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Ron deVries

About Me: 

I work for Classis Alberta North as the Youth Ministry Consultant and have done so since 2007. I also serve as a Faith Formation Coach for the Denomination. Monique, my wonderfully supportive wife and I have been married since 1985. We have 2 incredible children, Amanda and Shawn. Amanda married Matt and Shawn married Roxanne, so now we have and share 4 incredible children. We are also grandparents to the cutest puppy you will ever meet, Doozer.

Interests: 

Hockey, Baseball, Sailing, Music appreciation, unconventional Youth Ministry ideas

Newsletter or Periodical
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New Resource! CRCNA Youth Ministry Newsletter

On September 5th, Faith Formation Ministries sent out the first edition of the new CRCNA Youth Ministry newsletter! Find relevant content, resources, and stories from the trenches.

Youth Ministry
Blog
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Creative Youth Ministry Initiatives

Youth ministry often gives opportunities for our creative energies be used in many ways. . .From organizing a snowball fight at a Classis meeting to hockey games between church councils and youth to modifying curriculum.

Intergenerational MinistryYouth Ministry
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A Lesson in Hospitality From My Visit to First Zion Baptist Church

While on vacation in South Carolina, my wife and I worshiped at First Zion Baptist Church. And though it was immediately clear that we were visitors in a strange land, this little church with a big heart welcomed us. . . 

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Conference or Event
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Upcoming Youth Ministry and Intergenerational Conferences

Looking to attend a conference or educational event on youth and/or intergenerational ministry? Here's a list of what's coming up this fall and into 2017. Please add your favorites to the list! 

Intergenerational MinistryYouth Ministry
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Questions and a Wake Up Call

I think I want black and white answers to the questions that can plague me. But as I get older, as I do ministry and hear stories from God’s children around this world, I have a different perspective. 

Faith NurtureYouth Ministry
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Continuing the Mental Health Conversation

After the webinar about mental health and ministry, we came up with a group of resources that ministry leaders have found helpful in dealing with mental health issues in our churches.

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Webinar Recording
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A Conversation about Mental Health and Ministry

In this webinar, Brett Ullman shares his story and gives insight into where his help came from and how churches and leaders can provide support for those affected by mental health issues.

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Webinar Recording
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Sending Young Disciples Into the World and Loving the Ones Already There

This webinar provides guidelines to help congregations minister to high school students preparing for graduation and offer helpful tips on how to care for students once they are in college or at a university.

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Article
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Canadian Youth Ministry Project Making Headway

Check out this article to find updates on the Canadian Youth Ministry Project that was launched by Faith Formation Ministries. Exciting things are happening!

Youth Ministry
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Listening and Engaging in Faith Nurturing Moments

I tried to go about my business but phrases from their conversation made me think, “Ah, these are ministry people.” I wondered, are these guys listening to the students they hope to impact?

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