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.
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...
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...
As a paid youth worker, what gold nugget of advice can you give to the volunteer in a volunteer-driven church to encourage them in ministry?
Most of our work as youth pastors is a challenging work made up of continuous interactions with youth, parents, pastors, council members and our own families. But for the next 15 minutes give yourself permission to let it all loose and just laugh—it's great soul 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.
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.
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.
Is the faith life of our young adults a mile wide and an inch deep? Why are so many young people leaving the church? This article "Young adults spirituality is 'wide, shallow, compelling': Pollster" in USA Today shares some interesting facts about young adults.
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.