10 11, 2018

Alvin’s Reflections on Reignite 2018

By |2018-11-10T00:56:36-05:00November 10th, 2018|Alvin Lau|2 Comments

Last week, a group of CBOQ pastors (including some children, family and youth pastors) gathered at the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort for the Reignite Conference. This year featured Dwight Friesen, author of The New Parish, sharing his insights on the local church. We engaged in three days of discussions around the purpose of the local parish and how well we interact with our neighbourhood. There were three questions/ideas that stood

23 04, 2018

Different Degrees of Compassion Experiences

By |2018-04-20T23:33:24-04:00April 23rd, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Compassion means “with suffering” and it reminds us to walk alongside others in their moments. The language of “walking alongside” has impacted the way we do missions--we’re thinking more broadly and of longer-term impact. In the last few years, we've moved from the language of "short term mission trips" to "compassion experiences." For many youth ministries, their venture into compassion experiences is, for the youth and many leaders, a first-time

11 07, 2016

Support Networks

By |2016-10-31T13:57:10-04:00July 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”  One of our key Baptistic principles is association, that we can be better when we work together. That includes supporting and being supported by others. In our Canadian Baptist circles, we have different layers of association. Regionally, we have associations (in fact, 16 of them). There are some vibrant networks within associations such

19 02, 2014

The Story of "Annie", FBC-Here and Camp Whoknowswhere

By |2016-10-31T13:57:23-04:00February 19th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Let's imagine a story about a student named Annie who's 16 years old in a church (let's call it FBC-Here) with about 80 people, some kids and 2-3 other students in high school. She went to Camp Whoknowswhere for a few summers as a child and loved the experience. As she's growing in her faith, she's exploring how she could serve God. Her church, always looking for personnel help, encourages

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