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27 08, 2021

Retreats 2022 – update

By |2022-01-04T20:42:53-05:00August 27th, 2021|Events|0 Comments

AVALANCHE AND BLIZZARD 2022 RETREATS UPDATE Our CBOQ Youth flagship retreats approach their 22nd year. Last year was our first ever fully online retreat experience. We were amazed at how God continues to bring his message of hope through these new channels for us. Many were asking, “What will Avalanche and Blizzard look like this January/February 2022?” Our aim was to host a hybrid retreat experience for both Avalanche and

30 08, 2020

Avalanche and Blizzard Update for 2021

By |2020-10-23T20:42:18-04:00August 30th, 2020|Alvin Lau, Events|1 Comment

August is about to end, September is just around the corner, and while winter feels far away, some of you are asking what’s happening with Avalanche and Blizzard. Good news! Avalanche and Blizzard are still on! Avalanche is scheduled for January 15-17, 2021 and Blizzard for February 5-7, 2021.  How they are carried out may look different from previous years, but the purpose of offering high-quality experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching for youth that focus on the powerful and life-changing love of

11 02, 2020

Blizzard 2020 – review

By |2020-02-11T09:47:32-05:00February 11th, 2020|event recap|2 Comments

This past weekend, over 550 students and leaders descended on Muskoka Woods for a weekend to explore our identity in Christ. Mike Gordon walked through John 4 (Jesus and the Samaritan woman) in seeing how the woman wanted to project her identity, how Jesus saw behind it and who Jesus really said she was. Mix in some personal stories (including surgery) and students were drawn into considering who Jesus says

20 09, 2018

Big Events in the Rhythm of Youth Ministry

By |2018-09-20T13:40:38-04:00September 20th, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Each year, there are probably one (or a few) big events everyone looks forward to, whether it’s a retreat, a compassion experience, or that annual big-bash Christmas dinner. Those big events can be monumental and life-changing…if they’re used well. One person suggested to me that big events in youth ministry are giant “sledgehammer” moments where there is potential for huge impact in students’ lives. There are a variety of reasons

5 02, 2018

Blizzard 1 2018 – review

By |2018-02-05T01:08:48-05:00February 5th, 2018|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Blizzard 1 for 2018 was the 49th winter retreat CBOQ Youth has hosted. Our speaker, Matt Adams, brought illusions that blew the mind. (He even performed illusions and hung out with students through the weekend.) More importantly, he drew people to Jesus, sharing how Christ is the greatest hope. Life Support amped up students and leaders in worship, including their rendition (with a lot of crowd participation) of the

18 02, 2017

Blizzard 2017 1&2 review

By |2017-02-18T00:02:19-05:00February 18th, 2017|Alvin Lau, Events|0 Comments

After each retreat season, someone inevitably asks me which one was better. After going through 31 separate Blizzard retreats, I've realized that, from a life transformation perspective, each one has its own unique distinctions. For Blizzard 1, Leanne and Dallas Friesen used 4 sign posts to see where Jesus reroutes us: intersection, detour, one way and traffic lights. (For those who attended, see if you can remember what each one

11 02, 2016

Lessons from Blizzard 2016

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00February 11th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Two weekends ago, we hosted our latest Blizzard retreat and with 772 guests plus 61 staff, we had Muskoka Woods busting at the seams!  Even so, one of the most common responses to the weekend was, “With so many people, it ran so smoothly!” It was great. Even great events require debriefing, however. Here are the lessons applied and lessons learned from this weekend.   LESSONS APPLIED Communicate any potential

8 02, 2016

Blizzard 2016 – review

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00February 8th, 2016|Alvin Lau, event recap|2 Comments

What happens when almost 840 people converge onto Muskoka Woods? You have the BIGGEST BLIZZARD EVER! While there was a mixture of excitement and anxieties heading into this, God had his plans already in mind. With Mike Gordon as our speaker and Life Support leading worship, we explored that foundational question we all wrestle with: Who am I? More importantly, who does God say I am? Mike used the story

11 01, 2016

Catalyst Events Overcome the Winter Blahs

By |2016-01-11T08:41:32-05:00January 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 |2015-11-16T08:23:24-05:00November 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

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