12 02, 2021

February 2021: Pastor Tip 1

By |2021-02-12T21:57:00-05:00February 12th, 2021|Pastor Tips|0 Comments

Tip 1: Register for Today's Teens  Today’s Teens Conference is the largest and currently the longest-running youth ministry training conference in Ontario. This year it will be presented entirely online and FOR FREE! The lineup includes plenary speakers like Finu Iype, Chris Chase, Lisa Pak and Brett Ullman. You’ll also get access to over 20+ breakout sessions and bonus materials. Even if you can’t make it to the entire event on Saturday, February 20, you can access everything afterwards on demand. 

25 10, 2020

Stretching, Wider Steps

By |2020-10-23T16:38:10-04:00October 25th, 2020|Alvin Lau, youth ministry thoughts|0 Comments

Many youth continue to look for ways to make a difference with their life. As the church that is invested in the lives of these young people, we desire to see them deepen their faith and develop the gifts and skills God’s entrusted to them. We care about their faith development.  One key question is: what could be a next step for them? In what area do they need help to stretch and grow as disciples of Christ? There are many ways your church can help facilitate next steps. It could be partnering youth (individually

16 09, 2020

Pastor Tip: Discuss with your children and youth leaders about integrating the monthly resources.

By |2020-09-16T13:58:54-04:00September 16th, 2020|Pastor Tips|0 Comments

It’s vital, as the pastor, to have an understanding of what’s happening in other ministries. It’s not to say you have to manage or organize these. At the very least, if someone asks you what’s happening in those ministries, you can share with confidence and redirect as needed.  With these resources, you can discuss with your children and youth leaders if/how they might use them. Perhaps they have a rationale not to use it; that’s fine. They

29 03, 2020

The Great “Reset”: making the most of the situation

By |2020-03-29T03:21:45-04:00March 29th, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

It’s been two weeks since students have been in their classrooms. Many have spent a LOT of time at home (likely a considerable amount in their rooms). Some go to their default past-time (whether it’s gaming, Netflix binging, Tik Tok videos to name a few), others complain of being bored (despite not being willing to do anything). There is a better way for students to use their time, and for you to encourage your youth in the process.    Before we start, a couple of considerations:  A person doesn’t need to tackle all 5 areas. Some may overlap. If any

7 10, 2019

Youth Pastors Retreat 2019

By |2019-08-19T22:18:20-04:00October 7th, 2019|, |0 Comments

Calling all CBOQ youth pastors and leaders to join together for three days of fellowship, networking and learning at Camp Kwasind. This year, we're focusing on Renegotiating Faith with one of the key authors, Rick Hiemstra (Evangelical Fellowship of Canada). Together, we'll delve deep into this research, discern how it impacts our local churches and across our region, and formulate some action steps out of this. Mike Janzen will lead

19 06, 2017

Youth and Digital Communication

By |2017-06-15T12:58:12-04:00June 19th, 2017|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

Your typical student is likely digitally connected, whether it’s through texting, social media, gaming or other channels. Some youth ministries embrace all these channels. Others would rather restrict them and get back to “real relationships” So how do you engage these digitally connected youth? First of all, let’s remember that for Generation Z, digital connections are just as real as in-person ones. For many students, their identity encompasses both the

30 05, 2017

National day of Prayer for Youth on June 11

By |2017-05-30T14:37:44-04:00May 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Generation Z is facing challenges that are similar to previous generations; there are others that are unique to this time and place. We are calling all Canadian Baptist churches to join in prayer on Sunday, June 11. The Canadian Baptist Youth team is inviting churches to pray with and for youth together. There are a myriad of ways to do this. You'll find some ideas both for your Sunday service

17 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 8

By |2017-03-17T03:01:58-04:00March 17th, 2017|DR 2017, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Cultural Day Before we left our hosts wanted us to soak in some more of the Dominican culture and explore what the city of Santo Domingo has to offer. We visited the Market, bartering for souvenirs and gifts for those back home. We toured the old city, the oldest European settlement in the New World. We also visited the Three Eyes, or Tres Ojos if you're from the Dominican Republic,

14 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 5

By |2017-03-14T00:49:01-04:00March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Back to work I was so happy to be a part of our team today. In the afternoon, we took a break from working and walked around the community of Villa Altagracia. We are the first people ever from the Lighthouse to work and walk around in that community. The people were so warm and welcoming to us. I can't wait to go back again and work tomorrow! -Brianna Today was a

12 03, 2017

CE-DR 2017: Day 4

By |2017-03-13T23:21:25-04:00March 12th, 2017|DR 2017, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sunday Sabbath Iglesia Cristiano de la Communidad Today we went to a Dominican church and it was great. Not too different from our church (Mimico Baptist) good music and so great to sing in a different language and it didn't feel weird at all. We got to give out candy to kids in the community they were all chasing after us.  It was great! -Jemma We went to

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