According to research from Fuller Youth Institute, American churches may lose 33,000,000 emerging adults by 2050. I'm convinced that we cannot look at the “numbers" and be satisfied until we get to know the “names.”
Come and See. . .Our World Belongs to God is a discipleship manual that has taken the Contemporary Testimony Our World Belongs to God and divided the 58 paragraphs into 25 chapters.
No matter when you begin your ministry season, it is always most excellent to use a few tried and true methods to help your church start off on the start note. What have you found vital to kicking off your season, whether in September or October?
When the youth pastor at Gateway CRC in Abbotsford left after 15 years of service, the congregation wasn’t sure what the best succession plan was. They invited Ron deVries, Faith Formation Ministries’ youth ministry catalyzer, to lead a discernment session for the congregation.
Is there a disparity in what we pay those who serve in youth ministry?
Without regular maintenance you might wear out. Teaching is hard work. You need to balance your effort and energy with adequate time for rest. God says, “Catch your breath! Take a break. Come apart and be with me a while.”
Looking for someone to lead your youth ministry? Check out Hiring a Youth Pastor or Director: What Churches and New Hires Should Know — a new resource by Faith Formation Ministries’ youth ministry catalyzer Ron deVries.
A few years ago, Syd Hielema and I had an idea that each classis would have a least one Youth Ministry Champion. This podcast looks at the many places of engagement churches, classis, and youth ministry leaders can have with these Champions.
A big part of a healthy youth ministry takes place within intergenerational moments. Within this month's newsletter, you will find a story and resources to help us see those moments come alive.
Looking for something new for youth group or catechism class? The Big Question is getting rave reviews! This informal four-session exploration of Q&A 1 is easy to lead and offers lots of activity options to choose from.
Rosewood CRC in Bellflower, CA, is hosting the "Renew18" week of service and worship for youth ages 14-21 from July 14-21, 2018. Learn more and consider joining us!
In a world where 20 second sound bytes are the norm, I find it refreshing when I receive a document which tells a short, relevant youth ministry story. Check out the March 2018 edition of the CRCNA Youth Ministry newsletter below!
This helpful brochure from Faith Formation Ministries explores how children and teens of different ages experience God and grow in faith. A great resource for pastors, youth workers, teachers, and parents.
Sometimes we resist cross pollination out of fear. Fear of losing our youth to another youth group. Fear of our children leaving the protective bubble. The problem, of course, is the bubble works against resilience and spiritual confidence.