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Learning Labs 1 – Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm

HELPING TEENAGERS IN CRISIS

Most of the kids we work with are hurting much more deeply than we or they are willing to admit. They face the deep wounds of betrayed trust, broken relationships, and out-of-control behaviours. The purpose of this Learning Lab is to affirm the significant role that you can have as a caring, involved, non-parental adult in the life of a teenager in crisis. Marv will give you some practical help in determining appropriate responses to some of the wild stuff you encounter with kids and you’ll be introduced to a number of basic but important people-helping skills.

This Learning Lab will explore one of the Core Competencies that we believe are important to be a well-equipped youth worker. LEARN MORE

Marv Penner

CYWC, Bio

LEADING A SMALL GROUP

If you lead a small group, you believe in the power of community. You believe that the teenagers in your group need the unique kind of influence that you offer. But what exactly do you do? What exactly is your job?

It’s possible that you may feel lost at times. Are you supposed to get through every question on this list? How do you navigate the off-topic conversations? Who’s job is it to discipline any misbehaviours?

Let’s clarify your responsibility as you lead a small group by establishing some common actions of successful group leaders so you can be more confident heading into your group this week.

This Learning Lab will explore one of the Core Competencies that we believe are important to be a well-equipped youth worker. LEARN MORE

Curtis Anderson

Lakeview Church, Bio

MEDIA.FAITH.CULTURE

As Christians, we need to actively be involved with our culture without blindly accepting it as true. Pascal said it wonderfully, “The greatest enemy of the spiritual life was inattention, complacency.” No more thoughtless watching. No more thoughtless listening. No more thoughtless online activity. No more thoughtless anything… Christianity is a strategic, intentional daily pursuit.

Brett Ullman

Worlds Apart, Bio

PERSONAL DISCIPLINES OF A SPIRITUALLY + EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY YOUTH WORKER

Perhaps you’ve heard it said that the greatest tool for ministry you have is your own life, lived authentically and passionately for Jesus. But how can you cultivate rich personal disciplines so that you are able to do ministry from a life that is full of spiritual and emotional health? This Learning Lab will explore tools and practices that will help you care for your own soul so you are better equipped to minister to students.

This Learning Lab will explore one of the Core Competencies that we believe are important to be a well-equipped youth worker. LEARN MORE

Tim Gonsalves

Alpha Canada, Bio

MESSING WITH MY HEAD: UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH + YOUTH

When we talk about vulnerable teens, those with mental health difficulties find themselves near the front of the line. So what does a youth worker who cares about them need to know to walk with these kids well? In this Learning Lab we will explore practical frameworks and tools so that you'll be more equipped to help and care for the teens you know who are wrestling with their mental health.

Iona Snair

LifeTeams, Bio

Q&A: THINKING REDEMPTIVELY ABOUT MINISTRY WITH STUDENTS WHO IDENTIFY IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

As sexuality and gender become such areas of focus in our culture, what are you and your ministry wrestling with? What fears or challenges do you have? You have questions and unique situations, so let’s talk about them.

Sid Koop

CYWC | Truth Matters Ministries, Bio

Learning Labs 2 – Saturday 1:00pm-1:45pm

CROWD SOURCED LEARNING LAB

 

You have ideas that need to be shared across the country, so for the first time ever at CYWC we are turning the tables and making YOU** the communicator in our Learning Labs. On Saturday, you’ll be able to select from one of the following questions to join in and give us your answers, ideas, thoughts, or suggestions. You’ll also get a chance to hear from other youth workers who have ideas that we know you’ll want to learn from. Then, at the end of the weekend, we’ll compile all the ideas into one master document of brilliance and ship it back to you. 

**Special note to all the introverts that are now nervous and sweaty, thinking someone is going to make them talk in front of a crowd of strangers -- participation by giving ideas is purely voluntary. =)

How do I connect with the teen who has disconnected from your group?

How do I help students get the most out of events and experiences?

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How do I create bridges over transition times in my teens' lives?

How do I challenge the teen who is clearly making unwise choices with their sexuality?

How do I make our mission trip a big win for our ministry and our teens?

How do I initiate spontaneous fun in the unexpected moments of youth ministry?

How do I plan a great talk or Bible study in under an hour?

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What do I do with a kid who is acting out and causing chaos in my group?

Learning Labs 3 – Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm

PASSING ON SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES TO TEENAGERS

You know that your teenagers should be developing their own spiritual disciplines and practices, but how do you encourage them to take that step? How can you move from just telling them about a relationship with the Living God and instead actually help them discover and grow in that relationship themselves? In this session we will explore the real ways that you can model spiritual practices so students can grow to apply them into their own lives.

This Learning Lab will explore one of the Core Competencies that we believe are important to be a well-equipped youth worker. LEARN MORE

Roger Reid

Youth Specialist, Hillside Baptist Church

THE JESUS FORMULA

Jesus lead the greatest rescue mission in history and launched a movement that continues to change our world. The same “why” and “how’s” of His ministry can radically transform ours and set us up to leave a lasting impact.

Mike Millar

Lead Pastor, Nova Church

Q&A: SELF HARM + SUICIDE

Do you have teenagers in your ministry struggling with self harm or suicide? What fears or challenges do you have with helping hurting students? You have questions and unique situations, so let's talk about them.

Marv Penner + Curtis Anderson

Bio

GROWING A MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH A TEENAGER FROM A-Z

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, yet 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 Learning Lab 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.

This Learning Lab will explore one of the Core Competencies that we believe are important to be a well-equipped youth worker. LEARN MORE

Andy Broad

Associate Pastor of Students & Leadership Development, Kings Church

CANNABIS: CATCHING UP ON THE CONVERSATION

What should you know about cannabis (marijuana)? How are you supposed to engage in conversations about cannabis as a follower of Jesus? What about engaging in these conversations with the teenagers in our groups -- how should you approach the conversation? In this lab, we will discuss all aspects of cannabis: chemical make-up, effects, statistics, the positives, the negatives, legalization, and the teachings of our Biblical authors.

Cody Matchett

College Chaplain, Briercrest College + Seminary

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