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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.

Technology and your Young Life Club room.

One of the main questions I get is around Young Life Club and how to set it up with technology at YL Digital.  So, today is showing you our new step up for our area Club room and what you can do to simplify your tech set up in your Club room.  There are many different configurations that you can have, this is one of many.

When is comes to Young Life Club and technology, you want to limit the amount of resources and devices you are going to use.  The more you add to the technology in Club, the greater chance it won’t work when it needs to in Club.  The more apps or resource you have to use in Club, the more complicated you make it.

One of the biggest questions around Club rooms in 2013, is – Do you have an internet connection?  If you do, great.  If you don’t you will need do more planning than if you do.

Apps we use on our iPads for Young Life Club:

  • Spotify – We use Spotify to run music for all of our music for Club skits, games, mixers, minutes, leader skits, kid skits, etc.  One of the great things about using Spotify for Club playlists.  For our Club’s that don’t have an internet connection, they open Spotify on an internet connection before Club and download new playlists onto the iPad.  Then, at Club when they don’t have an internet connection they can play updated music.
  • Keynote – Keynote is Apple’s presentation software.  It is one powerful mobile software.  It is $9.99 on the Apple App Store.  One of the best features of Keynote is the presentation mode.
  • Dropbox – This is the best way to get information to all of our team leaders at the same time.  We use Dropbox for music slides, videos for Club talks and announcement slides.  Dropbox will give you a free account worth of 2 gigabytes for free.  If you are using Dropbox for things like Club talk videos, music slides, etc; the 2 gigabytes of free space should cover you.  You can also get a paid account, if 2 gigabytes is not enough for you.

Leave a comment with your suggestions around Young Life Club room tech set ups.  I would love to hear from you.

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?

2013-14 Club Talks Cover

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.

Should you compare Young Life camp Clubs with your local area Clubs?

Each summer I hear form leader, we should have our area Clubs like Clubs at summer Young Life camp.  You are fired up after an amazing week of Young Life camp and you want to change to make your Club better.  Thought there are many great aspects of the summer camp Club you can bring back to your local Club, be aware it won’t be the same.


The local Club and the summer camp Club are so different, I don’t think it is fair to compare the two.  There are elements in the summer camp Club, that if you tried to bring home, just won’t work.

Here is where I say you can’t compare the two:

  • A different atmosphere.  Kids will often show up early to Clubs back home, which is great.  But, they are not lining up an hour before Clubs starts like at Camp.  The whole week long atmosphere at camp is directed to amazing proclamation during the week in Club.
  • The environment.  One of the amazing things about Young Life Clubs at summer camp is that we take kids out of their environments back home (good or bad) so they can hear about Jesus.  Kids back home are coming into club with lots of things pulling for their attention.  With Clubs in our local areas, we are continually trying to get kids attention during the week.  It is not the same at summer camp.
  • The quality of the speaker.  We have amazing communicators that share at our summer camp Clubs.  Although, we strive for excellence in our local Young Life Club talks; it can be difficult to communicate in the same way as Club at camp.  The content might be the same, but the delivery will look different.
  • The quality of the program.  Gifted program directors spend months preparing for 5, 6 or 7 amazing Clubs at camp.  You get the best of the best program at a summer camp Club.  Many of skits and games you can recreate at home, but the execution and timing might not be the same.

Let me know what you think.  Leave a comment!

Going all in with Spotify for Young Life Club music this year.

Spotify is a music steaming service.  The thing that makes Spotify great is that you can find any track on the face of the planet.  It is a fee based service (if you choose) that lets you access any song.  You can create playlists, share your playlists and if you pay for a subscription you can download songs for offline listening.

I found that we were purchasing so many songs through iTunes each month for our Young Life area.  When evaluating the difference between purchasing iTunes content and subscribing to a fee based service (like Spotify), for me it was an easy decision.  I went with the premium user account for $9.99 a month, which will allow you to download songs for offline listening.  Many of our Clubs meet in locations where there is no internet.  This helps us to ensure great music each week at Club.  There is also an Unlimited plan for $4.99 per month that takes out adds, unlimited streaming and free radio on your mobile device.  Go with the premium, it is the best value.

Who is the base case for a Spotify user for Young Life Club?

1. If you are starting out.  If you are starting a new Young Life area or Club, Spotify will create an instant music collection for you.  You will have endless song choices without spending hundreds of dollars for music for Club.

2. If you don’t have a music strategy.  If find that many Young Life areas don’t have a strategy or guidelines for music that is played at Club each week.  We need to have a filtering system for music being played at Club each week.  Spotify might help give you that strategy.

3. You want to make sure the appropriate music is played at Club each week.  If you have been around Young Life for sometime, you have heard an inappropriate song being played at Club.  Many times it is the case of a leader or a kid playing a song at Club that should not be played.  We have made a rule in our area that the ONLY music that can be played at Club needs to be on one of our Young Life area iPads.

List of Spotify Club playlists:

Here are some Spotify Club playlists that we have created to share with you.  The ones by year, are the top songs of that specific year.  The ones with “Club” in their name, are current song playlists.  We added a couple bonuses at the bottom.


2011 – Part 1

2011 – Part 2




1980’s Club Lists

This year:

Club 1

Club 2

Club 3


YL Artist

Young Life Music Newsletter – This is from the Young Life National Music Newsletter playlist.

YL Club – This is from Carter Riner

Do you have other ways you use Spotify in your Young Life area?  Do you have a Club playlist on Spotify you would like to share?  Leave a comment!

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.