Labos d'apprentissage

ALBERTA (CALGARY)
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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

YOUTH CULTURE FLYOVER: MEGATRENDS EVERY YOUTH WORKER MUST KNOW + ADDRESS

What are the cultural forces shaping the values, attitudes, and behaviors of students living in today’s world? In this practical and hope-filled Learning Lab, veteran youth-culture analyst Walt Mueller will overview and critique some of the most powerful cultural realities. Walt will also detail strategies for guiding students through these forces in a manner that will allow you to help your students realize their created purpose and live life to the glory of God.

Walt Mueller

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, 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

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 + Jason Ballard

CYWC, Bio

TOWARDS A NEW KIND OF YOUTH MINISTRY

What does it mean to actually think through the common terms in youth ministry? Discipleship? Leadership Training? Outreach? Can our expectations for youth ministry actually move from change management to transformation? What are the right three questions to ask to move towards a youth ministry that involves sustainable life change?

Matt Wilks

Founder and CEO, Baseline Ministries

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?

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

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

Brody Jespersen

Sherwood Park Alliance Church, Bio

WHY JESUS NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR

Convergence is when three unexpected things come together. Spiritual gifts, spiritual disciplines and unusual works of the Spirit (revival) converge to form the authentic Christian life. What we will explore is how Jesus modeled these three factors in convergence. Jesus is not just Saviour and Lord but also our Model and that truth changes everything for you personally, your church and the area God has placed you.

Jon Thompson

Lead Pastor, Sanctus Church

INVITED. CELEBRATED. NEEDED. INCLUDING TEENS WITH DISABILITIES IN OUR CHURCH COMMUNITIES

What does it mean to create a space of belonging for teenagers with disabilities? Does this even matter? Today 10-15% of teenagers are diagnosed with a disability or special need and desperately struggle to find community, friendship and a place they feel included. The church has an incredible opportunity to make a huge impact in this marginalized community that exists in our own backyards. Here we'll discuss practical tips that will make a life-changing impact.

Kathy Dubbeldam

Capernaum Ministry Director, Young Life Canada

SMALL CHURCH/RURAL YOUTH MINISTRY

What are the right things to do when you have limited resources or a small group of students? What are the three different kinds of relationships that we need to develop with students? How do we understand the student context that always keep changing? What does programming look like and how do we recruit more volunteers to expand our ministry? Is there a way to actually plan what the end product could be for what we are hoping to accomplish with students?

Matt Wilks

Founder and CEO, Baseline Ministries

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