Episode 1: Numbers, Success and NextGen with David Boerema

Welcome to Church Chat, the show where we have the conversations about ministry you wish we were having. Today Josh and Emily are joined by David Boerema! They talk about how NextGen ministry has changed in the last 3 years, the best way to define success, navigating trauma with people, how the definition of hard has shifted, and more!

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David lives in Central Pennsylvania with his wife Shawna. He loves to be outdoors, travel and appreciates a cup of finely crafted coffee. David and Shawna serve as Directors for Apex Missions. For 20 years they have served in local church student ministry and are passionate about helping students take the next steps in their walk with Jesus. David also serves as the Director of NextGen Ministry for EFCA East.

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Discipleship Pathways for Kids

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When Youth Culture is a Foreign Culture

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Parents: The Wisest Among Us

By David Boerema

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Don’t Fail the Next Generation of Missionaries.

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How To Deal With Parents in Youth Ministry

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By David Boerema

It’s that time of year when many student ministry leaders are making critical decisions about how they will leverage summer trips and where they will take students. Endless flyers, mailings, emails and social media blasts try to grab our attention. It’s hard to make sense of it all and choose the right organizations to partner…

Do Numbers Matter? 8 Ways To Measure Success In Ministry.

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Let’s be honest… We don’t like to talk numbers.  We’re afraid that if we talk about the numbers, then the numbers are the only important thing when measuring the success of a ministry. If we focus on size, then the size of the ministry will determine its value or importance.  But we all know the…

Megachurches Aren’t Evil: 4 Things I Learned From A “Famous” Church.

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Juggling the rolls of EDA Next Gen Director and Apex Director allows me the opportunity to stay connected with youth pastors, high school and college students. I’m always curious to see what they are talking about and what holds their interest.  This summer I had the opportunity to visit a large church that is led…

Stop Losing Your Young People

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