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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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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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"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: 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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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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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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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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Top 2 Youth Websites of All Times

Hi everyone, I am on a hunt to find the top 2 websites for youth leaders . It should be informative, interactive and all-around fun to look at and page through. It could be a website for a church, music group, youth ministry, summer camp etc. Once a list has been compiled, the top two will be posted. Thanks for you website recommendations.
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Parents Involved in Youth Ministry

I just returned from a Youth Unlimited Youth Workers Retreat in Rockford, IL and one of the discussions focused around ‘Parental involvement in Youth Ministry’. It produced a very active discussion as most people around the table had varying view points on the subject. So, join in on the conversation!

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Youth Group Name

I just received an article from 'Youth Works' where they discuss youth group names and how they came to be. So I thought we should start a discussion sharing our youth group names and why we chose it. Let me begin…

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Burnout

If you have been in ministry for more than 24 months, in one church, what are you doing on a regular basis that keeps you motivated to continue in youth ministry? 

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Accessibility Audit

Is your church set up to be sensitive to the needs of those with disabilities? Do your youth understand what is it like to live with some form of disability? Check out this awesome activity that your youth can do during an evening.

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Youth Unlimited

Youth Unlimited is committed to seeing the local church youth ministry succeed in reaching youth with the dynamic power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why Youth Unlimited steps forward, offering a variety of resources, service opportunities, special events and leadership training.

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Youth Specialties

It's a no brainer - this needs to be a link on any youth ministry page. Enjoy exploring all that YS has to offer in the form of events, articles, resources and more.

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MinistryPower.com

This is a great resource for finding Bible-based PowerPoint games. On this website, you'll find over 100 powerpoint games for all ages, sermon slides and much more.

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