Tag Archives: youth ministry lesson planning

How to Prepare a Youth Group Lesson or Activity – Part 4:

Now You Can Gather, Organize, and Flow

How to Prepare Lesson Part 4 - One of the things about gardening is that it takes time to prepare the soil. In some ways, that’s what we’ve been doing in the last 3 posts. Now it’s time to put the seeds in. Okay. It’s not a perfect analogy, but you get my meaning.

I find that when I take time to set focus, purpose, and do good objectives, it is easier to get the material I’ll need and determine the activities and flow. That’s because I have already established a framework with clear parameters.

You’re at numbers 5, 6 and 7 in the template given in Part 1 of this series.

Gather and Organize Materials and Activities

Organize your content around your focus, purpose, and objectives. Look at each objective and figure out how to best achieve it what will help achieve it.

Now that you’ve done that, here are some questions to ask about materials you’ve found or ideas you have:

  • Doe this fit the focus?
  • Does this fit the purpose?
  • Does this help to achieve the objectives?

If the answer is “no” to any of those questions, eliminate it from the lesson. Use Springpad or some other application to store it.

Here are my examples for the self-image focus, based on the purpose and objectives that I shared in the posts 1 and 3.

4 Scripture passages that relate to God making us unique and/or God having a plan or provision for us because of how God values us:
Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 139:1-16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 6:25-34. This means we’ll need extra Bibles in case some of them forgot theirs.

An activity related to finding gifts. I’ll use one that I made that is shorter than the template I found because of time-frame of lesson + the focus is not on spiritual gifts.

A 5-minute presentation given either by me or use a video clip. Theme: celebrating our God-created uniqueness.

Questions on presentation and Scriptures for young people to discuss.

A brief period to journal about this and write the 4-sentence prayer. Could be longer. This means at a minimum youth need paper with pens/pencils. Construction paper would work, with markers and/or crayons.

Space for them to share this prayer.


Now it’s left for you to determine the flow. You’re at the 2nd part of #6 in the template. As you work on the flow, put a time to each piece. Add it together & see if you need to add or reduce in the light of your lesson/activity time.


Once the lesson is complete, you can look back at the objectives, match them with what happened during the lesson and figure out if they were met.

I’ve attached a lesson that shows how this all comes together. I’ve also attached a word doc. template that you can use for preparing your lesson/activity. Please feel free to use both.

Enjoy your lesson.

Discussion/Question: How have you been planning and flowing? How would the method given in this blog work for you?

Template for Preparing Lesson or Activity
Template for Preparing Lesson or Activity
Discovering Gifts Handout
Instructions For Activity Re Discovering Gifts1
Lesson on Self Image


Living fully. Living faithfully. Following Christ.

photo credit: bradleygee via photopin cc

Youth Group Lesson Plans – How to Prepare Them – Part 1

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” This was said by Benjamin Franklin and still holds true. I know that you do not want to fail at what God has entrusted to you. Hence, this focus on preparing youth group lesson plans. I’ve been guilty of going cold to lead a session… Continue Reading