COVID-19 LEARNINGS SUMMARY Over the last few weeks, I had the privilege of engaging with 16 of our CBOQ youth leaders, uncovering what they’ve been doing and learning since March break when the pandemic lockdown started. Here’s what I took away from each leader: John: Creative outlets like puppets allow students to focus on a project with purpose and can bless the rest of the congregation. William: Managing larger groups online takes multiple
With governments at different levels thinking through how best to reopen parts of Quebec and Ontario, churches and youth ministries are discussing what the next phase will be. To help guide you, CBOQ launched its latest resource: Preparing Your Church for the Next Phase. Youth leaders have many factors to consider. Youth ministries are usually a smaller segment of the local church family, which provides them with different opportunities and considerations compared to the operations of other ministries and the church at large. Here
Sergio Espinoza Associate Pastor of Family Ministries Harmony Baptist Church (Recorded: May 8, 2020) INSIGHTS FROM SERGIO While there is a learning curve with utilizing technology, it opens ministry opportunities. Church will likely not go back to exactly what it was before. Trust and obey the Holy Spirit's directions.
Jim Alford Pastor of Youth and Community Whitby Baptist Church (Recorded: May 8, 2020) INSIGHTS FROM JIM Helping to organize information in 1 central location is crucial. Some students, especially those graduating from grade 8 and 12, are grieving loss of their graduation experience. Continue to maintain those personal relationships with students.
Enoch Lau Youth and Young Adults Mississauga Chinese Baptist Church (Recorded: May 8, 2020) INSIGHTS FROM ENOCH There is a great opportunity for leaders to engage with students. Resourcing parents is key especially for youth who don't regularly engage online. Student leaders have a chance to step up and raise the bar. (Enoch shares a great example of how that happened.) Be flexible with your plans
William Leung Youth Ministry Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church (Recorded: May 5, 2020) KEY INSIGHTS FROM WILLIAM His students have some more free time and ability to engage more than before. He's taking more time to investigate what keeps students from engaging. Leveraging online connections will still be vital after the lockdown including for outreach opportunities. Find out how William manages with larger Zoom group meetings.
John Cullen Youth and Young Adults Director Lorne Park Baptist Church (Recorded: May 5, 2020) KEY INSIGHTS FROM JOHN Building relationships is his key ingredient. What's changed is how he continues to build relationships. His students wanted purpose, which he's giving them opportunities for ownership into the youth ministry. Be patient. Find out how John's using puppets and Zoom.
Alvin interviews several of our CBOQ youth pastors in what they're learning during this pandemic. A summary of what Alvin learned from each guest Release date: May 7, 2020 Release Date: May 11, 2020 Release Date: May 15, 2020 Release Date: May 20, 2020 Release Date: May 22, 2020 Release Date: May 27, 2020
It’s been two weeks since students have been in their classrooms. Many have spent a LOT of time at home (likely a considerable amount in their rooms). Some go to their default past-time (whether it’s gaming, Netflix binging, Tik Tok videos to name a few), others complain of being bored (despite not being willing to do anything). There is a better way for students to use their time, and for you to encourage your youth in the process. Before we start, a couple of considerations: A person doesn’t need to tackle all 5 areas. Some may overlap. If any
Yesterday, almost all churches have gone to some kind of digital gathering. In the last 1-1.5 weeks, youth leaders are figuring out what's their best approach in light of social distancing (some have suggested using the term "physical distancing" instead). Some observations I've (Alvin) made (without any too conclusive): The way we approach ministry is shifting dramatically (obvious statement). It's pushed us to lean on more networks of support. I've