Hello Pastors, Youth Leaders and Congregations,

    Please help us share about the Emerge program with Grade 9, 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.  


    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.
    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.  (The event costs are covered by CCOGM once you arrive at Deer Valley Meadows).

    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.  Leadership at CCOGM events.



     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 Canadian Church of God Ministries and the student leaders so that:

    • Students feel valued
    • Students are resourced
    • Students are encouraged

     Connecting student leaders across our region 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 our region 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 

    For questions on our Emerge Student Leadership program, contact our office at office@chog.ca


    Emerge Student Leadership