I just received an article from 'Youth Works' where they discuss youth group names and how they came to be. The authors of the article listed a number of youth groups in North America, their youth group name and how that name came to be. The one thing I noticed when reading the article is that they never referenced a Christian Reformed Church. So I thought we should start a discussion sharing our youth group names and why we chose it.
Let me begin…
When I was Youth Pastor at Cornerstone CRC in Chilliwack we named our entire youth ministry program 212 Ministries. A few years back a fellow youth worker and I attended a convention in Indiana where they shared a statistic that youth, on average across North America, are at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (30 being freezing and 212 boiling). They talked about youth being luke-warm for Jesus. 212 degrees Fahrenheit is the point of transformation where water turns to steam — it’s that crucial point of transformation. Needless to say, it was our desire for each of our youth to come to that place in their life where they are TRANSFORMED by and for Jesus Christ.
Hence the name: 212 Ministries.