23 09, 2015

Changing Influences (2 tracks in faith formation)

By |2016-10-31T13:57:15-04:00September 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from our book Faith Formation 2.0. Traditionally, churches have focused on ministry programs as the primary way of ministering to people. Typically, these ministry programs are geared towards age-specific audiences. It seems to work generally when children are younger. However, as research has shown, as people get older, these ministry programs seem less and less effective. The diagram above demonstrates that a church can still

13 02, 2015

Where is your ministry at … right now?

By |2016-10-31T13:57:17-04:00February 13th, 2015|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Sometimes, in the midst of leading a ministry, seldom do we get a chance to take a step back to see what's happening at that moment ... unless we intentionally do so. Whether we like it or not, things change and things evolve. But if we don't take that step back every so often, the changes/evolutions happen right under our nose. Last year, we launched the ministry audit. While it

26 11, 2014

Is your Advent synonymous with "busyness"?

By |2014-11-26T20:06:18-05:00November 26th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

As Advent approaches, I usually hear from our youth leaders this is one of the busiest times of year. (For us at CBOQ Youth, it's actually a slower time because no one really needs us.) While celebrations and other activities take time and energy to plan, I wonder if it becomes over-programmed. For instance, ask yourself some of these questions: As you enter December, do you feel more strained or

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