26 09, 2020

Camp and Youth Ministry: working together

By |2020-09-26T15:42:10-04:00September 26th, 2020|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Youth ministry has a great symbiotic relationship with camps. Youth ministries and Christian camps both strive towards the goal of the next generation knowing and growing closer to Jesus, but we each have our specific platforms in which to accomplish that. That being said, there are many ways we can complement each other in attaining that goal. (You can see specific ways Kwasind, Kids and Youth do this as CBOQ Next Gen in our onboarding guide.)  Resource Sharing: God has equipped each of our individual churches and camps with various

11 10, 2019

Youth Pastors Retreat 2019 – review

By |2019-10-11T21:58:20-04:00October 11th, 2019|event recap|0 Comments

Last Monday to Wednesday (October 7-9, 2019), 12 youth pastors came to Camp Kwasind to tackle Renegotiating Faith (RF). We were honoured to have Rick Hiemstra (Director of Research with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and principal author of RF). Rick led our group through some key insights from RF and other thoughts on attention, social media and its impact on youth. This led to some great in-depth conversations as

7 10, 2016

Youth Pastor Retreat 2016 – review

By |2016-10-07T19:20:21-04:00October 7th, 2016|Alvin Lau, event recap, Events|0 Comments

Sometimes we realize how deep our souls really are; most of the time we don’t. Yet it’s in the depths that we discover some key truths God has implanted in us. This year’s youth pastor’s retreat attempted to dig down deep into the souls of 15 youth leaders (including 1 senior pastor) at Camp Kwasind. Time and space was set aside for such exploration. Our retreat began with a night

2 10, 2016

Family Reunion

By |2016-10-31T13:57:09-04:00October 2nd, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

What does a (healthy) family reunion look like? Next week, a group of our youth pastors will spend 40 hours at Camp Kwasind for our annual youth pastors retreat. Granted, not all family reunions are events we look forward to, but this is one you will enjoy and remember. For me, YPR (aka our youth pastor family reunion) looks like this: times of deep laughter establishing old and new friendships

25 07, 2016

Freedom to Take a Break

By |2016-07-24T18:03:37-04:00July 25th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

A couple weeks ago, I spoke at Camp Kwasind for their week, 1 camp. While I was responsible for two messages a day, I had time in between. At first, I would take my laptop to the deck, sit in a Muskoka chair and work away, but, internet access isn't the strongest there. I had to make a choice. I could work, waiting impatiently for files to open and to

14 09, 2015

Best Practices: Evangelism

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 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

20 02, 2014

Camp Kwasind

By |2016-10-31T13:57:22-04:00February 20th, 2014|guest post|0 Comments

January 1st, I (Rod Vis) started a new position at Camp Kwasind. Over these past two months, I have been reading everything “camp” related I could find.  I cannot count the number of times, while reading, I have said “Wow!”  Time and time again, I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge and concrete evidence that points to the life-long benefits summer camps give our children.  Summer camps have the

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