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28 02, 2017

Today’s Teens Conference 2017 review

By | 2017-02-28T23:16:46+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Now's the Time So often, the Christian faith is portrayed as future-oriented. "One day we'll get there." "One day, Jesus will return." All of that is true. But Jesus reminds us not to forsake the present. Last Saturday, over 1400 youth leaders, students and volunteers gathered at the Meeting House to be inspired and challenged. Time and time again, they were reminded to consider what God is doing right now, and

18 02, 2017

Blizzard 2017 1&2 review

By | 2017-02-18T00:02:19+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Alvin Lau, Events|0 Comments

After each retreat season, someone inevitably asks me which one was better. After going through 31 separate Blizzard retreats, I've realized that, from a life transformation perspective, each one has its own unique distinctions. For Blizzard 1, Leanne and Dallas Friesen used 4 sign posts to see where Jesus reroutes us: intersection, detour, one way and traffic lights. (For those who attended, see if you can remember what each one

2 02, 2017

Avalanche 2017 – review

By | 2017-02-02T00:23:59+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

AVALANCHE 2017 It's been almost 2 weeks since Avalanche finished. But the impact of Avalanche hasn't faded. Over 560 students and leaders gathered at Muskoka Woods, to see how Jesus might intercept their lives. Our speaker Heather Flies challenged students with the gospel in a way that made sense to them. She left them with these five challenges: What distractions need to be removed? Who will you connect with so

9 01, 2017

Ready, Set, Go!

By | 2016-12-01T14:48:49+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today, most students head back to school after two weeks away, which means many youth ministries kick into the unofficial second half of the ministry year. At CBOQ Youth, we’re able to enter our high season. We have seven events within 10 weeks that range from Avalanche to Centre Court. We appreciate your prayers as we enter this season. Many of you will be returning to the

5 12, 2016

Celebrate and Treasure

By | 2016-12-01T14:42:35+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The Christmas season is usually full of energy (perhaps a feeling of hurriedness). We celebrate the birth of Christ on earth with gusto. But we need to sometimes step back. In Luke 2, there are two instances the Bible tells us where Mary stepped back and “treasured these things in her heart.” Once was after the shepherd’s exclamation (Luke 2:19) and the other happened several years later when Jesus stayed

28 11, 2016

Advent …

By | 2016-11-23T14:39:20+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Can you believe Christmas is only 27 days away? The advent season has begun. What will make it unique for you and/or your youth ministry this year? Here are some thoughts: What “out of the routine” adaptation can you make? Sometimes we get so used to tradition/routine that we miss the essence of Christmas. Try varying what you do, for example if you always serve at a soup kitchen, try

21 11, 2016

A National Voice

By | 2016-11-21T13:54:26+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Last week, our Canadian Baptist Youth and Family team met together. This semi-annual gathering allows us to pray and discuss what opportunities might be available for us nationally. CB Youth & Family team exists to advocate for and make possible national and global synergies in the areas of youth, family and young adult ministry. In order to achieve this, there are four objectives: Make possible both national and global youth and

14 11, 2016

Digital Divine Interruptions

By | 2016-11-11T16:39:48+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

“Divine Interruptions.” Several people (from John Ortberg to Rachel Held Evans) have elaborated on this concept . We’re aware of their existence, but how do divine interruptions intersect with social media and our digital lives? First, I offer a working definition of a divine interruption: a moment that shifts you from your expected or routine state toward  a God-intended purpose. These are unexpected moments, during which we might step back

7 11, 2016

Some Online Tools We Use

By | 2016-11-04T22:14:04+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We all have different tools to help us organize and manage our ministry tasks and projects. Here are some that CBOQ Youth (Alvin) uses. Wrike: This is our primary project management system. We keep all the various responsibilities for all our projects, including events, together. It helpfully allows you to assign various tasks to other people as collaborators (who may not be Wrike users) through their email. They can update

31 10, 2016

Remembering Highlights

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:09+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

“Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller) There are moments to remember in youth ministry, especially those that happen later on in the year. Here are some suggestions. Have a prayer board. You can outline the parameters that are needed to ensure appropriate materials are posted. But post both praise items and prayer requests (and

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