Youth and Children’s Worker Seminars

March 23, 2018

Eston College

730 1 St E, Eston, SK

The price of this seminar is included in the cost of Eston College’s Encounter conference.

Speakers & Sessions

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, they have 4 children: Adam, Greg, Luke, Daniel, 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).


Maximizing Our Work

Every day gives everyone 24 hours in which to accomplish their goals, so the next obvious question is how do we use that time effectively? Whether you’re paid or volunteer, you can advance your youth ministry in a massive way if you simply focus on 1 thing: doing Deep Work. In this session, we’ll apply the principles from Cal Newports groundbreaking book, "To be the best steward of time in our calling".

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.


How to stay in ministry for the long haul

Everyone experiences the desire to pack it in some days, so how do you deal with those feelings? There are lots of issues that will push you to quit, such as not being paid enough, having a vision that’s bigger than your group, etc. Rick will talk about what you can do to both strengthen and lengthen your call in ministry.

Jori Stockdale - Regina, SK

Associate Pastor of Next Generation, Regina, SK

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Jori Stockade has been working with youth, on staff at the Regina Apostolic Church, for over ten years, and has transitioned into serving as the Next Gen. Pastor, overseeing ministries to families and students ages O to 18. In the last year, she received her Masters in Children's, Youth and Family Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University. Jori loves seeing the next generation be passionate followers of Jesus, enjoying time with her family, and laughing with friends!


Significant Conversations in Student Ministry

Every leader comes to a moment when they don’t know what to say next. Maybe it’s in response to a difficult question, a challenging situation, or a current event. From theology to sexual identity, abuse to self-harm, and friends to family issues, we all get stumped from time to time. Through a brief overview of guiding principles for having critical conversations as well as an opportunity for other veteran leader voices, we’ll unpack what to say when you don’t know what to say.

Have Fun with Purpose

Kids love and know how to have fun. But from games to dunk tanks, fun can be hard work! That's why it's vital to think through the "how's" and "why's" of play in children's ministry. Not enough fun means disconnected kids—but fun at the wrong time can be a distraction. Join us for a serious(ly fun) exploration of the role fun can play in theming your children's environment, meeting learning and discipleship goals, as well as building relationships through fun. Hopefully this class will help you have fun . . . on and for a purpose!

Monty Johnson, Assiniboine, SK

Businessman – Assiniboia, SK

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Monty was born and raised near Assiniboia, SK. He studied Youth and Pastoral Ministry for three years at Eston College. Following his time in Eston, he worked in youth ministry at Churchill Park Full Gospel Fellowship in Saskatoon. He returned to the farm in Assiniboia, with his wife Kimberley, where they raised their 3 children, who are now grown and serving Jesus. Monty is involved in numerous aspects of ministry through his local church, as well as Kedleston Gospel Camp, and serving on the Board of directors at Eston College. Monty will bring a message of encouragement to those who are in the process of discovering what it looks like to operate in the business world, while doing the work of the kingdom.


Can Volunteers Really Make a Difference in Youth Ministry?

In the Canadian church, most people feel that the best template for youth ministry leadership is a full-time, paid staff member. With 80% of church attendance being less than 100 people, this is an unlikely reality for many congregations. Is it really possible for a volunteer to lead the youth ministry in your local church and make a lasting difference? Monty will bring the perspective of someone who has attended the same church all of his life, and as a businessman, has made a difference in the lives of many students in his local assembly.

Josh Chalmers- Eston, SK

Faculty – Eston College, Eston, SK – Biblical Studies

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Josh is a teacher at Eston College. One of his favorite verses is Jude 1:22, which says: "Be merciful to those who doubt." Faith isn't always easy in our post-Christian world, which is why Josh loves encouraging the ministry of apologetics. Come to Josh's session and be equipped to make your Bible teaching more helpful to the doubters in your youth ministry.


Strange Days

Youth Ministry and Apologetics in the New Millennium

John Lennon of the Beatles coined the phrase “Strange Days Indeed” in one of his songs, and this description surely fits the days we are living in today. How do we equip our students to be prepared for the insanity of this new world where everything we seemed to believe is up for grabs? One of the most important things we can do for our students is to help them prepare to defend their faith. We¹re excited to have Josh share his heart and some resources on this great need in youth ministry today.