SuperStart Uses Legos, Video Games to Reach Young Students


Saying that nearly every preteen in the U.S. loves Legos and video games, Christ In Youth’s SuperStart program is utilizing both of those elements during its “Power Up” tour across the U.S. this spring. The weekend conference that’s designed specifically for students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be coming to Windermere, Florida Jan. 26-27 at Lifebridge Church.

“Power Up is a metaphor that has really connected to students,” said Drew Crisp, SuperStart director. “Just like in video games, you have power-ups – God’s word has so many power-ups for us. I think that’s something they’ve been able to grab a hold of and understand. And being able to see them with the Legos in their hands – you can see it really dial them in to the message. As they connect those Legos together we’re able to teach that through Jesus we are connected back to our father in Heaven, and it’s super cool to see it all connect in their minds.”

This year’s SuperStart tour includes the musical talents of musician Emeri Kornosky as well as a touring contemporary Christian band. Crisp, who is in his fourth tour with SuperStart, is also one of the main speakers on stage. But unlike many other conferences out there, SuperStart is intentionally designed to captivate the mind of an 11-to-13-year-old through interactive theatrics. Toward that end there are characters and a play that takes place over the course of the weekend, with members of the audience getting to participate along the way.

Seating is still available for this Florida event. For more information, please visit

SuperStart was developed 13 years ago by Christ In Youth. It consists of high-energy music, interactive drama and engaging teaching written specifically for preteens (fourth through sixth grades). SuperStart has annual events in 11 cities across the U.S. during the spring and fall. For 50 years, Christ In Youth has been providing events, missions experiences and resources that amplify Christ’s call on students’ lives in partnership with the local church. More than 85,000 students and leaders attend at least one of CIY’s 115 programs held throughout 20 countries each year.


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