. Outlines rules regarding what needs to be included, word limitations and other guidelines, then have youths enter name suggestions. The name with the most votes wins, and you can give a prize to the person who suggested the winning name. Prizes can range from items like fast food or restaurant certificates, amusement park tickets and concert tickets to a Christian music festival or teen-themed baskets with items such as Christian music CD's, teen devotionals and other fun items.

Use Your New Name

Once you come up with a name, use it in church bulletins, on the church website and in other church-related publications. Design a logo to accompany the name to set your youth group apart. Order T-shirts or create fliers to help all members of the youth group buy into the new group name and the group's mission.

Youth Group Names