November 2017

Leader Development Track

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

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

Emergency Plan

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

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

Youth Talks with creativity and the senses

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

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

October 2017

Student Development Track

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

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

How to Register for Avalanche and Blizzard

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

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

Thanksgiving Exercise

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

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,

September 2017

Paying Attention to Transitions

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

(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

Working with Corporations

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

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

Imaginative Hope relaunched

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

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

June 2017

Reel Family Time 2017 – review

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

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

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