2 12, 2019

Centre Court (fall 2019) review

By |2019-12-02T00:40:01-05:00December 2nd, 2019|event recap|0 Comments

Last night, we hosted our 20th+ Centre Court event. Not only did the Raptors come away with a convincing victory, almost 700 of us got to hang back after the game for our own program. This year's speaker was Stormin' Norman Powell. He shared how his faith has continued to shape him (he previously shared at Centre Court about three years ago), especially after last summer's NBA championship. More importantly,

25 03, 2019

Centre Court 2019 – recap

By |2019-03-25T23:43:42-04:00March 25th, 2019|event recap|0 Comments

While it was a heart-breaking loss with a nearly impossible shot, our post-game program highlighted the different ways Jesus continues to make an impact in people's lives. We were excited to have Jeremy Lin share his testimony and to give a word of encouragement to our guests. Specifically, he highlighted Galatians 6:9 as the verse that he's currently meditating on. (Much of his story was captured on our CBOQ Youth

19 03, 2018

Centre Court 2018 – review

By |2018-03-18T00:38:37-04:00March 19th, 2018|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Last Friday was the 18th Centre Court event I've participated in. And boy, was it a crazy game?! Overtime and a nail biter right to the end. (You can see all the highlights at raptors.com.) For me, it wasn't just a nail biter of a game. We were also pressed for time and our program. Because the arena needed to be converted for the Leafs game on the following night,

2 04, 2017

Centre Court – review

By |2017-04-02T23:36:26-04:00April 2nd, 2017|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Last Friday, over 375 went down to the Air Canada Centre to witness a Toronto Raptors victory over the Indiana Pacers. While that was exciting, the post-game program became the focus. Patrick Mutombo, one of the Raptors assistant coaches, shared how Jesus impacts his life. He encouraged the students and leaders there to be boldly stand for their faith and stand strong. We also had two young adults from Glencairn

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

16 03, 2015

Centre Court 2015: review

By |2016-10-31T13:57:16-04:00March 16th, 2015|event recap|0 Comments

While the Toronto Raptors didn't win (it's tough playing the Western Conference), the post-game program was well received. Over eighty students had a chance to do lay-ups on the court. Eight of them had a chance to win a big prize (a signed basketball from DeMar DeRozan) going up against Matt and Alvin. The more profound moments came in the testimonies. Landry Fields shared the impact of Jesus in his

5 03, 2015

What is a pre-evangelistic event?

By |2016-10-31T13:57:17-04:00March 5th, 2015|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

We've heard of "outreach events" before. Usually, they refer to some kind of outing for students to invite friends. In some cases, outreach events include a very specific "salvation" message and a call to respond (i.e. altar call). However, there are times when a pre-evangelistic event (which is part of outreach) may be a better first point of engagement. Centre Court is a pre-evangelistic event. For our Centre Court event

2 12, 2014

A Baptistic Principle in Youth Ministry

By |2014-12-02T16:42:04-05:00December 2nd, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

One Baptistic value we hold is "association". While every church has its own autonomy and can individually discern where God is leading them, many congregations recognize they can't do everything by themselves. Even the formation of our area associations and CBOQ itself is based on this. Two specific examples of association are our CBOQ Youth retreats and Centre Court events. Retreats like Avalanche and Blizzard require a certain critical mass

9 03, 2014

Centre Court: the aim of pre-evangelism

By |2016-10-31T13:57:22-04:00March 9th, 2014|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Last Friday, over 760 students and leaders from 26 churches came to witness the Toronto Raptors beat the Sacramento Kings. The bigger highlight came after the game where everyone came to courtside for some giveaways (who doesn't like free stuff), some on-court contests, and testimonies by John Salmons (shooting guard for the Raptors) and two students from First Baptist Church in Toronto, all hosted by Herbie Kuhn, voice of the

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