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

Grand Rapids, MI: 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Youth Unlimited serving students, churches, and communities through mission experiences and events. 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 our first Convention event in 1920 and… Read More

Engaging Youth
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Engaging Youth

by Kevin VanderVeen As a youth pastor, I find myself praying for young people in the church often. I pray young people will discover the depth of God’s love for them and know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. I pray they will take joy in God as the greatest treasure of their life. I pray they will become increasingly aware of how God has uniquely gifted them to serve in his kingdom. I pray the young people in the church may experience a sense of urgency to use and develop their gifts for God’s glory. At Covenant, we are blessed with young people of all ages, and we’re… Read More

He Delights in Using Young People
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He Delights in Using Young People

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.” Joel 2:28-29 Sometimes we forget I’m not old enough to rent a van...or drive a rental van, for that matter. I started leading a youth group at the age of 19. Being just months older than a handful of my students was daunting at best, terrifying… Read More

Life Changing Serve
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Life Changing Serve

Three high school students from Ferry Memorial Reformed Church in Montague, MI attended Huron Serve in July of 2015. Sure, they enjoyed getting to know some new Canadian friends and trying poutine for the first time, but they also allowed Serve to change their life in larger ways. Many of the work projects at Huron Serve were in small rural communities. As one student, Seth, experienced working with people in rural poverty, he said, “Serve opened my eyes to see lots of people in need in areas you wouldn’t think there would be a need - in a small town”. A freshman, Cecilia, adds,… Read More

Trendy Teens (Part 2 of 2)
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Trendy Teens (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from last week's Trendy Teens (Part 1 of 2): Another key way to engage with students is to control our atmosphere! While none of us can always control every situation and decision our teens make, we can control the atmosphere in our homes and church youth groups, and atmosphere is everything! In Jim Burns book, Teen-ology he says; “While no home is perfect, and you will experience conflict with your teens – Here’s the deal: I don’t think we should solely blame our kids for the chaos in the home. Their “job” as teenagers is bound to cause some chaos and conflict.… Read More

Trendy Teens (Part 1 of 2)
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Trendy Teens (Part 1 of 2)

Looking back on the trendy fashion, music and entertainment from the 60’s and beyond, one common thread remains; it was the teens that were the “trend-setters.” If we look at the current trends in music, technology and entertainment, it is teens that are still influencing trends today. Therefore, as loving, caring, faith-filled adults, how should we respond to cultural trends from a Christian perspective? Let’s first look at how Jesus interacted with and responded to culture. I love the way Brian Housman describes the way Jesus interacted with the culture around him in his… Read More

Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 2
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Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 2

The following is an excerpt from the Youth Unlimited Fall Magazine. To read more, click here. Zan Ingalls Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. Having three children, ages 20, 18 and 15, keeps me relevant. I get to learn the lingo of the day. Also, working at a juvenile detention center with ages 13-19 gives me a definite inside scoop. I listen to their music and watch their shows and have open, candid dialogue with them. I intentionally ask them questions about why they do what they do, why they think like they think and what their motivation is. I have literally… Read More

Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 1
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Fall “Faces of Youth Unlimited” Part 1

The following is an excerpt from the Youth Unlimited Fall Magazine. To read more, click here. Brian Bierenga Q. What’s your favorite place to meet with students, and why? A. Starbucks – because the students enjoy it and I’m a sucker for earning those “stars”. Q. What do you do to stay relevant to youth? A. It’s all about relationship. While I appreciate the “heart” behind this question and understand that it’s a common question among youth workers, I find it a little strange. I have two kids of my own, ages 7 and 9, and I would find it strange it someone… Read More

Seven Changes that Affect Every Generation
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Seven Changes that Affect Every Generation

If you were born before 1980, I’m sure you’ve noticed an interesting trend: it seems that every generation of adults looks at the newest batch of kids and is sure they are the worst bunch of rebels our world has ever seen. Thousands of years ago, Socrates wrote of the misguided youth in Greece and was sure they were “good for nothing”. He actually wrote that kids in his day were: Lazy Disrespectful Lacking in responsibility Doesn’t that sound strangely familiar? I’ve noticed something else as I’ve studied today’s newest batch of students, the ones I call… Read More

How to Prepare Spiritually for a Mission Trip
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How to Prepare Spiritually for a Mission Trip

First things first: How do you prepare for a mission trip? I’m not talking about the logistics – the fundraising plans, coordinating the ubiquitous big white youth vans – I’m talking about how you, in the midst of all that, prepare your heart, your spirit, for the work God will be doing in your own life through this experience. And not only how to prepare your own heart and spirit, but also the hearts of your students as the mission trip looms closer. Now there’s lots of articles out there on the interwebs telling you the best way to prepare spiritually for mission trips.… Read More

Stepping Out of Student Ministry
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Stepping Out of Student Ministry

The following post was written by Ben Trueblood, Director of LifeWay Student Ministry Three years ago I stepped away from student ministry in a local church setting into my current position as the director of LifeWay Student Ministries. I had been a student pastor for 13 years and I was having the time of my life at an incredible church in Hampton, Virginia. It was one of those situations that you don’t just walk away from. Over the last couple of years many of my friends have also transitioned out of student ministry into other roles. Some are pastors, others church planters,… Read More

A Look Ahead to Live It 2015
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A Look Ahead to Live It 2015

Youth Unlimited is excited for Live It 2015 and the opportunity to engage with high school age students at their point of interests and passions once again so they can learn about their value in Christ while exploring how to use their talents to spread God’s love to their friends, community and world. Watch the video below for a look ahead to Live It 2015! [embed]http://vimeo.com/109918626[/embed] Read More