Learning Labs

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

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 | YFC, 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

Chandra Styles

Forest Grove Community Church, 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

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 help students get the most out of events and experiences?

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

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

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

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

Jeremy MacDonald

CYWC, Bio

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

Forest Grove Church, Bio

YOUTH MINISTRY + CAMP MINISTRY = BIG WINS

When you have goals of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development, a strong partnership between youth ministry and camp ministry is an extremely strategic tool. This learning lab will focus on reexploring, redefining, and reestablishing this partnership.

Jonathan Kornelsen

Student Ministries Pastor, Central Community Church

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