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10 10, 2017

How to Register for Avalanche and Blizzard

By | 2017-10-10T11:03:50+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Looking to register for Avalanche and Blizzard? Here's a quick guide on how to register. (You can get the full registration package either at or PLACE YOUR RESERVATION Call 416-620-2946 to place your reservation with your "best guess” numbers. Leave your name, church name, phone number, email address, which retreat you're registering for (Avalanche, Blizzard 1, Blizzard 2) and group size (including all students and leaders) for each

2 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Exercise

By | 2017-09-29T17:27:08+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Can you believe September is already over and this weekend is Thanksgiving?! As we head into the first long weekend of this ministry season, we're reminded to give thanks. So what are you thankful for? John F Kennedy has been attributed with this quote: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.1 During this time,

25 09, 2017

Paying Attention to Transitions

By | 2017-09-22T08:18:01+00:00 September 25th, 2017|best practices, guest post|0 Comments

(Submitted by Blake Bentley, English Pastor at Pickering Community Baptist Church) I am a new pastor at my church and I’ve been here for two years now. When I came to my small church in Pickering, ON, there were almost no babies in the church, no nursery to speak of, no youth group, no Sunday School for high school youth and no leaders to look after these things. I came

18 09, 2017

Working with Corporations

By | 2017-09-14T23:21:54+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

CBOQ has an almost 20-year relationship with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in hosting our Centre Court outreach event with the Toronto Raptors. We are in high standing with MLSE, but it didn't happen over night. Here are some lessons we've learned.  Be professional. This may seem redundant, but I've seen some youth leaders who approach corporations as one of their buddies. Whether or not you know your contact, if you're working in a business environment, then

11 09, 2017

Imaginative Hope relaunched

By | 2017-09-11T08:09:08+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

At Assembly, we launched "Imaginative Hope", a concise collaborative message from 50 Canadian Baptist youth pastors to the 1000+ Canadian Baptist churches. The initial report has created a buzz amongst many churches and we are excited about what the next steps might be. To support those next steps, Imaginative Hope is relaunching its website ON WEDNESDAY. Not only will you access the video and the report, you can also glean

26 06, 2017

Reel Family Time 2017 – review

By | 2017-06-26T15:51:25+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world. -Walt Disney Movies have the ability to transport us to different time periods, different countries and even to the future. They fill us with a wide array of emotions, teach us valuable lessons and force us to ask questions about things we never once considered. Movie

19 06, 2017

Youth and Digital Communication

By | 2017-06-15T12:58:12+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Your typical student is likely digitally connected, whether it’s through texting, social media, gaming or other channels. Some youth ministries embrace all these channels. Others would rather restrict them and get back to “real relationships” So how do you engage these digitally connected youth? First of all, let’s remember that for Generation Z, digital connections are just as real as in-person ones. For many students, their identity encompasses both the

5 06, 2017

Transition 101 2017 – review

By | 2017-06-05T22:57:07+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Many high school graduates just sent in their letters of acceptance. Last Saturday, a number of them gathered to meet some soon-to-be-friends at Transition 101. This second annual event, co-hosted with Ambassadors for Christ, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Power 2 Change - Students and Navigators, helped set the trajectory for 60 soon-to-be-frosh (3x the number of grads we had last year). They had a chance to learn about their campuses with

30 05, 2017

National day of Prayer for Youth on June 11

By | 2017-05-30T14:37:44+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Generation Z is facing challenges that are similar to previous generations; there are others that are unique to this time and place. We are calling all Canadian Baptist churches to join in prayer on Sunday, June 11. The Canadian Baptist Youth team is inviting churches to pray with and for youth together. There are a myriad of ways to do this. You'll find some ideas both for your Sunday service

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