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Until Next Time...

It seems like yesterday that I received a call asking me to help in setting up the CRCNA Youth Ministry NETWORK page ... In some unique ways the NETWORK, guides and all the readers, have become like family. 

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Enough Is Enough

But this is our reality right now and the thought is ‘God, when is enough, enough?' Has that thought ever run through your mind when it comes to youth ministry? You have a group of kids that show up at school drunk and they get expelled. A mother tells you, just before you walk into church on a Sunday morning, that her daughter tried to commit suicide...

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It's about the Person - YOU!

In mid-December I received a call from Mags Storey and she introduced herself as a writer for the newspaper Christian Week. She wanted to do a write-up about the Soul Care Retreats. When I asked her why, she said they are unique in meeting the needs of youth workers across North America...

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Cleaning House

I find myself asking the hard questions as I open the door to each room in my life — what needs to go into the garbage bag?  What needs to be moved into another room and what room needs to be locked for good?

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A GIFT for our Network Friends

Youth Unlimited is offering its quarterly magazine to you, friends of the NETWORK, for FREE! Equip Magazine is intentional about equipping today's volunteer youth worker for ministry to today's youth.

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Do You Care?

Have you wondered if you’re in youth ministry for the ‘right’ reasons? How do you know if you really care for the youth you are ministering to? These are tough questions. These are questions that every youth worker, either paid or volunteer, should consider a few times a year. It’s not redundant but rather a reality check.  

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Spilled Salt: Name

Our friends, family and others who are close – deserve to be known by their names.  Our youth deserve to be known by their names because it is simply who they are. It lets them know that we are truly interested in them. It lets them know that we wanting to know who they really are.

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Spilled Salt: Righteous

I came out of the meeting with a strong sense that God is a God of Action, not a God of inaction. The Lord desires you to be moving forward in your life, and especially in your faith. He wants you to be doing something, to be bettering yourself for His purposes, so that your righteousness will surpass that of the Pharisees.

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Recruiting Volunteers Via the Internet

How do you get volunteers to serve in ministry along side you? Brian Bierenga, Youth Pastor at Brookside CRC, shares his approach by using the internet. He suggests three things: Use email, Use template, Track Smarter.This is a fantastic blog to equip you as a Youth Ministry Leader in recruiting volunteers.

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Spilled Salt: A Cup of Coffee

I am frequent user of caffeine. My caffeine flavour of choice is Tim Horton’s coffee, a large with two sugars. Because of this, I am in Tim Horton’s restaurants (if you can call them that …) a fair bit. The other day, I was buying some Tim Cards for some special people, and was working with the manager to get it all sorted out.

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Sidelines: Always Learning

As a "pastor family" there are several things that can set your family apart within the church congregation. Some of those things are obvious differences (like not being able to complain about the youth pastor's sermons!) and some are self-inflicted (like choosing not to get involved in things due to conflict of interest situations). But...

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Spilled Salt: Litter

It was a simple piece of paper, could have been a newspaper, or some sort of brochure – all the ink had been washed away, the paper fibres were barely hanging on to each other. And in the middle of the paper, a little purple flower had grown through.

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Synod Discussion on Adolescents

Elder David Stewart, Classis Columbia, said that young people need to have real roles in the church. “We have youth on every church committee,” said Stewart, who pastors the youth at Sunnyside [Wash.] CRC. “We’ve started to see a shift in the mentality. It’s becoming their church, as equals to the adults.”

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Spilled Salt : Ripple

The skies were grey, and the weatherman was calling for more of the liquid sunshine. There was a single puddle left over from the previous nights rain fall in the middle of the church parking lot. For some reason I stared at this puddle, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Then a single drop fell, and hit the puddle.

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"The Kids"

I have heard it said before that the order of our priorities should look a little like this: God, Family, Church, Career. I'm not sure what source that comes from, or whether or not it is even Biblical. It seems pretty obvious that God should come first, but is it possible to always put the family next? Especially when one's career involves carrying out God's ministry?

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Spilled Salt: Sunglasses

Paul writes in Ephesians about putting on the armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and about how we need to ‘take up’ the protective defensive and offensive gear that God has already made and provided for us – so that we might be able to stand true in the ‘evil day’ when it arises.

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Spilled Salt: How About Some Pepper?

All I can think about is if you sniff in a little bit of pepper - you sneeze. Pepper is used in conjunction with salt - well, most often. When I order a sub from Subway - I only get pepper on it - no salt. I just find that they put on too much salt and it ruins the sub. So I stick with the pepper.

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Spilled Salt: Still Reflections

Its 9:58 pm on Saturday night, the church is quiet – although filled with 17 youth and 4 adults, a little contrary to the level of noise the previous night delivered. This quietness is not because of the amount of work we did today, but because of one woman who listened to the voice of God.  Her name is Mother Hasting.  

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Spilled Salt: Still

When I think of the word still, I think of that time between gusts of wind, you know when there’s this big gust, a pause, then another big gust. It’s that pause between gusts that give me a sense of calmness. It’s almost like nature takes a time out from its busyness...

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Spilled Salt: Fail

Often times we are so afraid of failure. I guess what I’ve found out over time is that failure is almost a necessary step to success. When I worked in framing, I always said, “If you don’t bleed at least once during the day, you’re not working hard enough.” When I am skiing, I have said, “If you’re not falling, you’re not pushing yourself enough...

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Spilled Salt: Thoughts from Van Dop

The other day, while I was playing with my daughter, the news was on. There was a story of a couple in South Korea who had 3 month old daughter, who was born prematurely. This couple also had an internet addiction. Put the two together, and the end result was the death of their daughter – due to malnutrition and neglect, a terribly sad ending.

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Spilled Salt: Breathing

My daughter has a cold. My wife has a cold. I have a cold. In our house, we are all learning the valuable lesson of the importance of breathing. Through out the night, my daughter (almost 6 months old) coughs and coughs as she struggles to get the mucous out of her system so she can breathe as she needs. The bug is going around, I hope that you escape it.

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