Things Youth Pastors Should Stop Wasting Their Time On: Naming Youth Ministries

My high school youth ministry is called FLY, which stands for Faith Lutheran Youth. It's a name I inherited and truthfully, it's not one I love... Especially since I'm surrounded by much cooler sounding youth ministries:

The Edge.




The Zone.


I'll admit it: Sometimes, I suffer from youth group name envy.

As a result, I've often considered changing the name of my youth ministry, something lots of youth workers do after starting a position at a new church in order to better reflect who they are, what their ministry's purpose is, and give teens a cool name they can utter in school without embarrassment.

I've even gone so far as to brainstorm new youth ministry names. I've spent hours coming up with creative, catchy, meaningful names that cleverly relate to Scripture.

Once, early on in my ministry at my church, I even went so far as to present these awesome names to my student leaders.

They looked at me like I was nuts.

“Why would we want to change the name of FLY?” they questioned in unison.

“Because it's an awful acronym,” I thought to myself.

Instead, I said, “Wouldn't it be great to have a cooler name? Wouldn't it be awesome if our name had meaning? Wouldn't it be great if our name was better known? Don't you want to be able to talk about our youth ministry with your friends?”

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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