Canadian Church of God Ministries



Emerge Leaders

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.

1st year

  • The Christian Atheist (Gross)
  • Moravian Text - NT

2nd year

  • Radical (Platt)
  • Moravian Text – NT, Ps

3rd year

  • 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

      1. Students

  • 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

      6. Mentors/Leaders

  • 1-on-1 time to debrief Spiritual Gift / Personality Test

Sunday – 2nd-3rd year to share what God has been doing in their lives

 If you have any questions, please contact one of our Youth Task Force Members

Dave Van Roon -
Chad Brundage
Leah Holmes –
Syd Bergsma –