This workshop is designed for youth workers/leaders and will dive into how we can build faith, develop spiritual depth, and encourage Biblical Engagement in the rising generation. We’ll talk about how we can reinforce our own spiritual leadership so that we are living and leading out of our own faith journeys and inviting our students to engage in their own. It matters that youth workers/leaders are leading a life of integrity, not perfection. We’re all works in progress and that’s the strength of what we can offer to our rising generation.
Reverend Lisa Pak currently serves as the Global Strategist for Finishing The Task (FTT). Her previous experience includes serving as the Regional Director for Ontario and Nunavut at the Canadian Bible Society in addition to 14 years of pastoral ministry and church experience in the United States, South Korea, Singapore and Canada with a particular focus among the Korean Diaspora community. She is a second-generation Korean Canadian and Toronto native, ordained by the Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions (KAICAM). She holds a MDiv and a MABL from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled at Tyndale Seminary in the Doctor of Ministry program. Lisa has traveled globally and is passionate about diaspora communities and mobilizing the young generation for the Gospel.
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Building Spiritual Depth and Biblical Engagement in Youth Today
(Zoom platform; Live & Recorded; 45 mins w/ 10 mins Q&A)
Leading from Authenticity
- You cannot give what you do not have.
- You cannot teach what you do not know.
- Leading from your own life experiences.
- Leading from your own story even as it unfolds.
- Everyone is unique and so are the journeys we are on.
“God’s call includes (yet is not limited to) the particularities of our life, our heritage, our personality,
our foibles, our passions and deepest orientation, and even our current life situation. Being called by
God is one of the most essentially spiritual experiences of human existence, because it is a place where
God’s presence intersects with a human life.” (Barton 2008, 76)
→You, along with the Holy Spirit, must do the difficult inner work of strengthening your inner
woman/man and building your character.
TO THAT END…
1) Being serious about the study of Scripture.
a. First, the Bible itself.
“10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love,
endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and
Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
12 In fact, everyone who
wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
13 while evildoers and impostors will go
from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned
and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
15 and how from
infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through
faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting
and training in righteousness,
17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good
work.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:10-17
b. Second, what others have mined and learned from the Bible.
“I remember once when I had been giving a talk to the R.A.F., an old, hard-bitten officer got up and
said, ‘I’ve no use for all that stuff. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve
felt Him: out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe
all your neat little dogmas and formulas about Him. To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem
so petty and pedantic and unreal!’ Now in a sense I quite agreed with that man. I think he had
probably had a real experience of God in the desert. And when he turned from that experience to the
Christian creeds, I think he really was turning from something real to something less real. In the same
way, if a man has once looked at the Atlantic from the beach, and then goes and looks at a map of the
Atlantic, he also will be turning from something real to something less real: turning from real waves to
a bit of coloured paper. But here comes the point. The map is admittedly only coloured paper, but
there are two things you have to remember about it. In the first place, it is based on what hundreds and
thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic. In that way it has behind it masses of
experience just as real as the one you could have from the beach; only, while yours would be a single
glimpse, the map fits all those different experiences together. In the second place, if you want to go
anywhere, the map is absolutely necessary. As long as you are content with walks on the beach, your
own glimpses are far more fun than looking at a map. But the map is going to be more use than walks
on the beach if you want to get to America.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
2) Being serious about prayer. If you are too busy for God, you are too busy.
- Prayer, as simple as it may seem, is a vital and “one of the most important and profound forms
of theological expression” (Ward 2017, 170).
- Examples from the Bible:
o Job prayed daily for his children (Job 1)
o Hannah prayed fervently for a son and bore Samuel (1 Samuel)
o Daniel’s dedicated prayer life got him thrown into the lions’ den and God delivered him
o Hezekiah prayed for deliverance from the Assyrians and healing from his illness (Isaiah
37 & 38)
o Elijah prayed and the LORD answered with fire at Mount Carmel and with rain over the
parched land (1 Kings 18)
o Jesus demonstrates the same discipline of prayer, teaching the disciples to pray
(Matthew 6) and withdrawing often to seek time in prayer, most notably in the Garden
of Gethsemane (Matthew 26).
“Where God and man are in relationship, this must be the ideal. God must be the communicator, and
man must be in the listening, obeying attitude. If men and women are not willing to assume this
listening attitude, there will be no meeting with God in living, personal experience…” (Tozer 1986)
Tozer further adds,
“The spiritual giants of old were those who at some time became acutely conscious of the presence of
God. They maintained that consciousness for the rest of their lives…” (Tozer 1986)
3) Being serious about showing an example, a clear conscience, insofar as you are able.
“16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from
17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree
cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
~ Matthew 7:16-20
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to
Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us
keep in step with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
~ Galatians 5:22-26
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living
sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:1-2
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in
love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual
fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Share with the
Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one
another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
18 If it is
possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge, my dear
friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the
20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to
drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but
overcome evil with good.” ~ Romans 12:9-21
“7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
~ 2 Timothy 1:7
4) Being serious about understanding the culture.
16I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent
as doves.” ~ Matthew 10:16
“… from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all
their relatives under their command;” ~ 1 Chronicles 12:32
4Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.
5 She held
court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the
Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.” ~ Judges 4:4-5
5) Being serious about listening to your students.
“People don’t care about what you have to say until they know how much you care.” ~ Rick Warren
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
7 So neither the one who
plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
8 The one who plants
and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own
labor.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6-8
→Generational Relationship Goals: 1 Chronicles 22 – David and Solomon