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I struggle with continuity in a youth season. I feel like I jump from one thing to another and am worried that these things won't stick long term. I have considered deciding on a theme but am afraid it will be too limiting. Has anyone else used a theme or not? What was it? And if you don't go the theme route why?


Hey Nicole, hope this question isn't out of your mind yet.  We have used annual themes and semi-annual themes. And for our leadership team, this really helps them tie the year together, and assist the group through an exploration journey of sorts.  

For example, this year our theme is "Going The Distance", based on 1 Cor 9:24. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."  And then we broke it down, paralleling the life of a Christian to a marathon runner.  Motivation, the prize, teammates, clothing, nutrition, warming up and chiseling, obstacles, perseverance, endurance, obsession, adrenaline rush, fatigue, finishing well.  Pictures, theme ideas, scripture passages, events, guest speakers - lots of things quickly find their place!  Having an overall theme opens the doors for creativity!  

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