Forever One; SERVE 2020 Theme
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Forever One; SERVE 2020 Theme

 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5 (NIV)   The Bible is full of stories. These stories, or narratives, give us a glimpse into the nature and character of God, as well as God’s relationship to humanity, in a way that informs how we should live. They tell of people, places, and events from particular times and cultures and yet speak to each of us right where we are at today. The stories in the Bible are not standalone accounts of people, places, and events though; the Bible is one cohesive… Read More

5 Events to Raise More Money for Your Next Youth Mission Trip
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5 Events to Raise More Money for Your Next Youth Mission Trip

Convincing people to give you money isn't always easy – even if it's for a life-changing youth mission trip. You need to get creative to inspire your youth and make them excited about raising money for the trip. We've created a practical list for youth workers and pastors to help make your next Christian youth mission trip a financial success. 1. Text-to-Tithe Campaign A text-to-tithe campaign can be incredibly useful because people can give whenever or wherever they want. Your youth group is already well-versed in communicating via text message. You'll need to do some upfront work… Read More

5 Reflection Questions to Ask After Your Mission Trip
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5 Reflection Questions to Ask After Your Mission Trip

Coming home from a youth mission trip can be much like falling off a mountaintop and walking away very disoriented. You have experienced so much in such a short time that coming back to real-life can be a letdown. One way to prevent disorientation is to spend some time in reflection and share your experience with others. Below are a few questions to ask yourself and your trip companions as you try to process your experience and integrate what you learned into daily life. 1. What are the top three things I will miss from my mission experience? Mission trips often come with new friendships,… Read More

7 Ways to Empower and Encourage Youth Before a Youth Mission Trip
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7 Ways to Empower and Encourage Youth Before a Youth Mission Trip

Beyond the details of planning for a youth service trip is one of its most essential elements: building enthusiasm. A youth mission trip may be one of the most positive and memorable experiences a young adult encounters. We need the youthful gifts of passion and creativity to align the church in the mission of God. Here are seven ways to empower and encourage your youth as you partner with them on your short-term mission trip: 1. Make a list of the people (or the person) they most admire and their qualities. Once they have this list, urge them to strive to achieve the most essential… Read More

9 Benefits of Youth Mission Trips 
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9 Benefits of Youth Mission Trips 

Through our 100 years of ministry, we have learned a lot including the fact that our youth mission trips are a powerful way to remain active in church and grow in your faith. Through a faith-forming, short-term mission trip experience, you will serve God and learn about what it means to get involved in the community and be a good neighbor. The participants, community and the churches involved all benefit in ways that will continue to guide and shape their lives years later.  Here are nine benefits to expect after taking part in a short-term mission trip:  1. God will change you.  You’re… Read More

5 Ways to Pray for Your Upcoming Mission Trip
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5 Ways to Pray for Your Upcoming Mission Trip

Mission trips are often a life-changing experience. When planning to attend a mission trip there is more to the preparation than making sure your bag is packed with enough clean clothes for the week. You also want to prepare through prayer for all that you will experience. Here are 5 ways you can pray in preparation for your upcoming mission trip. 1. Pray for the relationships that will be formed and strengthened by this experience… “Lord, I pray that during this experience you would fill me with compassion, generosity, kindness and respect as I interact with the people I encounter.… Read More

Youth Worker Survey- Top 3 Report
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Youth Worker Survey- Top 3 Report

A few months ago we distributed a survey aimed at youth workers of all kinds hoping to get a feel for some of the current trends in Youth Ministry. We will be using this data to share some recommendations periodically. Today we thought we would start by just telling you about the most popular responses to a few of the questions. Top 3 Recommended Books "Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry" by Doug Fields "Sticky Faith" by Chap Clark and Kara E. Powell "Growing Young" by Brad Griffin, Jake Mulder, and Kara E. Powell   Top 3 Podcast Recommendations Youth Ministry… Read More

Youth Unlimited Celebrates 100 Years of Ministry
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Youth Unlimited Celebrates 100 Years of Ministry

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Youth Unlimited serving students, churches, and communities through mission experiences and events. Here's how God has used Youth Unlimited since its founding: Established in 1919 as the American Federation of Reformed Young Men’s Society, Youth Unlimited has evolved and grown into what it is today. “Youth Unlimited has a long and storied history of partnering with the local Church to deepen students’ faith and assist youth ministry workers in relevant and exciting ways,” says Rick Zomer, current Executive Director of Youth Unlimited. “From… Read More

How to Plan a Mission Trip
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How to Plan a Mission Trip

7 Things to Do When Planning a Mission Trip for Teens If you’re planning a mission trip for a youth group, it can seem overwhelming. Based on our experience, here are things to consider when planning a mission trip for youth: Check dates with parents early in the process. Even before October 1 of the year before the summer mission trip, begin asking parents if they have a family vacation planned or know of camps/activities in the summer you should plan around. Don’t just ask the students to ask their parents. Go to the parents directly. This gives you a good contact with… Read More

5 Most Impactful Youth Mission Trips
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5 Most Impactful Youth Mission Trips

Many youth pastors and leaders have had a number of mission trip experiences either as a student or as a leader, so who better to ask about which ones have been the most impactful? Mission Work in a "Big City" Youth Summer Camp Mission Trip to Alaska International Mission Trip Local Mission Trips Bonus: Words of Advice Mission Work in a “Big City” Cities across the country are often laden with individuals and families who struggle to make ends meet – many who don’t even have a home. Taking part in a mission trip in a large city can be a real eye-opener… Read More

The Sacrifice of Service
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The Sacrifice of Service

by Andrew Rennie, Lynden SERVE Host Team Member My second year on the Host Team of Lynden SERVE felt different from the first. The first year left me wishing I could have done more or been more involved. I was inspired by the work of the students, by witnessing their comradery and unity, and by watching our church come together and work purposefully to the glory of God. Still, it seemed to me that my part in this sacrifice of service was missing something. Reflecting on the old sacrificial system, I realize pleasing sacrifices are rarely spontaneous. The spotless lamb doesn't walk… Read More

Letting Go and Loving
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Letting Go and Loving

Written by Megan Schouten My church had gone on many SERVE trips over the years, one of which I was a student participant myself. I’d heard and been a part of so many great stories, but still, SERVE 2018 made me worry. This time, I would not just be a participant, but a leader. I was worried that being a stranger to the students in my SERVE small group would prevent me from being able to relate to them. As a youth group leader in church, I had lead small groups before, but I already knew those students. I was also worried about the students we would be taking with our own youth… Read More