905.869.0251 info@truthmatters.ca

Locations

BC INTERIOR

KELOWNA
Oct 25-26/19

MANITOBA

WINNIPEG
Nov 1-2/19

QUEBEC

MONTREAL
Nov 8-9/19

ATLANTIC CANADA

MONCTON
Nov 15-16/19

SASKATCHEWAN

SASKATOON
Jan 24-25/20

BC LOWER MAINLAND

VANCOUVER
Feb7-8/20

ALBERTA

CALGARY
Mar 6-7/20

Pre-Conference Intensive
Anxiety + Mental Health

Learning Lab Categories

Community Youth Workers

This is an opportunity for you to gain some understanding of the tough issues vulnerable young people face – and some skills to step into their lives with the love of Jesus. It can be intimidating to approach young people who are outside the doors of the church – and many of those inside as well – but we’d like to give you some places to start.

Hot Topic

Hitting the most current issues you’re encountering in your youth ministry. Information and then discussion to help you process how to deal with the issue in your own context.

Soul Care

You give so much of yourself to your youth week in and week out. Taking time to care for your own soul is just as important as caring for the souls of your youth. Learn and practice new and ancient practices to refresh your spirit.

Discipleship

You know how important it is to teach youth the way to follow Jesus. These sessions give you really practical tips to guide you as you train the youth in your care to follow in His footsteps daily.

Niche Youth

It’s hard to know how to journey well with youth who don’t seem to fit into stereotypical molds. Discover ways to both integrate and specially lead these youth so they know they are loved.

Q&A Panel

Wouldn’t you love to grill a youth ministry veteran on some of the bigger questions? Here’s your chance! The topic will frame the session, and you get to help guide the discussion with your questions. Ask away!

Core Competencies

Essential Tools for Every Youth Leader. We’ve developed a set of six learning labs that will be available over the next 3 years at CYWC events. We’ll be offering two each year, meaning that after three years, having attended all six, we’ll be a well-equipped youth leader with some of the most essential skills and tools for your calling.

Connecting Well – How to Build a Solid Relationship With a Teenager

Of all the skills necessary to be effective in youth ministry, none is more important than this one. Relationships are the bridges over which meaningful youth ministry happens. If there is no relationship, there is no opportunity for positive influence. Unfortunately, relationships between adults and young people do not happen automatically – in fact, there are often hurdles of misunderstanding, mistrust and suspicion (in both directions) that must be addressed before meaningful relationships can happen. Everything our research is telling us is that adolescents who have a healthy, positive relationship with a non-parental adult do better in almost every area of life. This practical module will explore ways to begin, build, and maintain healthy relationships with teenagers and will look at ways those relationships can become the context for effective disciple making.

A Place to Belong – Creating Healthy Community in Your Youth Ministry

In a world where virtual community has become the the norm, and digital membership comes with digital benefits our ministries have the potential to become oases of authenticity and face-to-face connectedness. We were created for community and when we experience it, something resonates deeply in each of us. This core module will help youth workers understand why providing a place for adolescents to belong is absolutely crucial from a developmental perspective.  We will introduce a theological framework for healthy community and learn how to bring correction when our group is no longer a safe place for everyone.  We will discover how learning together, worshiping together, serving together, and playing together, result in a growing sense of one-ness. Community cannot be mandated from the top down. Everyone is responsible to proactively contribute to the spirit of “one another” that the Scripture calls us to.  Participants will walk away with the tools they need to help this youth ministry “essential” happened well.

Think Small – How to Lead a Small Group Well

This core skill is as fundamental as it gets. Over the last few decades, youth workers have recognized the enormous value of reducing ratios for more effective learning and relational outcomes. Most youth ministries move students into small groups on a regular basis…. and most of those groups are led by volunteer youth workers who may or may not have the training and experience to manage the dynamics of small group gatherings. This workshop will equip small group leaders with the tools they need to lead a group well. By the end of this training module, participants will understand how, and why small groups work, how to keep a group on task, how to frame a discussion that involves everyone, and how to deal with some of the challenging personalities who can take a lot of the joy out of leading. The focus will be on study/discussion groups but the principles will apply to small groups of almost every kind.

The Marvellous, Messy, Mysterious Years - A Volunteer's Guide to Understanding Adolescent Development

 They are not big children who just haven’t grown up yet.  Nor are they little adults who just need to get rid of some of the childlikeness that seems to have hung on.  They are adolescents – an unpredictable, sometimes chaotic, fusion of child and adult that mystifies people  who don’t understand the complexity of adolescent transitions.  There are a lot of really big changes going on – some visible and some invisible – each of them impacting the others in ways that make every adolescent’s journey unique.   Physical, emotional, relational, cognitive, hormonal, and social transitions – all impacting the spiritual journey of a teenager in ways we may not be conscious of…  unless, we have taken the time to be equipped to understand what’s going on. This workshop will explore not only the “what” of adolescent development, but the “so what.”  Youth workers  who are equipped to understand what makes adolescents tick are more effective in virtually every area of ministry responsibility.

Helping Hurting Kids - Walking and Working With Bruised, Bullied, and Broken Teenagers

There may have been a time in the history of youth ministry when coming up with a great new crowd-breaker, or finding a creative new use for duct tape looked like success. If those days ever did exist, they are now long gone. Youth workers today find themselves dealing with complex issues like broken families, identity distortions, emotional upheaval, addictive behaviours, and suicidal thoughts and gestures.  Small ratio ministry structures lead to higher levels of trust. Higher trust leads to deeper disclosure. Deeper disclosure often leaves youth workers feeling ill-equipped and out of their depth. This workshop will provide youth workers with the practical tools needed to interact appropriately with a student who is sharing deep hurts and complex issues.  it will help participants determine whether they are able to deal with the situation alone or whether reporting/referring is the next appropriate step. We will discuss legal responsibilities as well as the often tricky issue of confidentiality. Being equipped with these core skills is a non-negotiable for every youth worker today.

Youth Culture 101 – Helping Youth Walk Well in the Complexity of Today’s Changing World

It’s the air they breathe. It’s the soup they swim in. It’s the world they occupy…  Use whichever metaphor you like, but the bottom line is that adolescents today are fully immersed in a culture that imposes its attitudes, its priorities, its rules, its language, its expectations, its spokespeople, and its values on them… often without them being aware of the profound impact it is having on every aspect of their lives.  Because it is an unfamiliar world to most adults, many teenagers have no choice but to find their way alone. This core training module is designed to provide youth workers with the lenses they need to view and comprehend contemporary culture in a way that will equip them to guide young people through the maze.  Jesus calls his disciples to be “in the world but not of it.”  Youth ministry today is cross-cultural missionary work.  We start by learning the language of culture and then find strategic ways to communicate the unchanging truth of God’s Word in the constantly changing culture of our day. 

☀ Camp Track

This year we are really excited to introduce our “camp youth workers track”. Camp creates a unique opportunity for thousands of youth and young adults to experience and hear the Gospel through relationships, creation and the Word every single day of the summer…let alone what happens throughout the rest of the year! We cannot imagine what the spiritual climate of our country would be without camp ministry.

We’re so thankful that Muskoka Woods has chosen to partner with us in creating a track to encourage and equip both full time and summer camp workers this year at each of our locations across Canada.

Learning Labs in this track will have ☀ labels. Go to your region to see all Camp Track Labs.

Schedule

Kelowna |Moncton | Saskatoon | Vancouver

Pre-Conference Intensive

FRIDAY

9:00 am Part 1
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Part 2
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Part 3
2:15 pm Break
2:30pm Part 4
4:30 pm Dismissal

Main Conference

FRIDAY

7:00 pm Main Session 1
9:00 pm Youth Workers Party

SATURDAY

9:00 am Main Session 2
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Learning Labs 1
11:45 am Lunch
12:30 pm Affinity Groups
1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Learning Labs 2
3:00pm Break
3:15 pm Main Session 3
4:30 pm Dismissal

Montreal - Nov 18/17

Pre-Conference Intensive

FRIDAY

9:00 am Part 1
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Part 2
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Part 3
2:15 pm Break
2:30pm Part 4
4:30 pm Dismissal

Main Conference

SATURDAY

9:00 am Main Session 2
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Learning Labs 1
11:45 am Lunch
12:30 pm Affinity Groups
1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Learning Labs 2
3:00pm Break
3:15 pm Main Session 3
4:30 pm Dismissal

Winnipeg | Calgary

Pre-Conference Intensive

FRIDAY

9:00 am Part 1
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Part 2
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Part 3
2:15 pm Break
2:30pm Part 4
4:30 pm Dismissal

Main Conference

FRIDAY

7:00 pm Main Session 1
9:00 pm Youth Workers Party

SATURDAY

8:30 am Main Session 2
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Learning Labs 1
11:15 am Lunch
12:00 pm Affinity Groups
1:15 pm Break
1:30 pm Learning Labs 2
2:30pm Break
2:45 pm Main Session 3
4:00 pm Dismissal

Partnering with CYWC

 

When you partner with CYWC, you become part of the CYWC family of organizations from across Canada who love youth workers and want to help make an eternal difference. This is your chance to meet and interact with youth workers, encourage and pray for them, talk with them, and to even take in a Learning Lab or Main Session with them. 

If you have more questions or want to become a partner, email Rachel at partners@cywc.ca or call her at 905.869.0251.

**CYWC Regional Training is GST exempt.

FAQs

What does CYWC stand for? (and what's its history?)

CYWC stands for Canadian Youth Workers Conference.

Darian Kovaks lead the first Canadian Youth Workers Convention in 2007 in Vancouver, BC, as a collaboration between Youth Specialties and Canada Fire. It originally began as a once a year national conference that rotated between Vancouver and Toronto. In 2009, Marv Penner became the president of Youth Specialties Canada and he and Lois Penner ran the conference until 2013. In 2013, Marv partnered with Sid Koop and Truth Matters Ministries, and CYWC became a regional conference in 6 different locations across Canada, and expanded to 7 in 2017-18.

Our Challenge, Purpose + Mission

Challenge: Youth workers, next to parents, have the potential to play the most significant role in an adolescent’s spiritual formation. Teens desperately need significant adults journeying with them as they move through this time of overwhelming transition, and along with the paid youth workers, a great deal of the relational work is shared by volunteers. The reality is that often the least equipped individuals (our volunteers) are carrying heavy relational responsibilities. Our goal is to give both paid and volunteer youth workers the tools they need for maximum effectiveness.

Purpose: Loving youth by serving and celebrating youth workers across Canada.

Mission: To better equip at least 1200 volunteer and 300 paid youth workers by delivering accessible, affordable, and practical youth ministry resources and training in a relationally rich and theologically infused environment in seven regions across our country every year.

 

Is lunch provided?

Yes! We will be providing lunch for attendees on Friday AND Saturday! We want you to stay together as a team, visit our partners and exhibitors and get to know other people in youth ministry in your region. The cost for lunch is included in your registration. While we strive to have some vegetarian and gluten free options available, we are not able to accommodate all food restrictions.

Who is CYWC for?

CYWC is a conference for anyone who is involved in youth ministry. You may be a community youth worker, a youth pastor or director (paid staff), or a volunteer youth pastor/director or small group leader, program director, counsellor, or a senior pastor invested in your church’s youth ministry, or perhaps a parent of youth, or a teacher….it’s a big group! If you are passionate about awakening the lives of students through the Truth of Jesus Christ within youth ministry in your local context, then we want you to come to the nearest CYWC event.

Refunds/Weather cancellation policy

All payments made to Truth Matters Ministries (CYWC Regional Training events)  are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the CYWC event you registered for, you may transfer your registration to a different person. If you need to cancel the registration, all payments made are non-refundable. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Rachel at 905-869-0251 or info@truthmatters.ca.

If we are unable to host an event due to weather conditions, payments cannot be refunded. If an event is hosted as scheduled and your group cancels or reduces numbers due to weather conditions, all payments are non-refundable.