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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.

February 20, 2010 0 0 comments
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Ok, so it sounds elementary to be adding this to the things that any new youth worker should be doing on a regular basis but I do believe that it’s one of those things, just like prayer, that gets pushed to the back burner of your daily schedule. I know for myself this is true. Bible reading and...

February 16, 2010 0 1 comments
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It’s February 12th 2010, a day that will surely be remembered by many people, for many different reasons. Today, the world is welcomed into Vancouver for the 21st Winter Olympics.  I must say, it is a wonderful feeling knowing that the world is focused on my back yard, and that I (with my wife) even get to attend one of these events (women’s aerial ski jumping @ cypress mtn).

February 16, 2010 0 0 comments
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“I really hate that after we graduate we have to leave youth ministry”. It is a comment that was shared by a graduating student in June 2008 at a youth ministry event. What the student meant was that she loved youth ministry and was sad that she would have to find other potentially less exciting...

February 12, 2010 0 0 comments
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Hello all! I'm a youth leader in Grand Rapids. I'm wondering what your opinions are on helping youth make a transition into adulthood. More specifically, how do we as youth leaders assist students as they mature in their spiritual lives. I guess the reason for my asking this is that, as youth...

February 10, 2010 0 3 comments
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There seems to be 3-models of doing youth ministry today:

1. Event focused
2. Relationally-based
3. Small Group

All three have value, each one is unique in its own right and each one has its pro’s and con’s. If you have a few moments, I would...

February 8, 2010 0 6 comments
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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.

February 8, 2010 0 0 comments
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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...

February 2, 2010 0 2 comments
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I spent last weekend with a group of high school students at a program called TEC --Teens Encountering Christ (if you're in West Michigan, check it out: westmichtec.org). One person in our discussion group is an agnostic, but was asking very good questions about faith. I recommended C.S. Lewis'...

January 29, 2010 0 6 comments
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Over the past number of weeks as I was considering what to add to this webpage that would be beneficial to you, the youth worker, I came across a list of 8 fun filled games that revolved around food. As I was reading through it I was impressed at the quality of these ‘food’ games and I came to the conclusion that they would be a lot fun with a group of youth.
As I was sharing this with my wife and looking over the games with the recent news of Haiti on the TV in the background, I was reminded of the pledge I made with myself over 15 years ago about using food for games.

January 29, 2010 0 0 comments
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Are you an Administrative Elder? Pastoral Elder? Do you fall under Evangelism or do you report to a Youth Ministry Team. Each church within the CRC denomination has a different approach on how a Youth Worker/Pastor/Director reports to his or her superior. Take a look at this insightful article from the Banner written by Dr. Syd Hielema as he shares his experience when he was a Youth Pastor at Newmarket CRC.

January 28, 2010 0 0 comments
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It may be surprising that finding responsible youth leaders is actually a really difficult thing. One of the greatest sources of frustration for youth ministry pastors and staff is having youth workers that don't follow through or shirk their responsibilities. Being an effective youth worker...

January 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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Over the past few weeks I have been privileged to attend some local networking meetings arranged by local youth workers. When I receive such a call I jump at the opportunity and attend with great anticipation of meeting youth workers who gather together for a common goal – youth ministry. It’s...

January 22, 2010 0 0 comments
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I don’t watch the news much, partly because it has got to be one of the most disheartening things to do with your time. I would much rather at 6pm watch the Simpsons, Friends, Seinfeld, or some other no-brainer-mindless-entertainment my male-brain so much enjoys. So I miss out on hearing some stuff. I heard about the earthquake in Haiti, I think because my wife saw something about it on the Internet and in passing just mentioned it to me. I didn’t think ...

January 22, 2010 0 0 comments
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The introduction to a MUST READ article and resource:

"As anyone who knows a teen or a tween can attest, media are among the most powerful forces in young people’s lives today. Eight- to eighteen-year-olds spend more time with media than in any other activity besides (maybe) sleeping—an...

January 22, 2010 0 0 comments
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So I'm on my own again. Me and the 3 kids. My husband is away for 2 nights for his job. I'm sure many of you can relate. Although I know everyone deals with things differently, I also know from a few interactions with other ministry spouses that there is a general feeling of "ugh" about this part of being married to a youth pastor. Whether it's a youth retreat, a mission trip, a summer campout, or even just 10 evenings straight of your spouse having meetings and youth nights...

January 22, 2010 0 0 comments
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Welcome to the Youth Ministry Forum. This network is new to us as well as to you. Our desire is to keep it up-to-date, informative and helpful to you, the youth worker.  We realize that you are in the trenches of youth ministry day-after-day therefore it is our goal to support you through this...
January 21, 2010 0 10 comments
Resource, Website

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.

January 20, 2010 0 0 comments
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For any youth pastor, whether you have been in the trenches for 30 years or just starting out, it is important to have an active prayer life. Prayer is crucial to the success of your servant ministry at your church. It acknowledges that you are dependent upon God to work through you to minister...

January 19, 2010 0 0 comments
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A researcher argues that the future of youth ministry will require bringing the generations together. This interview with Kara Powell is from Leadership Journal Summer 2009.

January 18, 2010 0 0 comments
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The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.

January 18, 2010 0 0 comments
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Technology and web development have always been a hobby for this youth pastor since his family got their first computer in 1993. Combine that with his passion for seeing teenagers grow in their relationship with Christ and over a decade of youth ministry experience, you have this site, Life In Student Ministry.

January 18, 2010 0 0 comments
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This is a fun new approach to studying the Heidelberg Catechism. This Bible Study is interactive, up-to-date and fun. Your youth will walk away knowing that Jesus Christ is their ONLY comfort! Have fun with it!

January 15, 2010 0 0 comments
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Upon moving to Ontario, Canada to begin my ministry with Youth Unlimited I was asked to join a book reading/discussion on J. Oswald Sanders' book Spiritual Leadership. I was a little hesitant at first since I find myself often critical of self help books but this one surprised me in many ways.

January 15, 2010 0 0 comments
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This is a great resource for the veteran youth pastor, the new guy/gal on the block, or a volunteer. Take a look, read it over, print it out and use the idea. They are tested and true! 

This ebook is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐ShareAlike License. You are...

January 12, 2010 0 0 comments

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