26 09, 2020

Camp and Youth Ministry: working together

By |2020-09-26T15:42:10-04:00September 26th, 2020|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Youth ministry has a great symbiotic relationship with camps. Youth ministries and Christian camps both strive towards the goal of the next generation knowing and growing closer to Jesus, but we each have our specific platforms in which to accomplish that. That being said, there are many ways we can complement each other in attaining that goal. (You can see specific ways Kwasind, Kids and Youth do this as CBOQ Next Gen in our onboarding guide.)  Resource Sharing: God has equipped each of our individual churches and camps with various

17 09, 2020

Book Club – Youth Ministry: Now and Not Yet

By |2021-05-13T21:28:47-04:00September 17th, 2020|best practices|0 Comments

In 2012, Matt Wilkinson wrote a book that guides a conversation between the lead pastor, youth leader(s) and parents in how their church can move towards a youth ministry that is youth-led, adult-mentored and family-empowered. From October to May, each month, we'll spend an hour together with Matt as he shares some key considerations followed by a group discussion with those on the Zoom call. The 10-min sharing by

4 11, 2019

Moving from Children’s Ministry to Youth Ministry

By |2019-11-04T09:49:53-05:00November 4th, 2019|best practices|0 Comments

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending parts of the Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference. (Tanya Yuen was one of the key organizers.) At face value, it may not make sense for the “youth guy” to be at a children’s ministry conference. However, strengthening a child’s move from children’s ministry to youth ministry is crucial. A few years ago, Tanya and I wrote a booklet called “Faith Formation in Children

24 02, 2019

Today’s Teens Conference 2019 – review

By |2019-02-24T00:45:55-05:00February 24th, 2019|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

The 36th Today's Teens Conference continued to inspire and equip over 1200 youth workers and student leaders. This year featured Sunder Krishnan and Iona Snair challenging youth workers alongside Melinda Estabrooks and Shawn Naylor inspiring students. The Meeting House was filled with worship led by the C4 Worship Team. Alongside a number of Canadian breakout speakers from across our nation, this year featured the first awarding of the John Wilkinson

29 10, 2018

What vs How in Youth Ministry Programming?

By |2018-10-26T21:42:54-04:00October 29th, 2018|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

In youth ministry, many of us tend to focus on the content of teaching. Looking at a year-long calendar, many youth leaders try to pack in as much content and topics they can think of. Is that the best approach? For me (Alvin), I wonder if there is a significant shift in our youth ministry programming. Since the birth of the church, one of the primary drives was to share

26 03, 2014

How effective is your ministry today?

By |2016-10-31T13:57:19-04:00March 26th, 2014|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Evaluation and feedback are key in helping to see if a ministry is continuing the direction God has given. Regular feedback (whether informal or in a more structured approach) helps to give a "pulse" of where things are at. Every couple of years, it's worthwhile doing an audit of your ministry. The purpose of an audit is to give an accurate snapshot of where things are at. It takes your

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