Blog posts from Alvin

6 12, 2021

Maximizing Ministry changes

By |2021-12-03T11:31:56-05:00December 6th, 2021|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Last September we launched Maximizing Ministry. Our intention was to host a monthly gathering to look at some key youth ministry issues. While we still want to provide those kinds of opportunities, we realized our ability to maintain monthly Max Min gatherings is not sustainable. Instead, as we move forward, we will host these discussion gatherings as key topics arise. We invite you to share your topics of interest for

23 10, 2021

What’s Happening March Break 2022?

By |2021-10-23T19:55:20-04:00October 23rd, 2021|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Next March break, what will your youth ministry be doing? While you may still be readjusting to what on-site programming looks like now or navigating other parts of youth ministry, it’s a good time to begin discerning what could be happening a few months from now. For many youth ministries, March break is an opportunity to serve beyond what their group normally does. At this point, an overseas Compassion Experience

8 04, 2021

Your Input with Reopening (and Beyond)

By |2021-04-08T22:15:31-04:00April 8th, 2021|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, our churches/youth ministries continue to evaluate and adapt what their physical location reopening and longer-term structure look like. Our intention is to gather both ideas and questions from youth leaders and synthesize it into a PDF document that will be released on June 10. We are asking for 3 questions: What are your short-term plans (i.e. within the next 6 months)? What are

23 01, 2021

(My) First Steps into Esports

By |2021-01-23T22:08:00-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Alvin Lau|2 Comments

As the pandemic continues, many of our youth are engulfed in gaming both as players and spectators. Esports (which is a competition using video games usually with spectators) has grown into its own industry. According to Business Insider, it will likely surpass $1B in revenue this year. As one person who’s immersed in the esports world, I see this as a digital mission field.  Some youth leaders are more familiar with esports; some may already be involved in it. Here are some suggested

10 12, 2020

Pastors Tip #3 (December 2020)

By |2020-12-10T20:08:07-05:00December 10th, 2020|Alvin Lau, Pastor Tips|0 Comments

“Gather a collection of thanksgiving year-end prayers (video, written, etc) and showcase them.”  None of us could foresee the way things transpired in 2020. Yet even with all the disruptions, chaos and confusion, God has revealed in so many ways the ways he continues to bless us with and carry us through challenging times.  One way to show our gratefulness is to offer collective prayers of thanksgiving (in-person or online). Here are some ways to do that.    IN-PERSON  Each person has a piece of paper

3 12, 2020

Treasuring the Moment

By |2020-12-03T14:37:08-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Most years, the Christmas season feels busy and sometimes rushed—even in the church. Many of us juggle different celebrations, gatherings and other obligations. This year, however, it’s changed and a lot of us are feeling a different anxiety or longing for missed traditions. In Luke 2, we read these words: “Mary treasured up all these things” (v19, 51). In fact, we see those words twice! The first time after the

27 11, 2020

Giving (Any) Tuesday)

By |2020-11-27T20:10:40-05:00November 27th, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The season of Advent is upon us. In the last few days, you may have been inundated with ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals. To help swing our collective focus away from consumerism and towards charity, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  For Jesus’ church, it goes without saying that every Tuesday (or any day of the week really) is Giving Tuesday. Jesus reminds us we are to serve, not be served. We are called to give rather than receive (which

5 11, 2020

Advent Preparations

By |2020-11-05T13:19:35-05:00November 5th, 2020|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Christmas is (at the time of publication) 46 days away. It seems soon, and perhaps overwhelming when, with our current pandemic, many of the ways we celebrate Christmas will change. Changing how we celebrate doesn’t lessen the significance or the message of Jesus’ birth, however.  I (Alvin) hope your church (at least within your youth ministry and among some of the church leaders) has already started those conversations about what Christmas celebrations will look like this year. If you haven’t,

25 10, 2020

Stretching, Wider Steps

By |2020-10-23T16:38:10-04:00October 25th, 2020|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Many youth continue to look for ways to make a difference with their life. As the church that is invested in the lives of these young people, we desire to see them deepen their faith and develop the gifts and skills God’s entrusted to them. We care about their faith development.  One key question is: what could be a next step for them? In what area do they need help to stretch and grow as disciples of Christ? There are many ways your church can help facilitate next steps. It could be partnering youth (individually

12 10, 2020

October 31 Plans

By |2020-10-12T19:42:37-04:00October 12th, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

In a couple of weeks, neighbourhoods across Quebec and Ontario will be celebrating Halloween. It’s a time when people in the community are out and about sharing a little fun with one another, which gave us opportunities to interact with them. Pre-COVID, many of our youth ministries were involved in community Halloween events or fundraising efforts such as “Trick or Treat for Hope” to share the love of Christ. This year will look different.  First of all, stay up to date with what your local public

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