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Chap Clark at Brookside CRC in Grand Rapids

On Thursday, January 24 at 7pm, Brookside CRC (Grand Rapids, MI) will be hosting an evening of conversation with youth ministry expert Chap Clark. This is a great opportunity for youth workers and parents in West Michigan to hear one of the premier minds in youth ministry talk about how to help today's teens form lifelong faith. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. For more information, visit http://www.brooksidecrc.org/#/brookside/upcoming-events .
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Wearing the Words We Preach

I had a conversation with someone from our congregation which made me wonder how much I think I do as a youth pastor, and how little I tend to do voluntarily. That’s the paradox we find ourselves in as a youth pastor. Is all our work done for the right reasons?

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Youth Youth Leaders

In practice, I and other youth leaders that I work with, often do all the leading ourselves. It is less complicated, isn’t as messy, and takes less time. In the rush of our week, with work, family and other obligations, who has time to involve the youth in actually leading youth group on a Wednesday night. It is just easier to do it yourself.

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For the Convicts and Victims Alike

In a time when our society is devastated by the actions of a single broken human being, it’s good for all areas of a system to bind together and aim for reconciliation and consonance for the families of the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.

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Running Together With Our Forefathers

One of the things I fear this generation is leaving behind (and my generation alike) is the idea of traditions. If I'm starkly honest about myself, I'm personally not the biggest fan of traditions. But, I think I'm more frightened by the word than by the practice in an of itself.

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25% off ALL youth materials from Faith Alive

For those of you who are looking for quality Reformed materials for your youth ministry library, now is a good time to stock up on many of the great titles that Faith Alive Christian Resources offers. Whether you’re looking for resources on teaching the Heidelberg Catechism or preparing your teens for profession of faith, or you’re in need of a shorter Bible or topical study, Faith Alive is offering 25% off ALL youth materials through the end of the year. To check out our online catalog, visit http://www.faithaliveresources.org/TabCenter/Tab/2/Youth.aspx , where you’ll find a list of all the...
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From The Shadows

I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. I couldn't believe the island I had found myself on, and the lack of awareness for where I was spiritually. The well was dry, and the rains had come. Yet, someone had forgotten to remove the roof which was redirecting all the water. I had failed to communicate.

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My Best Friend's Nightmare

No class, no advice, and no mentor could have prepared us for what lay around the corner. There’s comes a point in all our lives where we become so comfortable with what is, that we can’t imagine alternatives from reality. And when that alternative reality strikes, it’s with a force of venom that rivals the strength of a Cobra.

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The Quiet Sorrow of Adolescence

The problem of bullying is not a topic that has surfaced over the past 3–5 years. But with the inclusion of social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Four Square, the subject matter has taken an entirely new angle, one that has many leaders, counselors, and parents scratching their heads, wondering where to even begin.

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Go To | A Quick Guide

Maybe it’s late Friday morn, and you find yourself disheveled. You have a group of parents coming tonight to join you, and you know that you must present your best impression. Your problem: time.

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Are You A Player?

I once read that “our youth will not raise their hands in praise to God, any higher than their leaders do”. We all know that the best way to lead in anything, is by being an example. This is how we need to lead our youth. We need to “be a player”.

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Youth Ministry Blog Topics

I'm currently in the process of becoming the new youth ministry guide for the youth ministry network. I'm very excited about this opportunity, but welcome involvement by others, and it's my belief involvement stems from investment, and what better way to invest than through suggestions! 

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Burning Out Before Burning Up (Part 2)

I’m convinced that burnout leads to a re-centering of the self. When we approach the cliff of wit's end, the very questions which root and define our ministry boil up: What am I doing this for? Why am I doing this? or most importantly — Who am I doing this for?

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The 60 Second Generation

There is pressure to keep students “engaged” long enough to teach them something, or equip them with some sort of practical application of faith for their livelihood. However, I’ve found that the material of Scripture isn’t something to be reduced, but is actually something which compliments an ever changing culture of entertainment. 

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Hands On Over Handout

I’ve only been in this industry for a mere three years. But those of us who work here can quickly understand how much will change in three years. In fact, I often share with people that the turn over of my high school program is four years: a statistic not often considered by those who aren’t encompassed in the work.

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Facing My Future as a Leader of Today

During the month of July, Calvin Seminary hosted a program called “Facing Your Future” (FYF). The program brought in thirty grade 11 and 12 students who are actively involved in their church. This year I was one of the lucky students selected for Facing Your Future.

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Why Ask Why?

I have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Her favorite question is “why?” When she first started doing this, it was endearing; however, at this point, I’ll admit, it can be more than a little annoying. And yet on another level, Sophie’s constant questioning is an important reminder about the necessity of repeatedly asking “why”.

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Just A Minute

I don’t know about you, but often in the busyness of life, I tell myself, I don’t have just a minute, I have too many things to do. Sometimes I am so preoccupied with what I want to do, that I do not notice the needs of my youth...

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Congregational Worship and its Effect on Youth Groups

Is it possible to have a growing, healthy, successful youth group in a congregation that has traditional worship? Does the worship style of the congregation matter? Does the worship style of the congregation enhance or inhibit a youth leader’s ability to do youth ministry?

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