Paul Boice

About Me: 

I’ve been involved in youth ministry since, well, since I was in middle school.  Like most CRC/RCA kids, I was actively involved in middle and high school youth groups.  When I got to college (Calvin), I was involved in various ministries around campus. 

After I married my wife, Amy, we became volunteer youth leaders at our church. Amy and I were youth leaders for more than 15 years.  During that time, we also volunteered with Youth Unlimited and helped plan and run several conventions.  I was on the Youth Unlimited board for many years and just recently left the board.

I’m the Director of Communication for the Reformed Church in America.  Yeah, I’m RCA.  But if it makes anyone feel better, I’ve spend my life worshiping in both CRC and RCA churches.  My folks loved to start new churches and eagerly joined both CRC and RCA plants, so I learned to enjoy the reformed theology of both denominations.

Interests: 

I travel quite a bit in my job, so I love to spend time with my wife and two kids when I have free time.  My boys play baseball, so I spend plenty of time at their games as well.

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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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Breaking Down Silos

Silos go up when individual areas get caught up in their own goals and fail to work cross-functionally with others within the organization. It’s the responsibility of a youth leader to break down silos in a church.

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Get Your Youth Involved in VBS

If your church is running VBS later this summer, consider getting your entire youth group actively involved in the program. My experience is that this will bring a wonderful energy to the VBS, and it will have a long-lasting impact.

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A "Reformed" Fund Raising Idea

Faith Alive Christian Resources has come up with a creative idea that will share reformed resources within a congregation AND raise funds for the youth group. Youth groups will earn 40% profit on all books sold through this program. 

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  • Thanks for your input.  I certainly agree that fund raising often works best when various options are tried and each church then identifies what works best for their group and congregation. I am...

  • I love this idea John.  The question you raise at the end of your post should drive our process far more than the secular school year.

    (And thanks for the well-written, graceful response on...

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  • Wow, you completely misread my blog.  The critical point is that the individuals who are most open to the Gospel and the population that most urgently needs to hear it are between the ages of 4-18...

  • Thanks.  I have a church planter friend who has brought fasting into his congregation and they have been blessed in so many ways.  I've never led a fasting exercise, but I've participated in some...

  • Great response Jason.  I like it!

  • Thanks Rebecca.  I think you are right on point!

  • Great advice Albert.  Thanks for sending along these suggestions.  I think you are right on point.

  • Great post Albert!  I absolutely love your suggestion that youth development be part of the church's mission statement.  I wonder how many churches have done that?  Thanks for sharing.

  • What a cool story Rick. Thanks for sharing it. 

    I think the challenge is always going to be in finding the funding for a youth leader at a church plant and then finding a youth leader who...

  • Thanks John.  We too believe the Holy Spirit has led us to this relationship with a youth leader and the community. I can't wait to watch the Spirit continue to work in this relationship.

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