Alvin Lau

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25 07, 2022

Avalanche and Blizzard 2023

By |2022-07-25T08:53:32-04:00July 25th, 2022|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

We are excited to be returning to Muskoka Woods this winter for Avalanche and Blizzard. Many are anticipating this "roadtrip" where faith, life and community intersect. All are invited to join us at Muskoka Woods on January 20-22 or February 10-12. If you're not able to join, we'll also have all our materials available as a DIY retreat where you can host your own retreat (or use whichever elements

13 06, 2022

Roadtrip (2022 theme)

By |2022-06-15T14:22:14-04:00June 13th, 2022|Alvin Lau|1 Comment

Roadtrip: where faith, life and community intersect “ROAD TRIP!” Many people resonate with those words. It sparks a sense of excitement, adventure and memorable moments. It’s stepping away from the everyday routine. What’s even more fun is when we get to meet someone we’ve anticipated seeing on the other end, converging in one location for a shared experience together. For Jesus’s church, it’s where faith, life and community intersect. This

8 06, 2022

2022 Survey

By |2022-06-13T00:31:16-04:00June 8th, 2022|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

After an unusual two years, we're looking to better understand what's happening in your youth ministry, and how we can better support you. We'd appreciate you taking about 10-15 min to complete the survey below by July 31. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Alvin. Fill out my online form.

10 01, 2022

“Share Your Story” Contest

By |2022-01-10T19:24:50-05:00January 10th, 2022|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Youth workers, especially volunteers, are a vital component in the faith formation of youth. Many give countless hours (if not years) of heartfelt service to ministry, and their service impacts lives. We want to honour those volunteer youth workers through your stories.    HERE’S OUR CHALLENGE: TELL US A STORY OF HOW A VOLUNTEER YOUTH WORKER IN YOUR CHURCH HAS MADE AN IMPACT WITH YOUTH.  Be as specific with your

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

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