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19 01, 2018

Avalanche 2018

By | 2017-06-19T23:32:05+00:00 January 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Avalanche is more than just a weekend retreat – it is often a life changing experience for many students. It is a chance for junior high students to join with 500 other young Canadian Baptists and see that they are not alone in their journey towards Jesus. Through high quality small group experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching, we aim to inspire your students, whether Christians or not, to begin

2 02, 2017

Avalanche 2017 – review

By | 2017-02-02T00:23:59+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

AVALANCHE 2017 It's been almost 2 weeks since Avalanche finished. But the impact of Avalanche hasn't faded. Over 560 students and leaders gathered at Muskoka Woods, to see how Jesus might intercept their lives. Our speaker Heather Flies challenged students with the gospel in a way that made sense to them. She left them with these five challenges: What distractions need to be removed? Who will you connect with so

20 01, 2017

Avalanche 2017

By | 2016-11-23T10:27:26+00:00 January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Avalanche is more than just a weekend retreat – it is often a life changing experience for many students. It is a chance for junior high students to join with 500 other young Canadian Baptists and see that they are not alone in their journey towards Jesus. Through high quality small group experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching, we aim to inspire your students, whether Christians or not, to begin

23 01, 2016

Case Study: An Avalanche Power Outage

By | 2016-01-23T09:53:10+00:00 January 23rd, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

For the first time in our winter retreat history, we had a power outage that wasn’t just isolated to Muskoka Woods but affected about 10,000 people in the Muskoka area. With guests waking up to no power, texts started to fly my way. So our team went into action. We had a lot of decisions to make in a short period of time. Here are some of the steps we

18 01, 2016

Avalanche 2016: review

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:14+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Avalanche turned 16 years old this year. Yet there has never been an Avalanche like this one before. With 547 guests and our retreat staff, we looked to discover who we are, asking God to reveal our identity. Avalanche began like many others before it, with a session of worship and some initial thoughts from our speakers Laura Bronson and Tim Teakle. But then, at 3am, all the power went

11 01, 2016

Catalyst Events Overcome the Winter Blahs

By | 2016-01-11T08:41:32+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

With the Christmas holidays over and the cold weather starting to settle in, many of us experience the winter blahs. Many youth ministries find that January till March Break is one of the hardest stretches. How do you navigate the winter blahs? It’s important to have some kind of catalyst to help catapult your ministry through these weeks. While a youth ministry shouldn’t be solely dependent on events, having experiences

16 11, 2015

Partnering Together

By | 2015-11-16T08:23:24+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

In our Baptist tradition, we believe that each local church can discern the voice of God and where he is leading them. At the same time, we recognize that we can’t do everything ourselves. In youth ministry, there are moments when it’s best to gather as a local tribe for teaching, fellowship, and to listen for God’s promptings specific to that tribe.. However, there are times when it’s necessary to

14 09, 2015

Best Practices: Evangelism

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:15+00:00 September 14th, 2015|best practices|0 Comments

Last April, we invited several youth pastors to a summit to learn from one another and to provide us with feedback about our ministry direction. Part of our day included discussing a series of best practices in six different areas (evangelism, biblical understanding, mentoring/small groups, community impact, leadership development and intergenerational interactions). Over the next few weeks, we’ll release some of the best practice suggestions from the group (with further

19 01, 2015

Avalanche 2015 review

By | 2016-10-31T13:57:17+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

It's been less than 12 hours since all students, leaders and staff left Muskoka Woods. For 40 hours, we went from -25'C weather on Friday night to a "balmy" +2'C on Sunday. In fact, half the snow was sliding off the Music Hall. In that time, we've heard stories of many students seriously considering how God views them in light of what was shared. Chris Tompkins, our speaker, challenged "You're

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

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