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8 03, 2018

CE-DR 2018: The pep talk

By | 2018-03-08T19:53:31+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Alvin Lau, DR 2018|0 Comments

In a few hours, our CE-DR 2018 team will depart for the Dominican Republic where they will join other churches under International Teams (ITeams) to serve the Lighthouse Project. We are grateful for the partnership with ITeams and Lighthouse, and the willingness of this 10-person team to serve and learn with the nationals there. Earlier this evening, I briefly shared four points with them: We call these "compassion experiences" because

24 02, 2018

CBOQ Sunday coming up March 4

By | 2018-02-22T22:51:34+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

This Sunday (March 4) is CBOQ Sunday. This year is special (at least for the Next Gen team) because the focus is the Next Generation. It's our hope that, for part of your Sunday service, you will focus on what we're doing as a family of churches with this upcoming generation. By now, you should have received the latest edition of The Canadian Baptist magazine. In it are several articles

16 02, 2018

Blizzard 2 2018 – review

By | 2018-02-16T10:07:07+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

We have now hosted 50 Avalanche/Blizzard retreats. Let's call this "The Golden Blizzard". With over 300 students and leaders at Muskoka Woods, many memories and spiritual steps were taken this past weekend. Derek Selinger led students through the understanding of hope, juxtaposing it against despair and understanding why Jesus is the greatest hope. Throughout the weekend, we heard numerous students seriously consider what this means in their lives. Some

5 02, 2018

Blizzard 1 2018 – review

By | 2018-02-05T01:08:48+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Blizzard 1 for 2018 was the 49th winter retreat CBOQ Youth has hosted. Our speaker, Matt Adams, brought illusions that blew the mind. (He even performed illusions and hung out with students through the weekend.) More importantly, he drew people to Jesus, sharing how Christ is the greatest hope. Life Support amped up students and leaders in worship, including their rendition (with a lot of crowd participation) of the

29 01, 2018

Young Adult Transition Research

By | 2018-01-29T00:07:55+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Back in 2011, the Hemorrhaging Faith study found that, for Christian youth adults, major life transitions were often transitions out of the church and faith. A major new study is being conducted looking at the transition of Christian young adults from high school to the next phase in life and how churches and ministries can help young adults maintain their connections to church and faith. The last data collection phase

22 01, 2018

Avalanche 2018 – review

By | 2018-01-22T13:25:46+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|event recap, Events|0 Comments

Almost 500 jr. high students and leaders converged on Muskoka Woods this past weekend for our 18th Avalanche retreat. While everything didn't always go according to plan, here were some key highlights: Our Friday night began with a "bang" (see the end of the video to the right). Students were challenged with key life questions like, "Do they want to pursue Jesus as their greatest hope?" and "How will

27 11, 2017

Leader Development Track

By | 2017-11-21T23:08:03+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Where are you headed? What do you need to get there? As youth leaders, we pour into others, but what are ways you allow God to pour into you? A few weeks ago, we suggested creating a learning track for your student leaders to help identify specific elements in building that person and who could provide those learning opportunities. It's no different for you as a leader. Below is a

20 11, 2017

Emergency Plan

By | 2017-11-16T16:17:08+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

In youth ministry, you never know where circumstances may lead. Having an emergency plan and a list of emergency contacts is vital to quickly and effectively handling unforeseen situations.    EMERGENCY PLAN  Unexpected interruptions happen. The key is knowing how to respond.  Where are the emergency exits? (Would students know where to exit the building?) If you're not sure, check with your church property rep (or equivalent).  Where's the evacuation meeting place?  In what situations would you

9 11, 2017

Youth Talks with creativity and the senses

By | 2017-11-09T10:10:08+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

It's been said that Generation Z's attention focus is 8 seconds (YouTube: "How to Communicate with Gen Z"). What does communication look like in a youth ministry setting, assuming you can't produce a high quality video every week? Here are some suggestions on how to enhance your youth ministry talks. Consider ways your message can be communicated through different multiple intelligences. While you may not be able to utilize all

30 10, 2017

Student Development Track

By | 2017-10-27T19:58:21+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

We want our students in our youth ministries to thrive both in their faith and in their lives for the glory of God. Do you know what areas to focus on? Do you know how they can best be trained?   Below is a suggested template for tracking those developmental elements in a student's life. You may have other elements to add as well (if so, leave those in the comment section). The key to this tool is for youth and youth leaders/mentors/parents to discuss what areas to develop

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