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February 2024

Celebrating the 25th of Avalanche and Blizzard … and a new chapter in 2026

By |2024-02-29T10:17:22-05:00February 11th, 2024|announcement|

Hello CBOQ Youth Leaders, “Inspiring – Memorable – Life-Changing – in moving youth one-step closer to Jesus.” These are just some of the words that have described what tens of thousands of Youth have experienced at Avalanche and Blizzard as we have gathered at Muskoka Woods over these last 24 years. 25th Anniversary First, we are preparing for what will be a historic experience for Avalanche

October 2023

Communication Strategy Changes

By |2023-10-30T00:19:35-04:00October 30th, 2023|announcement|

WHAT'S CHANGING Sending a more comprehensive monthly eUpdate enewsletter. Creating a weekly video highlighting important content (via YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels and TikTok) WHAT WE'LL KEEP DOING Sending a personalized email with customized updates Messaging youth leaders from our weekly staff church prayer list Sharing articles via Facebook and X Sharing in our Facebook group (for CBOQ youth leaders)

Highlight: Port Colborne Baptist Church

By |2023-10-23T13:06:32-04:00October 17th, 2023|ym highlight|

After receiving the confirmation of the grant, we had opportunities to grow together as a youth group.  On July 14-15, 2023, we hosted a mini retreat at the church with 16 youth and 3 leaders. We played games and sports, hiked, and had a wonderful time of intentional worship.   Then on July 26-27, we had a second youth retreat at Selkirk Provincial Park with 14 participants. During the retreat,

We Have What it Takes

By |2023-10-17T21:35:04-04:00October 17th, 2023|best practices, youth ministry thoughts|

“We will not hide them from their descendants; We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” – Psalm 78:4 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

Next Gen Pastors Retreat 2023 recap

By |2023-10-07T01:02:32-04:00October 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Our first Next Gen Pastors Retreat with 14 children, family, youth and next gen pastors gathered at Camp Kwasind this past week. We had 2 main areas: Learning about SEL (social-emotional learning) wisdom both for each of us individually and how we can support our children and youth in those areas. Margaret Boersma led us in activities and lessons to help us hone those skills. Diving deeper into the

September 2023

Introducing Jaimie

By |2023-09-18T12:43:19-04:00September 18th, 2023|announcement|

We are excited to have Jaimie join our Next Gen team as our administrative assistant! Jaimie Wiebe loves to travel, meet new people and to serve Jesus. In her free time she enjoys board games, canoeing and sewing. She is a recent graduate of Emmanuel Bible College, and recently married to Shawn. Email Jaimie

2023 Scholarship Recipients

By |2023-09-11T22:32:16-04:00September 11th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients! Alan Hung (Mississauga Grace Missionary Baptist Church) Alisa Preston (Banwell Community Church) Ben Casas (Kingsway Baptist Church) Madeline Cho (Kingsway Baptist Church) Madeline Grimes (North Burlington Baptist Church)

June 2023

Who am I in the Great I AM? (2023-24 theme)

By |2023-06-12T01:27:47-04:00June 12th, 2023|announcement|

Moses, an iconic figure in both Christian and Jewish traditions, asked God what was his name. God responded with “I AM” – always was, always is, always will be. When Jesus invites us to follow him, we are invited to know God and our identity in Him. This is a vital pursuit in humanity’s existence: to know who we are in the great I AM. Jesus Himself made powerful "I

May 2023

TBM Youth Leaders Retreat 2023 – recap

By |2023-05-06T17:34:19-04:00May 6th, 2023|event recap|

Toronto Baptist Ministries (TBM) hosted its annual youth leader retreat on May 6 at Mississauga Chinese Baptist Church. Six churches were represented. The emphasis was a comprehensive discussion on what makes a thriving youth ministry, and what are issues that need to be addressed along the way. It consists of 2 panel discussions: one with 4 point youth leaders and the other with 2 volunteer youth leaders. There were conversations

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