11 01, 2016

Catalyst Events Overcome the Winter Blahs

By |2016-01-11T08:41:32-05:00January 11th, 2016|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

With the Christmas holidays over and the cold weather starting to settle in, many of us experience the winter blahs. Many youth ministries find that January till March Break is one of the hardest stretches. How do you navigate the winter blahs? It’s important to have some kind of catalyst to help catapult your ministry through these weeks. While a youth ministry shouldn’t be solely dependent on events, having experiences

4 02, 2014

When things DO go according to plan

By |2016-10-31T13:57:23-04:00February 4th, 2014|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

At Blizzard 1 this past weekend, when people asked me (Alvin) how I felt the weekend was going, my response was, "Too smoothly." Yes, there were some minute glitches here and there, but generally speaking, things went according to plan. All our churches arrived by 10:00pm. All the waivers were signed properly (I can't remember if that's ever happened in the last 38 Avalanches and Blizzards). We were on schedule.

20 01, 2014

review: Avalanche 2014

By |2016-10-31T13:57:23-04:00January 20th, 2014|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

For 40 hours, 489 students and their leaders descended upon Muskoka Woods. At times, there was calm. At times, it felt like chaos. Even the weather got into the action with staying mostly clear on Saturday then white-out conditions on Sunday. What intrigued me with this retreat was, in spite of many glitches (from administrative miscues to property issues to a lost student who was found very quickly to our

8 01, 2014

The Winter "Blahs" of Youth Ministry

By |2016-10-31T13:57:23-04:00January 8th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

For a lot of youth ministries, the weeks from the Christmas holidays to March break feel like an eternity. At the beginning of the ministry year in the fall, there's the adrenaline of a new start. Shortly after Thanksgiving comes the move towards Christmas celebrations. After March break signifies a change in weather towards spring, which brings excitement and the focus on Easter. After Easter is the final push towards

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