Alvin Lau

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24 05, 2019

Planning for Next Year

By |2019-05-24T13:09:13-04:00May 24th, 2019|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

You’ve got a few more weeks of youth group left before the summer season comes. For some of you, the summer brings rest and a break. Others of you switch into another gear. Either way, it’s important to plan long before September comes. Do you know what you’ll be doing next year? You may be asking, “Why am I already planning next year?” A few reasons: It gives you and

1 05, 2019

Book review: Reimagining Young Adult Ministry

By |2019-05-01T21:54:22-04:00May 1st, 2019|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

For the last couple of decades, the church has been asking: How do we minister to young adults? Many people have ideas, but few are sustainable. Scott Pontier and Mark DeVries offers some insights in their book Reimagining Young Adult Ministry. (https://www.amazon.ca/Reimagining-Young-Adult-Ministry-Guidebook/dp/0998806404) Pontier and DeVries guide a conversation focused on what young adults are looking for and how the church can meet them where they are. The authors draw on

25 04, 2019

Volunteer Appreciation

By |2019-04-25T23:41:33-04:00April 25th, 2019|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

The ministry year is less than 2 months from finishing; youth ministries are making the final stretch and are starting to wrap things up. One key opportunity we urge you to take is to thank your volunteers. Here are some suggestions.   It’s Not One-Size-Fits-All In a previous blog post, we noted that different people receive appreciation differently. That being the case, now’s a great time to find ways to

14 04, 2019

The Larger (Baptist) Family

By |2019-04-14T09:35:24-04:00April 14th, 2019|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

As Baptists, we place a high value on the autonomy of the local church. It’s crucial for local congregation’s to discern God’s direction in their specific context. But we also realize we are part of a larger (Baptist) family and thrive in larger community.   ASSOCIATIONS Almost all of our CBOQ churches belong to a regional association. Association gatherings enable churches who are geographically closer together to support one another

7 03, 2019

Helping Grads Prepare

By |2019-03-07T22:08:19-04:00March 7th, 2019|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

There are about 15 weeks left in the school year and for some of your students these are the final weeks of their high school career. So how are they preparing for that post-high school transition? Hopefully by now, you’ve started conversations with those soon-to-be grads. If you have we would love you to share your insights on those conversations are at facebook.com/transition101. If you haven’t initiated conversations, consider using

24 02, 2019

Today’s Teens Conference 2019 – review

By |2019-02-24T00:45:55-04:00February 24th, 2019|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

The 36th Today's Teens Conference continued to inspire and equip over 1200 youth workers and student leaders. This year featured Sunder Krishnan and Iona Snair challenging youth workers alongside Melinda Estabrooks and Shawn Naylor inspiring students. The Meeting House was filled with worship led by the C4 Worship Team. Alongside a number of Canadian breakout speakers from across our nation, this year featured the first awarding of the John Wilkinson

18 02, 2019

Extending the Family

By |2019-02-18T10:25:10-04:00February 18th, 2019|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

This year at Avalanche and Blizzard our focus was on God’s invitation to his table,a. theme that resonated deeply with so many people. Indeed, we welcomed, figuratively speaking, “the poor, the blind, the crippled, the blind and the lame.” Today is Family Day. Google’s first definition of family is “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.” (https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&rlz=1C1GCEU_enCA820CA820&q=Dictionary#dobs=family) We were all born into a family. The

12 02, 2019

Blizzard 2 2019 – review

By |2019-02-12T12:28:44-04:00February 12th, 2019|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Another season of retreats is complete. This weekend featured the Irish-Canadian Kevin McGlade from Sarnia and Life Support leading worship. Kevin tied together the stories of Adam and Eve, Zaccheus and the Prodigal Son, demonstrating God's initiative to seek us out and his invitation to us to join him. We praised God in extended worship. We even celebrated those who chose to say "yes" to Jesus for the first

3 12, 2018

Crazy(less) of Advent

By |2018-11-28T19:00:03-04:00December 3rd, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The season of Advent is here. For some, it’s a month-long celebration. For many, it’s a season of stress. For others, some deep pain is associated with this time of year. Renee Embree (Director of Youth and Family Ministries with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada) recently blogged on “How to help parents have less 'crazy' this advent & Christmas season” (http://cbacyf.ca/oneneighbourhood/2018/11/22/how-to-help-parents-have-less-crazy-this-advent-amp-christmas-season). Here are some specific things to note: Discuss

26 11, 2018

Renegotiating Faith (part 3)

By |2018-11-23T20:02:01-04:00November 26th, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

This is part 3 of 3 in a reflection series on Renegotiating Faith. (See Part 1 and Part 2.) -------------- The Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO), the Fear of Not Being Amazing (FNBA), and the Fear Of Passionless Monotony (FOPM) press in on young adults ever more as they approach age 30, which, for many, marks the limit of emerging adulthood and a forced entry into adulthood. (p.12-13) Many Millennials

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