Equipping

Youth and Children’s Worker Seminars

May 5, 2018

Regina Apostolic Church

808 Assiniboine Ave E, Regina, SK

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

Matt Ball- Edmonton, AB

Youth Ministry Institute Director At Vanguard College

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Matt is the Youth Ministry institute Director at Vanguard. He began his youth ministry career in 1995 while attending Bible College. He has worked in youth ministry at five different churches across Canada, serving in rural, suburban and urban settings. He loves youth ministry and has a desire to see youth pastors train and lead the next generation into a relationship with Christ. He is married to Tammy and they have three children.

Sessions

Meet Generation Z

Move over Millennials here comes Gen Z. This talk will explore those born between 1995 – present, and explore how they differ from Millennials and how youth ministries can be effective in ministering to this generation.

Cultivating Community

Students are looking for a place where people know who they are and that they are cared for and encouraged in their lives. Youth ministry is an opportunity to demonstrate what true biblical community can look like. This talk will look at ways to create effective community in your youth ministries.

Youth Issues

Today’s teens face a variety of issues and problems that can be both difficult to navigate and overwhelming at times. The challenge for youth pastors and workers is how to effectively address these issues. This workshop will examine some of the issues facing this generation and seek to recognize and discern them through a biblical lens.

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).

Sessions

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".

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.

Sessions

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.

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!

Sessions

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!

Rob Clark - Saskatoon, SK

Children's Pastor, Elim Church

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Rob is married to Sherilyn for 30 years. They have four children, a daughter-in-law, two grand dogs and a grand kitty. He is a big Disney fan. Rob is a Children's Pastor in Saskatoon.

Sessions

Do all things so you are strong - what do I do?

Children’s leaders can become tired fast. Learn to take some time to take care of yourself. Sounds simple but it’s not. Learn a few steps to become stronger.

I have to love people - wait, what?

We are surrounded by different personality types, both paid and volunteer. We need to navigate ourselves carefully with the people God has given to us. God gives us people to equip and encourage.

Loving children with special needs and some other stuff

The most overlooked community that would love inclusion in our churches is the special needs community. The spectrum is huge and this is only an introduction. Learn that God will give us strength to love this community.

Jo-Anne Pullar - Regina, SK

Early Childhood and Preschool Director at Regina Apostolic Church

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Jo-Anne graduated from the University of Augustana with a degree in Bachelor of Performing Arts with a Minor in World Religion. She has worked as an ESL teacher in both Taiwan and South Korea, and upon returning to Canada, she has worked in a variety of positions specific to daycare and children’s ministry. Jo-Anne is presently the Early Childhood and Preschool Director at Regina Apostolic Church.

Sessions

Planning for the Second Visit

If you’ve ever had a bad experience attending a new church for the first time, you realize that it makes it a lot harder to go back again. It’s the same for children when it comes to their first experience in your kids ministry. In this session we will spend time thinking through a child’s visit from the moment they walk through the door until the last goodbye. This session will help you make sure that they return, and that each visit is as great as their first one!