4 05, 2020

Student Leaders in Existing and New Places

By |2020-05-01T17:10:10-04:00May 4th, 2020|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Students in the church have a unique opportunity right now. They have access to their peer groups that youth leaders don’t have (and shouldn’t have). Many are creative and out-of-the-box thinkers (because many “don’t know better”). And, best of all, many of these students have shown their ministry opportunity isn’t in the future, it’s now.  First of all, we’re referring to youth who are taking leadership in a particular ministry, not necessarily within your youth program. Some of these

30 10, 2017

Student Development Track

By |2017-10-27T19:58:21-04:00October 30th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

We want our students in our youth ministries to thrive both in their faith and in their lives for the glory of God. Do you know what areas to focus on? Do you know how they can best be trained?   Below is a suggested template for tracking those developmental elements in a student's life. You may have other elements to add as well (if so, leave those in the comment section). The key to this tool is for youth and youth leaders/mentors/parents to discuss what areas to develop

13 11, 2014

What is God's vision for that student?

By |2016-10-31T13:57:17-04:00November 13th, 2014|Alvin Lau, parental care|0 Comments

Earlier this year, we started a conversation about parental care being a core element of youth ministry. One key question is whether both the parent(s) and youth leaders understand where each youth is headed i.e. what's the vision God has for that child? This isn't just about future vocation or other generic answers like "to grow up, be a good person and have a good job". While we may never

19 09, 2014

Slingshot: a young adult's next step

By |2016-10-31T13:57:18-04:00September 19th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Over the years, we've coordinated what we called an event internship where youth and young adults came to serve at Avalanche and Blizzard while honing their ministry skills. Over the last 12 months, we've redesigned that program into what we call "Slingshot". We recognize that today's young adult isn't always able to commit to a program long-term (some don't even know what they're doing the next hour). We also recognize

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