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Spilled Salt: Living in Community

One of my favorite aspects about being a Christian is living in community, being constantly surrounded by people who support me as a whole person – not necessarily because of my position, but because I am a fellow believer (I hope that’s what it is anyways …), and vice versa.

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Spilled Salt: A Little About Me

In 2007, I was coming to the end of my bible college existence. I was coming close to putting almost 7 years of study behind me, and was going to receive that piece of paper that says I hold a degree. In my quest of searching for what was to come next, I came upon a little CRC church in a small town. Their youth pastor position had just become vacant...

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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: Flood

Perhaps now, we need another flood. Perhaps now, we need a Noah to build an ark. What I am referring to is perhaps a greater recognition, acceptance, and understanding of the Holy Spirit, for who He is and what He does.

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Sidelines: Turning the Frown Upside Down

So I'm on my own again. Me and the three kids. My husband, a youth pastor, is away for two nights for his job ... I'm going to share with you a few of the ones that help me through these times, and if you have some good ones to share, please post them and we can all help each other 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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"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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Sidelines: Who Are You?

How do I balance the busyness of being a youth pastor's wife, becoming a mother, and doing what I'm passionate about? I am slowly learning, and the following are three things I've figured out. I would love to hear further thoughts and suggestions if you have any.

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Sidelines: A Spouse's Perspective

At the end of a beautiful farewell evening at our church for my husband, who was the Youth Pastor, a woman came up to me and said "You worked just as hard as he did all these years, because you were the one who had to give him up every night and take care of your family on your own!" Her comment blessed me so much!

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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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New Youth Guide on Deck

Hi. My name is Paul Boice and I’m the new guide for the Youth Ministry Network. What makes me qualified to be the guide? Well, I used to be a youth and now I have two teenage sons...

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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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Does My Congregation Invest Enough in Youth?

If you’re asking this question, you probably know the answer. COULD your congregation ever invest enough in youth? I don’t think so. I know I’m preaching to the choir here. But having more money and investing in youth are not the same thing. Do you even know what you would do with more money? 

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The Feeling that I Belong in My Youth Group

We had a youth group that was comprised of mostly one high school. No matter how hard we tried to help those from other schools feel welcome, I don’t think they ever really felt they were part of the group.  Of all the challenges I experienced as a youth leader, realizing that some youth did not feel as if they were a part of the group frustrated me the most. 

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Can Ecumenism Spill Over into Youth Ministry?

In all of my years of youth ministry, I rarely brought our youth groups into interaction with those outside the Reformed tradition. Honestly, many of the parents of our youth members were probably glad I didn’t. I’ve been blessed by my relationships and work with a variety of Christians. So why haven’t I brought that same blessing to our youth group?

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Youth Leader Time Management

I don’t think any ministry jobs can be molded into 40-hour a week, five-day schedules. I know that youth ministry positions certainly can’t fit that corporate model. I think that causes friction in some churches where parishioners believe that they should find a youth pastor in the office when they visit church. 

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Is it Important for Youth to Attend Church with Their Parents?

At one of my previous churches where I was a youth pastor, the lead pastor did not want us to pull students out of church for our own youth service.  I now attend a church that has a church plant right on the same campus and some students prefer to go to this service, rather than the regular church service.  We are getting pushback from parents 

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