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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

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

ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE IN RECONCILIATION AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

What does the word Reconciliation mean in our Canadian church context? How do followers of Jesus approach the Truth and Reconciliation in a way that honours the complex history of the relationship between Indigenous people and the church? This session will explore practical ways to engage young people in reconciliation by pondering how we can become better neighbours. Dallas and Tara will share experiences and bring ideas with hopes of catalyzing you to consider ways that churches can embody Jesus to build healthy relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and be a part of reconciliation in your contexts.

Tara Anderson + Dallas Pelly

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

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

Sarah Stanley

Trinity Church, 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

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

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

Curtis Anderson

Lakeview 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

PRACTICING HOSPITALITY IN YOUTH MINISTRY

Practicing Hospitality: the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love others. Hospitality is a way that we literally follow in Jesus’ footsteps, laying down our lives in service and thoughtfulness of another. Our service to children and youth is an investment into the church. I want to share my story of how the church served me when I was a youth without God, ways that we can practice hospitality in youth groups, why its practice is vital in building relationships, and give opportunity for those attending the workshop to share their best hospitality practices in their youth groups.

Tara Martens

Residence Director, Briercrest College

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

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

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.

Chandra Styles & Kristin Clark

Forest Grove Church & Mint Counselling, Bio

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