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.
I currently serve with Youth Unlimited with 15+ years of youth ministry experience within the context of the local church. I started youth ministry programs in two churches, leading them as a volunteer. Spent the past 5 years serving full-time as Youth Pastor at Cornerstone CRC. Before Cornerstone CRC, I worked 11 years with the Bible League and 7 of those years as their Youth Ministries Director. In addition to my former employment and years as a church youth leader, I have experience networking with youth workers in the context of my local community and nationally with the Christian Reformed Church of Canada. I also serve as an advisor to the Youth Specialties Canadian Youth Workers Convention and led multiple intergenerational trips to places like Russia, Philippines, China, India, Nigeria, Zambia and Israel.
Personally, I am committed to following Christ wherever called, a devoted husband and father of three beautiful children and a man who is passionate about using my God-given gifts to help churches and their youth workers challenge youth to commit their lives to Jesus Christ.
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...
This article entitled "The Distraction Model of Youth Ministry" by Brian Kirk should give reason to question how you're doing youth ministry in your church and what the long term effect will be on your youth.
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...
I find myself asking the hard questions as I open the door to each room in my life — what needs to go into the garbage bag? What needs to be moved into another room and what room needs to be locked for good?
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?
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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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!
Thanks for your comment Ken. I agree, as a parent, we can not invest enough into our children. We also can not show enough appreciation for the youth workers who invest in their lives!posted on: Do You Care?
Hi, I agree with Ken - sorry for not responding earlier. These are tough questions that you are asking but I am sure many young adults across North America are asking the same questions - how far...posted on: Where's the Line?
Great suggestion Christine!posted on: SUGGESTIONS Please
OK John, you have me very curious - give us a little more details on the games you mentioned. Perhaps there is a youth group leader out there that would like to take the challege and introduce one...posted on: SUGGESTIONS Please
You're right, this is nothing new and that was addressed. But what is NEW is that it's being talked about openly at a much broader level within the denomination. Churches, Classis and Synod are...posted on: Classis Takes Step in Right Direction
This website does not have any job descriptions available to view but feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you some that way as well as interview questions etc. Hope...posted on: Love On...
You are correct in saying that when you turn your children over to youth groups with leaders you expect them to take some responsibility. I could not agree more but.....
There seems to be a...posted on: Parenting the Parents
I would rather see today's youth memorize Bible passages instead of the Heidelberg. The Heidelberg is a great tool to help us understand the Scriptures from a Reformed perspective but if we are...posted on: Memorizing the Catechism...
When I was youth pastor at Cornerstone CRC in Chilliwack I was ordained as an Administrative Elder in the role of Youth Pastor. Thus I attending both the Administrative Elder meetings and the...
Well written. Thanks for your comments. Appreciated.posted on: Youth in the CRC