Yearly Archives: 2015

28 09, 2015

Best Practices: Mentoring and Small Groups

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 28th, 2015|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

“Mentoring” and “intergenerational” have become big buzzwords within the Christian community in the last few years. Research and personal stories reveal a student’s faith is propelled by having a trusted adult (mentoring) and a close peer (small group) walk alongside him or her. It is vital to encourage and nurture these relationships. Here are seven ways to do that. (Some of these can have overlapping objectives and incorporate aspects of

23 09, 2015

Changing Influences (2 tracks in faith formation)

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from our book Faith Formation 2.0. Traditionally, churches have focused on ministry programs as the primary way of ministering to people. Typically, these ministry programs are geared towards age-specific audiences. It seems to work generally when children are younger. However, as research has shown, as people get older, these ministry programs seem less and less effective. The diagram above demonstrates that a church can still

23 09, 2015

Four Roles in a Youth’s Faith Formation

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from our book Faith Formation 2.0. There’s an old and wise saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is just as true in a child’s faith development. Ultimately, we recognize it is God who desires children to develop profound, life-changing faith in Jesus. No one person is responsible for the entire faith development of a child. After all, the Apostle Paul reminds

23 09, 2015

Sharing Life

By |2020-10-31T23:19:04-04:00September 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The following is an excerpt taken from our book Faith Formation 2.0. Mentoring has become the buzzword in the discipleship of children and youth. It’s the biblical model of discipleship that Jesus demonstrated and Paul with Timothy exemplified. That’s more than a buzzword! It has been shown to be one of the most effective and high-impact means for supporting students in their faith development, because mentors are able to

21 09, 2015

Best Practices: Biblical Understanding

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 21st, 2015|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

One key way we come to know God is through Scripture. We believe it is the inspired word of God, a primary channel through which he shares his love and his directives with humanity. We've also seen that biblical literacy is very low in the Canadian church (e.g. just 14% of Canadians read the Bible at least once a month in 2013, down from 28% in 1996). Building biblical understanding

14 09, 2015

Best Practices: Evangelism

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 14th, 2015|best practices|0 Comments

Last April, we invited several youth pastors to a summit to learn from one another and to provide us with feedback about our ministry direction. Part of our day included discussing a series of best practices in six different areas (evangelism, biblical understanding, mentoring/small groups, community impact, leadership development and intergenerational interactions). Over the next few weeks, we’ll release some of the best practice suggestions from the group (with further

2 09, 2015

Music brings us together in celebration

By |2015-09-02T19:10:01-04:00September 2nd, 2015|Music, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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24 08, 2015

Ticats Faith and Family: review

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00August 24th, 2015|event recap|0 Comments

On August 15, the Hamilton Ticats took on the BC Lions and trampled them. For over 300 attendees, that wasn't the highlight. After the game, many stayed to hear from five Ticats players, like Luke Tasker, as they shared their faith stories of how Jesus impacts them. Churches from around the Golden Horseshoe and even across the US border joined in this memorable event. Afterwards, children of all ages got

24 06, 2015

Play in Youth Ministry

By |2015-06-24T16:54:40-04:00June 24th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The other day, I (Alvin) read an article in New York Magazine called “Meet the Adults Who Love to Color”. The premise of the article was that many adults are re-exploring the art of colouring, and in some ways, re-living moments from their childhood. It got me thinking about youth ministry. Youth ministry can be characterized as chaotic, intensive, deep, social or impulsive. Some envision high-ropes courses, while others think

19 06, 2015

Thank You Volunteers!

By |2015-06-19T13:48:10-04:00June 19th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

This past year, we’ve had MANY people helping with our ministries. As we finish the ministry year, we’d like to recognize all our volunteers and staff (93 in total) for their contributions since September.   Aaron White Abraham Sen Adrian Karasmanis Alfred Yuen Alyssa Oliver Alyssa Sampson Amy Huang Andrew Rutledge Anna Maria Fruscione Ariel Hartwick Ashley Esposito Becky Nichols Braeden Clarke Brandon Manuel Breanna Oke Brenda Filyer Brennan Rabbets

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