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9 03, 2023

CE-DR 2023: Day 2

By |2023-03-10T10:52:34-05:00March 9th, 2023|DR 2023|2 Comments

7:04 pm local time: After getting through security with some minor delays, we took off on time and have now landed in Punta Cana. 8:09 pm: We have all our bags and are on the Lighthouse bus. Plus pizza as we travel! 11:09 pm We arrived safely at the Lighthouse compound. It's been quite the travel day. With some great food waiting for us, the Dominican hospitality

9 03, 2023

CE-DR 2023: Day 1

By |2023-03-09T08:42:54-05:00March 9th, 2023|DR 2023|0 Comments

This is the first time our entire team was able to gather together as we prepare for this Compassion Experience. After some heartfelt good-byes with parents, we centred on why we're in this, had a Spanish primer lesson led by Karla Campbell and began working through the logistics of our final preparations (including shuttling between our office and our hotel).

6 03, 2023

CE-DR 2023: before departure

By |2023-03-06T00:05:40-05:00March 6th, 2023|DR 2023|0 Comments

We are excited to be sending a team of 15 students and leaders from Kingsway Baptist Church and Mimico Baptist Church on this compassion experience to the Dominican Republic on March 9-16. They will be joining the Lighthouse Project which CBOQ Youth has supported for 20+ years. Starting on March 9, we'll have a daily update from our team so you can see what God is doing through our team.

5 03, 2023

Today’s Teens Conference 2023 – recap

By |2023-03-06T00:04:19-05:00March 5th, 2023|event recap|0 Comments

On February 25, over 750 youth leaders and student leaders converged at Bayview Glen Church for the first time in-person in 3 years. Essentially 2 simultaneous conferences happening, it was a time of deep learning, inspiration and conviction. Also, a special announcement on this 40th anniversary was the hosting transfer from Youth Unlimited to Youth Worker Conference. (You can see a glimpse of what the day was like in

14 02, 2023

Blizzard 2023 – recap

By |2023-02-14T12:37:08-05:00February 14th, 2023|event recap|0 Comments

This past weekend was our 23rd year of Blizzard, the first in-person since 2020. Lisa Pak drew us into the stories of Joseph, Daniel and Esther. Life Support drew us into God's presence through worship. A key focus this weekend was the concept of journey: with God, with friends and with trusted mentors. The intersection of our lives with one another centralizes in Christ and connects with various people

23 01, 2023

Avalanche 2023 – recap

By |2023-01-23T11:08:11-05:00January 23rd, 2023|event recap|0 Comments

Last weekend, almost 400 jr. highs, leaders and staff set out on a road trip to Muskoka Woods for our first in-person retreat since 2020. There was snow, food and so many memories made. We even had a travelling suitcase where our MCs, team captains and Karra emerged from to join our plenary sessions in the Hangar. We had several people comment, "It's good to be back together for

9 01, 2023

Introducing Alison Ryan

By |2023-01-09T10:38:31-05:00January 9th, 2023|announcement|0 Comments

We're happy to welcome Alison Ryan as an independent contractor assisting in administrative duties for NextGen youth ministry over the next 6 months. She is a wife, mother of two beautiful daughters and lover of Jesus. Apart from that, a professional singer and long-time worship leader at Rexdale Alliance Church. Welcome Alison to the CBOQ Youth team! You can reach her at

14 12, 2022

We Have What it Takes

By |2022-12-14T22:24:20-05:00December 14th, 2022|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

This article was originally published in the CBOQ Sunday 2022 magazine. What does it take to run a youth ministry? The simple answer is whatever is available at your church. Perhaps you might feel that your church doesn’t have the resources or personnel to run an effective youth ministry. Let’s define an effective youth ministry first. At its very core, the purpose of youth ministry is to pass the truths

9 12, 2022

Highlight – Listowel Baptist Church

By |2022-12-09T08:07:08-05:00December 9th, 2022|guest post, ym highlight|0 Comments

Submitted by Paige Byrne-Mamahit, former Director of Family and Children's Ministry Do a Little Jig! Even though the arrow fell only a few feet in front of him and many feet short of the target, our jr archer (about six years old) did a little jig and cheered for himself with his friend also cheering for him, with some back pats and fist bumps to follow. Their 1st attempts

5 12, 2022

Centre Court 2022 recap

By |2022-12-05T00:09:54-05:00December 5th, 2022|event recap|0 Comments

For the first time in three years, we hosted Centre Court, our outreach event through the Toronto Raptors. As "normal business" continues to evolve from the pandemic, many things changed as well in how Centre Court unfolded. When we finalized our plans with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), we had five weeks to promote and plan what now turned out to be a pre-game outreach event. In total

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