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Blog posts about youth ministry

28 02, 2015

In Another World

By | 2015-02-28T04:27:18+00:00 February 28th, 2015|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Stepping into another culture can have a profound impact on one's faith. For those who have grown up in a Christian environment, we can easily assume "this is what faith is". But when we step into another "world", our faith can be challenged ... and shaped for the better. Next week, a team of 29 students and leaders from four churches (First Baptist Church in Smiths Falls, Glen Acres Baptist

13 02, 2015

Where is your ministry at … right now?

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:17+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Sometimes, in the midst of leading a ministry, seldom do we get a chance to take a step back to see what's happening at that moment ... unless we intentionally do so. Whether we like it or not, things change and things evolve. But if we don't take that step back every so often, the changes/evolutions happen right under our nose. Last year, we launched the ministry audit. While it

24 01, 2015

Distinguishing Youth Ministry

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:17+00:00 January 24th, 2015|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|1 Comment

Ask a church their definition of "youth ministry", you'll probably get a variety of responses. Many define it as a program where youth are the target audience. Others emphasize mentoring and relationships with youth. Recently, some are expanding it to be family ministries i.e. ministering to parents and their families. Over the last few months, I've (Alvin) recognized there is a distinction between youth ministry and a church's reponse to

7 01, 2015

The Big Push

By | 2015-01-07T04:37:19+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

In the next nine weeks, I'll be involved in 3 retreats, 1 leadership conference, organizing 1 Compassion Experience and a Raptors outreach event (plus we'll throw in 3 church consultations). This is our high season at CBOQ Youth. In the midst of the organized chaos, God gave me a reminder from a devotion shared by Gloria Stafford at our last Avalanche planning meeting based on Ephesians 3:14-21. The one phrase

2 12, 2014

A Baptistic Principle in Youth Ministry

By | 2014-12-02T16:42:04+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

One Baptistic value we hold is "association". While every church has its own autonomy and can individually discern where God is leading them, many congregations recognize they can't do everything by themselves. Even the formation of our area associations and CBOQ itself is based on this. Two specific examples of association are our CBOQ Youth retreats and Centre Court events. Retreats like Avalanche and Blizzard require a certain critical mass

26 11, 2014

Is your Advent synonymous with "busyness"?

By | 2014-11-26T20:06:18+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

As Advent approaches, I usually hear from our youth leaders this is one of the busiest times of year. (For us at CBOQ Youth, it's actually a slower time because no one really needs us.) While celebrations and other activities take time and energy to plan, I wonder if it becomes over-programmed. For instance, ask yourself some of these questions: As you enter December, do you feel more strained or

20 11, 2014

A National Voice

By | 2014-11-20T16:31:29+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Last week, directors from our Canadian Baptist partners in youth and family gathered. These semiannual meetings aren't just to catch up. They are times to discern how we can come together at a national level with discernment from the Holy Spirit. CB Youth and Family's mandate is to advocate and make possible national and global synergies in the areas of youth, family and young adult ministry. Some elements that we

30 10, 2014

Post-Secondary Transition Strategy

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:17+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

As soon-to-be high school graduates are looking at options after June, it can become a daunting task. Some are excited; others are filled with anxiety. As youth leaders, helping them to navigate this time is crucial in their faith journey. While each individual's situation is unique, there are some common elements to consider. What kind of vocation is God calling that person towards? What kind of pathway is God directing

20 10, 2014

Volunteer Care

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:18+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Most of our church ministries operate with volunteers. Without them, many of our ministries would shut down. Many youth leaders have a problem recruiting volunteers. However, that's only one part of the puzzle. It's not just how to bring volunteers in service, it's also how you care for them. I've heard from some volunteers who feel they are essentially cheap (i.e. free) labour. Some don't feel appreciated or cared for.

15 10, 2014

Safe Places

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:18+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Abraham Maslow deduced a hierarchy of needs people unconsciously strive for. The second level in his hierarchy is "safety needs", where a person desires physical protection, security, stability and freedom from fear. The Hemorrhaging Faith report also alluded to this in one of their four drivers (under "Teachings and Beliefs") where young adults: can freely explore the tough issues: sex, different world views, etc.  They want to be prepared to

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