Category Archives: Campaigner lessons

Young Life Club Talks and Campaigners for Fall 2014.

YLQC Cover Fall 2014

I know we are already in the start of the Young Life ministry year.  But better late than never, some would say.  So I wanted to share with you our Young Life area’s Club Talks & Campaigner Lessons for this fall.  If they are useful to you, we would love for you to have them.

My goal is to create great content that Young Life leaders can use to tell the amazing story of Jesus Christ to kids.  To me, in Young Life Club, there is nothing more important that we do to tell God’s amazing love story in a compelling way each week.  Creating these is one of the most important things I do each semester.  I hope they are helpful you you.

Outline for the semester:

  • Who is God?  Why did He create? –  Acts 17:24-28a & Genesis 5:1-2
  • The Temptation of Jesus – Luke 4:1-13
  •  Jesus Cleanses the Temple – Mark 11:15-19
  • Jesus Heals the Paralytic – Mark 2:1-12
  • Peter Falls Asleep (Need/Sin Talk) – Mark 14:32-41
  • Cross Talk  – Mark 15:21-32
  • Resurrection Talk – Mark 16:1-8
  • Rich Young Ruler (Appropriation Talk) – Mark 10:17-22
  • Parable of the Sower – Mark 4:1-9 & 13-20
  • Christmas Club Talk #1:
    • An Angel and Mary – Luke 1:26-38
    • An Angel and Joseph – Matthew 1:18-25
    • The Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-7
  • Christmas Club Talk #2:
    • The Shepherds and the Angels – Luke 2:8-20
    • The Visit of the Magi – Matthew 2:1-12
    • The Escape to Egypt – Matthew 2:13-16

Download links to the three types of files:

*Below are the download links for three different versions of the same file.  The PDF file can be opened and viewed anywhere.  The ePub version will work on all eReaders, except the Kindle.  Use the Kindle version for all Kindle readers.

Let me know if you have any trouble downloading any of the files.  I would love to know what you think!  Leave a comment.


Young Life Club talks and Campaigner lessons for Spring 2014.

Young Life Club Talk Master - Spring 2014 Cover

We are starting a brand new semester of Young Life ministry.  Do you feel prepared?  If you don’t, here is a free semester of Club talks and Campaigner lessons.  Over, 1,200 people downloaded our Club talks and Campaigner lessons from the fall.  We love sharing these free resources with you!

What is included in these docs:

  • 11 Club talks and Campaigner lessons – intro talk, person of Christ talks, Sin talk, Cross talk, Resurrection talk, Appropriation talk and Walking with Christ talks
  • Background on the passage
  • Setting the scene of the Scripture passage
  • How this relates to kids
  • Campaigner questions and Campaigner questions 2.0
  • Media you can use in your Club talk or Campaigner lesson

Below are the themes and Scripture references for these Club talks:

  • The Beginning – Genesis 1
  • The Boy Jesus at the Temple – Luke 2:41-52
  • Attempt to Stone Jesus – John 10:24-39
  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep – Luke 15:3-7
  • Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand – Matthew 14:13-21
  • A Man with a Withered Hand – Matthew 12:9-14
  • The Woman Caught in Adultery – John 7:53-8:11
  • Peace and Hope – Romans 5:6-11
  • Jesus and The Doubts of Thomas – John 20:24-29
  • Do not Worry – Matthew 6:25-34
  • Messengers of Jesus – Matthew 28:16-20

Download these Club talks & Campaigner lessons in four different formats:

* Use PDF files in Adobe Reader ONLY.  Do not use Preview on Mac.

We would love your feed back or how you will use these.  Let us know!


Young Life Club talks and Campaigner lessons for this semester.

A new semester of Young Life is upon us.  This means Clubs are starting and Campaigner groups are back together.  So, what is your plan for Club talks and Campaigner lessons this fall?

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What do they offer?

  • Complete Club Talks with three scripture versions (NIV, NCV & The Message) in each talk.
  • Each Club talk has – points you can make in your talk, background around the passage, setting the scene and how it relates to kids.
  • A great Campaigner lesson around each Club talk.  Each talk also offers Campaigner questions 2.0 – for a more advanced discussion.
  • Most talks offer a video clip that could be used.

Download different versions here:

  • Print PDF Version – This version is made to be printed out used.  It has QR Codes you can scan with links to the Club talk videos.
  • Interactive PDF Version – This version is a larger file with imbedded video for the Club talks.  It is best viewed on a computer in Adobe Reader.

Let me know if you need any help.


4 Digital Resources all Young Life leaders should have.

Our lives have been transformed by technology over the last few years.  With the launch of smart phone and tablets, the way in which we consume media and content has completely changed.  We have the ability to have digital resources at our finger tips.  Why not have some digital resources at your finger tips to be a better Young Life leader.

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As Young Life leaders, we are continually on the go with kids.  We pursue relationships with kids.  We get to have some amazing conversations with kids.  We need to have resources at our finger tips to help us do these things.  Here are a few.

Here are the digital resources we suggest:

  1. Growing Leaders Podcast – Tim Elmore is a gifted teacher looking at the millennial generation and how they are impacting our world.  They do a great podcast and have amazing materials you can use with staff, leaders and kids.  Download the episodes in your favorite podcast app.
  2. The book ‘Letters to a Young Life Leader‘ in a digital copy – Some moments as a Young Life leader can be difficult and challenging.  You will want to be motivated and inspired during these times.  Letters to a Young Life Leader does just that.  Having a digital copy, means you can read it anywhere.  With short and inspiring letters, it is a must have for all Young Life leaders.
  3. The book/resource ‘Lifting Up Jesus in Every Talk as We Proclaim His GospelTy Saltzgiver has a great book/booklet that will help you plan and execute great Young Life talks.  It can also help you in conversations with kids and leaders around amazing stories of Jesus in the Bible.  Get the digital copy and have it in your favorite book reading app.
  4. Campaigners Training Digital Resources – If you are leading Campaigners, you know that sometimes it does not go according to plan or you might need additional resources as a leader to excellent Campaigner ministry with kids.  There are some great Campaigner lessons on this web page.  Load up your smart phone or tablet with these PDF documents and you will be good to go.

What else is in your digital arsenal as a Young Life leader?  Leave a comment.


Campaigner Lesson on Hope and a changed Life.

We often look for hope in the wrong places in our lives.  Below is an Oprah clip from her show on hope.  Hopefully, this will create a great discussion with your high school or jr. high friends.

Download a copy of this Campaigner lesson, HERE.


Campaigner Questions before the video:

  • What inspires you in life?  When you get this inspiration, describe how you feel?
  • What do you put your hope in?  Why these things?
  • If you were going to rate the issues in your life right now (1 out 10, 10 being high and 1 being low), what would you rate yourself and why?
  • What is the main thing you want to change in your life?  Why do you want to change it?

Watch the Video Above

Read the following Scripture Passages.

Titus 3:7-9 – Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

Psalm 139:13-15 – New International Version (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Hebrews 11 – Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

11 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Campaigner Questions after the video:

  • Describe how you feel after seeing this video?
  • If you are looking for hope, where do you need to turn?  Why turn there?
  • What do you want to change in your life?  What steps are your going to take to change it?
  • Would you want to share this video with other people?  If so, why?

End with watching this at the end of your time together.


Video Interview with Todd Pinkston from Campaigners Training

If you are looking for great materials for Campaigners or great Campaigners Training you need to check out http://campaignerstraining.com.  It is a wealth of knowledge, training and materials to have amazing Campaigner discussions with your kids.

Make sure to follow Todd Pinkston on Twitter to get most up to date information about the Campaigners Training website.


Video Interview with Jon Houghton

In this Video Interview with Jon Houghton we talk about Twitter, Campaigners, Social Media and what it all means in Young Life ministry.  Jon is a Assistant Regional Director in Indiana and a person of great influence in the mission of Young Life.  Jon’s blog is – http://jonyl.com.  You can also follow Jon on Twitter.


Young Life Club Talks (first semester) – Year 3. Download here.

Our Young Life area is in the third year of a three year scripture strategy of having a different scripture passage for each week.  The idea is that we don’t use the same scripture passages all the time.  As Young Life leaders we often go back to our favorite scripture passages.  But, there are some great passages that you often over look if you are not careful.

You will find the first semester of our Club talks and Campaigner lessons.  We hope you find it useful.  We would love your feedback on these Club talks and Campaigner lessons.  Leave a comment.

Download Year 3 of Club Talks (first semester), here is three different versions:

Here are some other Club talk resources on YL Digital:


Three resources for writing amazing Young Life Club talks.

I am in the midst of writing our Club talks for the fall for our Young Life area.  It is always an overwhelming and inspiring time.  It is a prayerful time of thinking about the kids that will hearing these talks.  But, I get to see how God creates and transforms His word in my heart.

As a staff team we outline the talks then add in four elements to each club talk

  1. Where kids are at in relationship with the scripture?
  2. Campaigner Questions
  3. Thoughts on the passage (exegesis)
  4. Media to use in your talk

When it comes to the scripture versions to use in our Club talks and Campaigners lessons, we have landed on NIV (updated version) and The Message.  We are going with the updated NIV version, because the Bibles kids are getting at camp this summer are NIV.  In previous years when the camp Bibles were TNIV, we would use that version.  We use The Message (which I know may have some controversy for some of you), because it is the best paraphrase of the Bible out there.

So here are the resources I use when creating club talks for our Young Life area:

1. New Bible Commentary.  This is a great and low cost bible commentary that goes in depth, but not over your head.  The language is easy to understand.

2. Glo Bible software.  I love this software.  You can download it on your computer, iPad and iPhone.  There is a free version, but it is worth the $34.99 for the premium edition.  You can put it on up to 5 devices.  The interactivity with this software is amazing.  With interactive maps, videos, etc; it makes the Bible come alive.

3. NIV Youth Quest Study Bible: The Question and Answer Bible.  I often get stuck with creating great Campaigner questions around my scripture passage.  This is a great place

What resources do you use to create excellent Young Life Club talks in your ministry?  Share your resources by leaving a comment.