Yearly Archives: 2015

8 12, 2015

Pondering at Advent

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00December 8th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The excitement of the coming of Jesus can be surreal at times. I can’t imagine what the first Christmas was like, to experience the juxtaposition of a dingy stable where Jesus was born to the grand angelic choir that announced his birth. Luke 2:19 tells us that Mary “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Again, after Jesus’ visit to the temple at age 12, v51

26 11, 2015

Multi Sensory Experiences

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00November 26th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

We all experience the world through our senses. Some seem to make more sense than others. Physically, we have five senses that help us make sense of the world. Howard Gardner suggests we have at least eight (if not nine) multiple intelligences that help us process the information from those physical senses. Sometimes, in our Christian culture, we tend to focus on select ways in experiencing God. In many settings,

23 11, 2015

Grad Transitions

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00November 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

For a lot of grade 12 students, this month begins the turning of the page towards the next chapter in their lives. Many are submitting their applications for admission to colleges and universities. They’re anticipating their high school graduation  and whatever adventures they’ll be  stepping into in September. What can you as a faith community do to support them in this transition? Here are some suggestions.   A Grad Mentor

16 11, 2015

Partnering Together

By |2015-11-16T08:23:24-05:00November 16th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

In our Baptist tradition, we believe that each local church can discern the voice of God and where he is leading them. At the same time, we recognize that we can’t do everything ourselves. In youth ministry, there are moments when it’s best to gather as a local tribe for teaching, fellowship, and to listen for God’s promptings specific to that tribe.. However, there are times when it’s necessary to

9 11, 2015

Remembering At All Times

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00November 9th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Remembering. It’s a discipline God calls his people to. It’s not just the recalling of information, it’s the moments we step back and contemplate the wondrous works God has done. Multiple times in Scripture, we see God establishing some kind of memorial for his people to look back on and remember what God has done. God’s commandments through Moses (Deut. 6:6-9) Joshua at Mount Ebal (Joshua 8:30) Passover (Exodus 12:14)

2 11, 2015

Best Practices: Intergenerational Interactions

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00November 2nd, 2015|best practices|0 Comments

One of the leading trends in youth and family ministries is the notion of intergenerational experiences, which happen when the church encourages ministry, service and worship between generations. Research has demonstrated that these kinds of interactions strengthen faith formation for children and youth. Young people learn from trusted adults. In many ways, the Sharing Life concept is an underlying current for intergenerational friendships, which we invite you to consider in

26 10, 2015

Best Practices: Leadership Development

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00October 26th, 2015|best practices|0 Comments

Developing leaders is crucial in the progression of the church. Leaders at various levels--children’s ministry leaders, student leaders, adult leaders--provide a foundation for the church as a whole. Investing in leaders is one of the best way to strengthen the church. These are some best practices to consider for both student leaders and adult leaders. Student Leaders Building leaders, especially student leaders, takes time and patience. Some students progress faster

19 10, 2015

Best Practices: Community Impact

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00October 19th, 2015|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

The person and message of God isn’t meant just for the body of believers; His grace, mercy and justice is meant to transform all of creation, including the communities surrounding a local church. What good is it to hide the light of Christ where no one else can see? At last spring’s Youth Pastors Summit, our group of youth pastors focused on how we can impact our communities through youth

13 10, 2015

Youth Pastor Retreat 2015 – review

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00October 13th, 2015|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Last week, 20 youth workers gathered at Camp Kwasind for a time of fellowship, inspiration and challenge. We saw some familiar faces and welcomed some new ones. Dale Stairs (Director of the Crandall-Acadia Bachelor of Theology Partnership & Director of Community Practicum) challenged us to consider our own soul care, core elements that need to be incorporated in a youth ministry (like camping and mentoring), and ways to evaluate the

5 10, 2015

A Moment of Thanksgiving

By |2015-10-05T08:58:11-04:00October 5th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The Scriptures remind us to be grateful for all that God has blessed us with (whether or not we see them as blessings is another story). Psalm 136 reminds us that we can be thankful because God’s love endures forever. As we head towards Thanksgiving this weekend, perhaps you’d like to consider these items as part of your prayers of thanksgiving: God’s love, grace and justice for the family and

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