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Ideas for a Morning Devotional Group for Teens

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr, studioD

Many high schools have faith-based clubs led by teens, and one-third of high school students participate in club activities, according to a September 2006, report from the Barna Group, which is a research organization that studies faith and spirituality in American culture. Students can hold a morning devotional, although the school could require the students to meet before school, simply to meet legal requirements, according to The Center for Public Education.

Commercial Devotions

Many faith-based bookstores carry devotions for teens, such as “Can You Handle the Truth? 50 in-Your-Face Devotions for Teens” by Phil Chalmers or “The One Year Devos for Teens” by Susie Shellenberger. A commercially produced devotional could be less intimidating for some teens than a devotional the teen must personally prepare. Some teen Bibles also contain devotions teens could use in their morning faith group. Options include the “Teen Devotional Bible” by Zondervan Publishing or “Bible Bytes for Teens: A Study-Devotional for Logging In to God's Word” by Starburst Publishers. “The One Year Devos for Teens” and “365 Daily Devotionals for Teens” have devotions set up for a specific day, making it easy to choose which devotion to use for which day.

Original Devotions

Some teens could share an original devotion that on personal Bible study or they could share insights from Sunday’s sermon or from a church youth meeting. If there is a specific community or national issue important to the teens, such as showing support for a school that experienced school violence or the loss of a national leader, the teen could share her personal thoughts, and then lead the group in prayer for those the incident affected.

Scripture and Prayer

The teens could read a portion of the Bible, discuss insights and then close with prayer. A teen study Bible could provide supplemental material to accompany the day’s reading. Teens familiar with a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year concept could choose the reading set up for the day. Devotions based on this concept include “Your Daily Walk: 365 Daily Devotions to Read through the Bible in a Year” by Bruce Wilkinson or “Read Through the Bible in a Year” by John Kohlenberger.


Some devotional groups could add music to the worship, perhaps led by a teen on a guitar or a piano if the group has access to one. If the devotional time is short, a Scripture-based chorus such as “Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God” or “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God,” could give the students a faith-filled start to the day. If the group has a composer in the group, the group could use original songs as a part of the morning devotions.

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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