Equipping

Youth and Children’s Worker Seminars

April 6, 2019

Aylmer Full Gospel Church

344 Talbot St E, Aylmer, ON

Cost: $45 each or $40 for 10 or more from the same church.

If the seminar is 24 hours or less away, registration cost is $50.

Speakers & Sessions

Ryan Harmon

Youth Pastor, Lakemount Worship Centre, Grimsby, ON

Photo of Ryan Harmon.

Ryan and his wife, Jenna serve as Youth Pastors at Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, ON. Ryan grew up in the prairies of Alberta, but later followed the call of God south to study at Portland Bible College, and it’s there that He discovered his passion for studying the Bible and communicating the Gospel. Ryan is passionate about the youth of Canada encountering Jesus and becoming aware of His presence in their everyday lives. A few of Ryan’s favourite things to do include road-trips, exploring, creating the ultimate Spotify playlist and secretly listening to Justin Bieber.

Sessions

Communicating to Students

In this session we'll discuss what it looks like to reach Generation Z, work with Millennial's and speak the language of today's students. It turns out the Bible isn't outdated and neither are you!

Leveraging Technology in Youth Ministry

Student ministry might look different in 2019 than it did in 1998, but that doesn't mean that hope is lost! Come hear about some exciting ways and resources that can help your ministry onto the fast-track to reach today's high-speed students.

Presence Driven Youth Ministry

Can I be an effective youth worker AND keep Jesus as the main thing? If you've asked yourself this question, you're not alone. In this session we're going to look at what Jesus has to say about reaching students and how the Presence of God is able to radically transform your youth ministry.

Larry Moore- Calgary, AB

Executive Director of United Youth Outreach, Calgary, AB

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Larry has been involved in youth ministry for over 35 years, and is presently the Executive Director of United Youth Outreach, the covering for Equipping. Larry’s heart is to see young people won to Christ, developed into powerful disciples and sent out as influencers for the Kingdom of Light. He believes that one of the best ways we can see this happen is to influence those who influence students — Youth Leaders. Larry is married to Sandra and they have 4 children: Adam, Greg, Luke and Daniel, as well as, two beautiful granddaughters, Winifred and Willow, and 1 furboy: Baxter The Wonderdog. He also continues to believe that one day the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup (A man of faith indeed)!

Sessions

Are We Making a Difference?

At his trial, Socrates is credited with the statement, "An unexamined life is not worth living." Though this may have meant something different for him, Christian leaders owe it to their Father to actively examine their lives and ministries to see if they are bearing fruit. But what are the guideposts for this and how do we really know? Larry will examine a number of points that a we can use to examine our ministry well, in light of scripture. This is crucial for youth ministry if we value having biblical outcomes.

Rick Wengel- High River, AB

Program Coordinator - Equipping, Calgary, AB

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Rick is presently serving in Equipping, a Youth and Children’s Worker training seminar based out of United Youth Outreach. He has served in youth ministry for over 30 years and has a passion for students to experience a living relationship with Christ that will change their life and their world. Rick is married with 3 married children and has 6 grandkids. His favourite sport is hockey, which makes him truly Canadian.

Sessions

Heart to Heart

Connecting with youth on another level, "Ministering to youth in such a way as to bring lifetime changes".

Christie Penner Worden

Kids Ministry Director, WMB Church, Waterloo, ON

Photo of Christie Penner Worden.

Christie Penner is the full-time director of Kids Ministry at WMB Church in Waterloo, Ontario. She is also involved as a writer and a speaker for the International Network of Children’s Ministry (INCM). Christie has an infectious love for children and all that the Father has for them! She is married to her husband of sixteen years, Matthew, and they have three kids. Ruby (12), Benaiah (10) and Elliotte (7). She is excited to be ministering at Equipping!

Sessions

Gospel Fluency

I am currently inspired by a Melissa MacDonald quote: "Kids don't need a good story, they need a good Jesus." What I often see in kids church leaders is a great aptitude for story telling, crafts, games and relationship building (which is incredibly important). However, gospel fluency is not only less articulate than ever, it is tricky and a little scary for leaders to sit with. If their own walk isn't footed in the gospel, it becomes increasingly difficult to share. I have some tools that i have designed with our camp director that allow us to not only engage the conversation with kids of any age, but tackle some of the hard things the world is throwing at us that don't make sense to our kids. For example, God's plan is always good, even when it doesn't feel good.

Millennial Parents

When we look at how to train up the leaders of our littlest ones (nursery-preschool), we need to be ever mindful of who their parents are. Almost all babies and little ones entering our churches are kids of millennials. This misunderstood and often criticized generation not only needs a second look, but could be a power house of volunteer resources, if their passion for parenting was leveraged for kingdom purpose.

Customer Service

We live in a consumeristic world that has broad expectations about what customer service should look like in various aspects of our lives. We also need to be mindful of how those expectations outside of the church impact how newcomers are received or how they feel received or welcome. What communicates hospitality? What makes families feel safe or welcome? How can we do much in our impact by changing little (and spending even less!)?

Intentional Discipleship and the Kingdom Value of Mentorship

Co lead by Christie Worden and Emma Fretz

When we choose to be disciples of Christ, we have the best examples in scripture of how to walk closely, follow footsteps, and learn from someone who has gone before us. What if we intentionally did for someone else, what Jesus modelled for us, in His relationship with His disciples? What does it look like to engage in intentional discipleship today, in a world of independence, self-reliance and Google? What does it mean to authentically make the way smoother for someone else and give leadership away?

Sheep-Herding 101

Leading your flock on Sunday morning can feel more like herding cats than shepherding sheep. But what did Jesus mean when he referred to us as sheep anyway? Together we will unpack intentional discipleship, and shepherding, for kids, no matter their fit in the flock?

Emma Fretz

Program Coordinator, Wumba Kids Camp, Waterloo, ON

Photo of Emma Fretz.

Emma is a high energy, loud talking, hooked on Jesus girl whose dream is to see kids not only know the uncompromising truths of the Gospel in their heads, but for them to be transformed from the inside out by the power of the Holy Spirit. As Program Coordinator of Wumba Kids Camp, Emma has had the opportunity to train youth and young adult leaders in 2 continents to share the Gospel with children through camp ministry. In her spare time, Emma is a student at the University of Waterloo in Health Studies and French, teaches calligraphy and art workshops through her business Emma Fretz Designs, and volunteers at her church in Kids Ministry, as a Worship Leader, and as a Youth Leader. (No, she does not sleep at the church)! She is a jack of all trades, and a "down for anything" kind of gal, and is looking forward to the adventures that God has planned for her life with great anticipation.

Sessions

Intentional Discipleship and the Kingdom Value of Mentorship

Co lead by Christie Worden and Emma Fretz

When we choose to be disciples of Christ, we have the best examples in scripture of how to walk closely, follow footsteps, and learn from someone who has gone before us. What if we intentionally did for someone else, what Jesus modelled for us, in His relationship with His disciples? What does it look like to engage in intentional discipleship today, in a world of independence, self-reliance and Google? What does it mean to authentically make the way smoother for someone else and give leadership away?