Hello Pastors, Youth Leaders and Congregations,
Please help us share about the Emerge program with Grade 10 & 11 students in your context that you feel would benefit from this Mentorship emphasis. In the life of the church you may have the opportunity to encourage a student to consider Emerge. The spring Emerge weekend is open for registration and will be held April 24-26th at Deer Valley Meadows Camp.
EMERGE STUDENT LEADERSHIP
EMERGE is a Mentorship initiative for High School Students throughout our network.
EMERGE is for students that show leadership potential and who take their walk with God seriously.
Our Youth Task Force developed this initiative several years ago and determined 3 values for Emerge.
1. To foster strong connections throughout our network and encourage young leaders. Students are required to seek out volunteer opportunities in their local church.
2. To provide opportunities for students to learn and grow in their leadership potential. Each year we facilitate the EMERGE retreat at Deer Valley Meadows Camp.
3. To see each student have an opportunity for discipleship by an adult mentor in their community. Each year EMERGE starts with a weekend retreat (This year's April 24-26 event has been cancelled and a November event is currently being planned. We cover the costs once you arrive at DVM).
Learning opportunities of EMERGE are:
Spiritual Gifts, Ministry style, Personality style, Spiritual disciplines, devotional preparation/leadership, meal prep, worship preparation/leadership, Service projects and more.
First Year Student Application link:
April 24-26 Emerge Weekend Registration link: The event for these dates has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Watch for November dates coming.
For more information: http://www.chog.ca/kidsyouth/emerge-program-events/
If you have any other questions, please contact one of the Youth Task Force:
EMERGE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Building up today’s young leaders
To come alongside students that exhibit leadership qualities and to encourage them to develop and utilize their God-given talents and gifts in God’s Kingdom and see them practically live out their call.
Creating strong connections between the Western Canadian Church of God and the student leaders so that:
- Students feel valued
- Students are resourced
- Students are encouraged
Connecting student leaders across Western Canada with each other through:
- Yearly Emerge Weekend
- Optional events: Youth Camp, Frostover, Youth Leaders Summit, etc.
- Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram
Discipling students, ensuring that:
- Each student is paired with a loving mentor within their congregation
- Monthly meetings occur with mentor to encourage and challenge student
- Accountability is present to help grow the student to Christ-likeness
To see students serving in their congregations and within Western Canadian Church of God so that we:
- Help students discover their role in the Kingdom
- Allow students to utilize their gifts and talents
- Provide opportunities to stretch their skill set
- Empower young people to lead
- Cast vision of where we need the young leaders
Resource mentors so that they can:
- Effectively mentor students
- Be connected to other mentors to share wisdom and resources
- Help students find meaningful opportunities to serve and lead
We are looking for students who:
- Are followers of Christ
- Display leadership qualities/abilities
- Have a desire to serve at a local Church of God congregation
- Desire to be mentored/discipled
Students’ responsibilities are to:
- Complete assigned reading(s)
- Meet with mentor monthly
- Complete quarterly feedback questionnaires
- Attend yearly Emerge weekend
- Serve in local congregation
- Be open to be held accountable to live a God-honoring life
We desire to see Mentors who:
- Are devoted followers of Christ
- Serve ideally in a local Church of God, but serving in another church is also acceptable
- Have the discipline and availability to meet with students monthly
- Are encouraging and edifying
- Have gone through Plan to Protect training and know its regulations
Mentors will be connected by:
- Knowing who other mentors are in the Emerge process
- Emails sent out monthly with updates
Mentors will be held accountable through quarterly connection with youth task force members designated for their region
- Mentors will be asked to complete an online feedback form quarterly.
Mentors will be given resources on how best to mentor their students
Mentors will ensure students are:
- Being challenged
- Serving in areas of leadership
Process – 3 year commitment – students/mentors will have an assigned reading to thoroughly study throughout the year. They will be the catalyst for discussion during monthly meetings.
- The Christian Atheist (Gross)
- Moravian Text - NT
- Radical (Platt)
- Moravian Text – NT, Ps
- Follow Me (Platt)
- Moravian Text – NT, Ps, OT
Youth Task Force Roles
- Mentor Accountability – according to regions, youth task force members will have quarterly contact with mentors, encouraging them and resourcing them. Mentors will be able to contact their YTF member for support at any time.
- Plan and facilitate Emerge weekend
- Approve applicants and mentors
- Send monthly emails to remind and encourage students/mentors and to provide them with relevant information for the month’s meetings
- Update social media to keep students and mentors connected
- Follow up with Emerge graduates
EMERGE Weekend Event
- Take part in all planned activities
2. 1st year responsibilities
- Create meal plan
- Grocery shopping
- Prepare meals
- Take Spiritual Gift Inventory
3. 2nd year responsibilities
- Give guidance to 1st years regarding meal preparation
- Prepare devotions and study times for weekend
- Cleanup after meals
- Take Personality Test
4. 3rd year responsibilities
- Reflect on first two years of Emerge
- Give input and ideas to plan next year's Emerge
- 5-fold ministry
5. 4th year responsibilities
- Assist Youth Task Force in leading the weekend
- 1-on-1 time to debrief Spiritual Gift / Personality Test
Sunday – 2nd-3rd year to share what God has been doing in their lives