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Executive Committee Readiness Training RATIONALE The Executive Committee Readiness Training (EXERT), is an overnight activity given to all YFC Campus Based officers or EXECOMs within a sector/province. This retreat is part of the basic training program given to YFC Campus leaders. This will help equip the incoming campus EXECOMs for the coming school year. EXERT is also a venue to gather all YFC Campus Advisers to discuss with them the activities and direction for the year with the help of the Campus Couple Coordinator, to ensure that there is a proper coordination with the campus regarding the upcoming activities of YFC Campus Based for the year. OBJECTIVES 1. To equip newly elected YFC Campus EXECOM/ Campus Advisers for the tasks/challenges they will face in the coming school year 2. To inspire and strengthen newly elected YFC Campus EXECOM / Campus Advisers by imparting the value of unity, love, and servant hood

GUIDELINES IN CONDUCTING THE ACTIVITY 1. GENERAL GUIDELINES a. The EXERT is conducted before the start of the Academic Year on a Sectoral/Provincial/Country level. b. The EXERT should is conducted as an overnight activity. c. The planning should be done on a Sectoral/Provincial/Country level by the Campus Program Couple Coordinator and Campus Youth Head together with the Campus Program Volunteers. d. The roster of speakers must be from full time pastoral worker, mission volunteers, and past Campus Core / EXECOM . e. The Campus Core can be tapped as part of the service team but they will still be at the same time participants of the EXERT. f. The participants for this activity are all the Campus Executive Committee Heads that will serve for the upcoming academic school year.
Note: Starting Campuses are allowed to let potential leaders who will eventually take on the EXECOM positions in their campuses.

g. The YFC Campus Based advisers are encouraged to attend the whole event but they are highly requested to be present during the last day for the discussion of the activities and directions for the year. h. The EXERT is not applicable to starting campuses who have yet to have a set of Campus Executive Committee Heads that will serve for the upcoming academic school year. 2. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SERVICE TEAM a. Team Leaders/ Assistant Team Leader The implementers for the EXERT are the Sector/Provincial/Country Program Couple Coordinator and Youth Heads For the youth heads, the brother as the team leader and the sister is the assistant team leader. The couple coordinators oversee the pastoral content and the technical needs of the activity.

The team leaders will be in charge of finalizing the speakers and worship leaders in coordination with the program committee. b. Program Facilitates the preparation and flow of the program flow Assigns the emcees, worship leaders, game masters, music ministry Coordinates with the team leaders for the speakers and worship leaders Focuses on taking care of all workshop needs ( handouts, speakers needs) c. Logistics Looks and finalizes the venue Physical set-up (Design, sound system, LCD wall and projector, etc.) Takes care of other committees logistical needs a. Secretariat Releases all memos for invitations to the event, date of the event, venue, registration guidelines, deadlines for payments and area allocations. Organizes a smooth flow of the registration scheme Prepares kits and materials needed for the activities In-charge of room assignments and accommodations of the participants. In-charge of the food preparation b.General Services Develops a scheme in maintaining the cleanliness of the venue Provides first aid kit for medical emergencies and support 3. MATERIALS NEEDED It is suggested that the team should prepare the following material for the EXERT: Expanded outlines for the speakers and sharers Sound system Instruments for the music ministry LCD projector Laptop Registration sheets Participants Handout Song sheets Firstaid kit Other needs for the talks. Invitation Letter to the Campus Administrator and Adviser

THE EXERT PROGRAM The EXERT program includes four (4) inspirational talks, one (1) workshop for each executive committee, and a plenary workshop. The talks are as follows: TALKS OBJECTIVES 1. To know and understand the vision of the YFC Campus Program 2. To be able to make a personal response to the vision of the YFC Campus Program 1. To realize their own value as part of the executive committee 2. To understand how each part of the executive committee is important to the over-all mission of YFC Campus Based 3. To be encouraged and motivated to work as part of a one moving body in YFC Campus Based 1. To help campus EXECOM members know that the most important ingredient to truly great leadership is service love. 2. To help campus EXECOM members take on the right heart for their office / service by teaching them the value of forgiveness, humility and the healing power of prayer. 1. To be prepared for the challenges they will face in the coming year, through having the right posture and attitude in taking on the mission 2. To be empowered for the task ahead of them as they lead their respective campuses. OBJECTIVES 1. To equip the VP/AVP for Evangelization with the basic knowledge of how to conduct a prayer meeting 2. To ensure that every prayer meeting would be spiritually enriching and nourishing 3. To make sure that the culture of Christ that we have in our community would be passed on 1. To equip every VP/AVP for Special Projects with the basic skills of event management 2. To make the participants learn the process of program flow, technicalities and be familiar with the preparations needed 3. To practice excellence through managing an event in the most creative way so we can facilitate a more conducive venue for enrichment and nourishment of our ministry in the campuses

1. Guardians of the Vision 2. One Body

3. The Greatest of These

4. To Arms!

WORKSHOPS 1. Prayer meeting 101 for VP and AVP for Evangelization

2. Events Management for VP and AVP for Special Projects

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3. Financial Stewardship for VP and AVP for Finance and Marketing

4. Archiving for VP and AVP for Documentation

5. Social Activism thru YFC Advocacies for VP and AVP for Socio - Political

1. To understand the importance of financial stewardship, both in their personal lives and in their role as VPs for Finance and Marketing 2. To be equipped with basic skills in budgeting and accounting 3. To come up with ideas and concepts for concrete fund raising and marketing plans for YFC in their campuses 1. To understand the importance of archiving as part of the operations in YFC Campus Based and in the bigger mission of YFC 2. To be able to identify the basic records and documents that they should have and keep for their campus 3. To be equipped to VP/AVP for Documentation with basic archiving skills 1. To help the VP/AVP for Socio-Political Affairs understand in depth the YFC Advocacies of ANCOP, GREENERATION, and 100% Free 2. To have a genuine heart for developing and improving the current condition of our society 3. To assist the participants in coming up with concrete plans to involve their campuses in sociopolitical matters

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE FOR EXERT: DAY 1 Time 6:00-7:00 AM Activity Arrival and Registration Gathering/Breakfast Worship EXERT Orientation Talk1: GUARDIANS OF THE VISION Discussion Group Ice Breaker Talk 2: ONE BODY Discussion group EARLY LUNCH Siesta Preparation for E-Night Ice Breaker Simultaneous Workshops Break Ice Breaker

9:00-9:45 9:45-10:15 10:30-11:00 11:00-01:00

01:00-01:30 PM 01:30-3:30 3:30-4:00 4:00-4:30

4:30-6:00 6:00-6:45 6:45-7:30 7:30-8:00 8:00-9:00 9:00-9:30 9:30-10:30 10:30-11:00 11:00 DAY 2 Time 6:00-7:00 AM 7:00-8:00 8:00-8:30 8:30-9:00 9:00-9:45 9:45-10:15 10:15-10:45 10:45-11:00

Plenary Workshops (Optional) Dinner Freshen up Gathering / Evening Worship Talk 3: THE GREATEST OF THESE Discussion Group E-Night Wash up Lights out

Activity Wake-up Call Breakfast Gathering / Energizers Morning Worship Talk 4: TO ARMS! Empowerment Pray Over Closing Worship Pack up

GUARDIANS OF THE VISION


1ST Session of the Campus EXERT ANCHOR VERSE: according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted. I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, in Christ our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. 1 Timothy 1:11-12 NAB OBJECTIVES: 1. 2.

To know and understand the vision of the YFC Campus Program To be able to make a personal response to the vision of the YFC Campus Program

DYNAMICS: 1. OPENING DYNAMICS: School Cheer The speaker may start the session by calling on the different campuses participating in the EXECOM Retreat encouraging them to cheer when their respective campus is called. Seeing how many campuses YFC is working in will help impart the vision among the participants. 2. Talk Proper 3. Sharers 4. Reflection Activity After the talk, participants will be led into a fifteen-minute reflection based on the questions listed at the end of this talk outline. A reflection song may be played by the music ministry. After this fifteen-minute (15) period, the Emcees should instruct the participants to group by school to share their reflections. Each group will be facilitated by its President. SPEAKERS PROFILE: 1. A YFC leader who knows and understand the vision and mission of the community and YFC Campus Based. 2. Someone who has felt what it means to protect and guard the vision of the community and YFC Campus Based. SHARERS PROFILE: A former member or leader of YFC Campus Based who is still currently living out the values he/she learned during his/her YFC years. TALK OUTLINE I. Introduction We have been blessed by God to be called to serve Him and experience the joy of being with Him. YFC is Gods gift to us. YFC is a work of God. We need to understand more what God is doing so that we can align ourselves with the plan of God. All of us gathered here are leaders of YFC Campus Based and we are at the forefront of the work. In this training, we want to see more clearly what Gods ca ll is for us and to see the bigger picture behind our work. Thus, we must first embrace the bigger vision and mission of our community which is:

CFC Vision: Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth CFC Mission: Building the Church of the Home and Building the Church of the Poor THE VISION IN THE CAMPUSES We believe that renewing and transforming the face of the earth can also be achieve if the youth in the campuses will start and be renewed by Christ. Relating it to the vision and mission of YFC Campus Based: OUR VISION: A Renewed and United Society in Christ through the Campuses We have a dream We have a dream of a society very different from what it is today. People say we cannot realize it, yet we dream of a day when husbands will be faithful to their wives and children. Fathers will protect instead of abuse their children. Lawyers will fight for justice and not just for the highest paying client. Doctors will preserve life instead of abort it. Governments Leaders will serve its people instead of exploit it. There will be less crime because businessmen will not push their employees into the kind of poverty that breeds crime. OUR MISSION: Empowering Gods Witnesses in the Campuses that will transform the society. Society can be renewed and united only through Christ. There is no other way to do it, but only through Christ, which is why it is of utmost importance that every student would know Christ for them to be empowered witnesses. Our dream can be made into a reality if we are able to do our mission of empowering every student that will become future professional to become Gods witness among society. Having empowered witnesses among society would help start the renewal of society that would be united in Christ. GUARDIANS OF THE VISION Because in Christ, God reconciled the world with himself, no longer taking into account the sins of men, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we present ourselves as ambassadors in the name of Christ (2Cor 5:19-20) We have been entrusted with the message, a vision of being renewed and united in Christ. As ambassadors in Christ name we are given the responsibility to guard this vision. To guard the vision means to keep it alive by living it out and passing it on to others thus inviting others to be guardians as well. A. Gods Vision What we are protecting is not just our vision; it is Gods vision for us which He revealed to us. This is part of His crazy dream for us which we learned during our youth camp. A vision realized when Christ died on the cross for the sake of a world renewed and free from sins. . His mission cost Him HIS life, yet He entrusts us with the same mission, the same dream. As leaders of our campus we have been given a great privilege and responsibility to make sure that this vision is passed on. III. II.

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How should we start taking on our roles as guardians of the vision? 1. Believing in the vision and mission We need to believe that this dream can be realized through our work in the campuses. Having in mind that if we teach Christian values in the future lawyers, doctors, businessmen, government leaders, and professionals today, while they are still students in the campuses, while their values are still being formed, this vision can be realized. Believe this vision can be realized because it is the Lord that gave it to us. Our belief in the vision should manifest in our daily life. When we invite our closest friends and even people we do not know into our youth camps and ensuring that they grow deeper into their relationship with God, we are showing our belief in the mission that we have because that is the start of empowering Gods witnesses in the campuses. 2. Living the vision and mission If we want a renewed society, we should be renewed ourselves. (Col.3: 5-9). Before we can renew society there should be renewal in ourselves first. We are to offer to God all parts of our lives, our victories and struggles, our joy and pain. Continue to be a witness even after YFC. When we are no longer officers or once we move from the campus into the work place, and as we transition from YFC to SFC we are called to continuously be a living witness. 3. Passing on the vision and mission We need to make sure that your younger members, especially those who will become the next generation of leaders will know, understand and believe this vision. We can effectively pass it on when we have lived it out so that we can serve as an inspiration that truly the vision and mission that we have can be a reality. When we make sure that we are a model of excellence in our studies while actively serving, we can truly pass on the vision and mission. We are to remember this vision. Keep it in our hearts until it moves us to act.

CONCLUSION Each one of us was put in our campuses, chosen, and anointed to guard the vision and keep our mission. Whatever we do in our campuses is part and parcel of the fulfillment of our vision by being true to our mission. As the front lines of our campuses, we are to embrace this vision and act on it, fulfilling it one campus at a time, empowering Gods witness one by one. SHARERS: At this point the speaker may call on one or two people to share how the vision is being realized in his / her life. (E.g. A former member or leader of YFC Campus Based who is still currently living out the values he/she learned during his/her YFC years.).

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REFLECTION: After the sharers are done, the speaker should lead the participants into a time of reflection based on the following questions. (The participants should write down their reflections). Group discussion by EXECOM will follow after the reflection. Discussions will revolve around the same questions listed below.

SONG PROFILE: Song about offering oneself to serve God GUIDE QUESTIONS 1. Do I really believe in the YFC campus vision: A renewed and united society in Christ through the Campuses? 2. How is the Lord calling me to live out this vision in my personal life and in the campus I serve in?

ONE BODY
2 Session of the Campus EXERT ANCHOR VERSE For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ 3 and individually parts of one another. Romans 12:4-5 OBJECTIVES 1. To realize their own value as part of the executive committee 2. To understand how each part of the executive committee is important to the over-all mission of YFC Campus Based 3. To be encouraged and motivated to work as part of a one moving body in YFC Campus Based SPEAKERS PROFILE 1. A YFC leader who exemplify what it means to be a team player 2. Preferably a former EXECOM in his/her campus DYNAMICS 1. OPENNING ACTIVITY: My Piece in the puzzle MATERIALS NEEDED: PUZZLE PIECES - A big piece of paper with a big picture of the YFC Campus Based logo, drawn in a very light version or watermark style. The size of the drawing may depend on the number of people attending the activity. NOTE: The bigger the number of attendees the bigger the puzzle piece. - This big piece of paper is to be cut in puzzle piece shapes. - The service team is to write the roles and responsibilities on each of the puzzle piece shape.
NOTE: The roles/responsibility has to be written more clearly/darker than the watermark of the campus based logo.
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One role/responsibility one puzzle piece. Number of puzzle pieces may depend on the number participants and kind of officers available during the activity E.g. four (4) participants are presidents = four (4) puzzle pieces with different roles and responsibilities of the president

Tape or masking tape

MECHANICS All the pieces are laid out in front of the whole crowd, with the roles and responsibilities seen. Each participant is to be given time to look at the puzzle piece and get the role and responsibility they think fits their position. Once everyone has a piece, each participant is to state the role and responsibility written on the piece that they have chosen. They are given time to think if they have the right/wrong piece.

The crowd is then given a maximum of three (3) minutes to form the whole puzzle. Talk proper

TALK OUTLINE I. INTRODUCTION DIFFERENT PARTS, ONE BODY


NOTE: The speaker is to connect the game to this part of the talk.

For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ 3 and individually parts of one another. Romans 12:4-5 The human body is one great manifestation of Gods greatness. Each part created with intricate details to fulfill a specific function. No part is without a value or use. Each part depends on one another for a sustained life. Each part contributes to sustain life. It is same as with each executive committee in all campuses. Each committee is created for a specific function that would help make the name of Christ known. No committee is with higher value than the other for they are all equally important in the mission, each having role in sustaining the loving relationship between God and us, His beloved sons and daughters. Different our functions maybe, but we share a common goal of bringing people closer to God.

II. OUR PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come; share your masters joy.Matthew 25:21 Like the parable of the talents our Master has entrusted to us our different offices. Consider each office a talent given to us by God. A gift that we are to cultivate and further improve and to do so we need to have the following leadership attitudes: 1. I can do it (Confidence) I can do it if the Lord wants me to do it. 2. I must do it (Obedience) I will trust my leaders even if I dont understand fully. I dont have to know everything to be effective, I can learn as I go. 3. I will do it now (Urgency) People need the Lord now. I will have a sense of urgency for the work of YFC. 4. l do it well (Excellence) If I cant do it well, Im just wasting my time. What I do will not compromise my love for others. 5. I am excited to do it (Excited) The excitement will come when I realize that the Lord is full of and the source of excitement. Do not look for exciting work, or exciting people to work with, rather be a source of excitement. 6. I will enjoy what I will do (Joyful) Joy in your service is not something you will find; rather it is a posture of the heart. 7. I will not stop until it is done (Perseverance)

I will persevere, no matter how difficult the situation is or people are, because I am not a quitter. I cannot quit on the on myself, on the Lord and those I serve. III. WORKING AS ONE To work as one we need to be at our best for everyone. The work Christ entrusted to us was meant to be shared and not just for a single individual to work on it. Every Executive Committee head should try to be the B.E.S.T. for one another. Believe We should believe in one another. We are to believe in one anothers anointing, that all of us are called and chosen by God to perform a specific task. We are to believe in one anothers capability enabling each and everyone to be at their best. Encourage We are to encourage one another to not give up in times of difficulty. We are to help one another. When one falls down, we are to pick him up and help him move forward. We dont limit one another but instead we encourage one another to surpass our human limitations as we fulfill our mission. Share We are to share our life and the story of Christ in us that would serve as a source of inspiration. We are to share all the talents and learning we have that could help make one another better. We are to share the resources God has blessed us to help one another. We are to share the Christ in us in further building one anothers ministry. Trust We are to trust one another, that each would do his part in fulfilling our mission for the realization of our vision. With complete trust we would do our best in our specific task knowing that everyone is doing their very best. We are to entrust our lives to one another making everyone accountable for each and everyone.

IV. CONCLUSION The whole EXECOM together with its EXECORE embodies the whole of Christ. Each bears the mark of Christ in them. Each plays a vital role to manifest Christ. This is a gift that we are to take care of and develop. We are given this privilege to serve God in special ways, and it up to us to use this great opportunity to serve Him by trying to learn new things that would help us serve more effectively in our respected office. GUIDE QUESTIONS What do you think will your struggles be in working with other officer? What are you willing to do for the team in order to accomplish Gods mission?

THE GREATEST OF THESE


3rd Session of the Campus EXERT ANCHOR VERSE: So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 OBJECTIVES 1.To help campus EXECOM members know that the most important ingredient to truly great leadership is service love. 2. To help campus EXECOM members take on the right heart for their office / service by teaching them the value of forgiveness, humility and the healing power of prayer. DYNAMICS 1. Again, as in the first and second talks, a creative number (dance, song) that portrays Gods way of loving, may be used as an introduction to this talk. 2. TALK PROPER 3. REFLECTION/PRAY OVER The pray over should initially be by school. If need be however, at a certain point, the speaker or team leader may encourage participants to go over and pray-over people outside of their campus whom they may have hurt or have hurt them, or people they feel need special prayers. Several songs may be used for this pray-over session depending on the amount of time needed by the different EXECOMs for prayer. The music ministry / team leader should have a feel of the crowd, sensitive as to when this time should end. 4. PRAISE FEST SPEAKERS PROFILE 1. A YFC leader who understand the importance of love in the mission entrusted to us 2. Preferably a former EXECOM in his/her campus TALK OUTLINE I. INTRODUCTION We have been hearing about so many things today important things that we will need as leaders next school year vision, our attitudes, specific roles and responsibilities in our respected executive committee, but all of these will mean nothing if we lack the most important element that will set us apart as truly great leaders, the virtue of love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7) Serving as leaders is a great privilege but is also a difficult and often thankless job a job that often times test our love for one another.

II. WHEN LOVE IS TESTED (At this point the speaker may share personal experiences when their love was tested as an EXECOM member)

A. When the people we work with dont deliver. Many times the people we work with dont measure up to our own expectations and standards. We feel like were the only ones who are working. Often times this discourages us to the point where we ourselves stop giving our all in service. We forget that we serve not for the people around us but the Lord. We begin to be critical and resentful. We forget to love. B. When the people we look up to disappoint us Many of us are encouraged to serve initially because the example of those who served us seeing these people make mistakes or fall into sin can easily destroy our passion to serve. (E.g. The parent adviser, Full time worker, president, senior members) Many times all we need to do is find out the real circumstances of situations like this. Gossip, which seems to be one of the last things that Christians break free from, often gets in the way of many relationships we forget to love. In any case, it is important to remember that our leaders are human too. It is not that we are justifying their actions; we just have to be compassionate, as Christ is.

C. When others judge us In the same way that it becomes so easy to judge our leaders other people judge us as well (many times without even thinking of asking us to explain ourselves or things we may have done).This also happens when people unwittingly compare us to those who held our office / position before we did. We often hear this in statements like; My old household head used to do things this way or That never happened when he was president. Although we may pretend that statements like this dont affect us, many times they often do. It makes us want to hit back, or judge others as well we forget to love. When others judge us, our response should always be to forgive as Christ chose to forgive us when our sin nailed Him to the cross. III. OUR RESPONSE When situations like these hurt us or tests us, there is only one reaction that we ought to have love. A. Love and loyalty To have love and loyalty means protecting the people we love seeking truth and sticking to the truth and not passing on judgments quickly base on feelings. If there is real and serious wrongdoing with regards to the person concerned, our love and loyalty should lead us to correct the matter personally with him / her or through the proper channels (e.g. his household head, service head). B. Love and being right Many times our desire for efficiency or rigidity to follow policies and guidelines makes us hard and insensitive to the situations of those around us. Being loving and right at the same time would come from Christian love. We try to lead people to what is right because of our love for them. Gods nature is both just

and loving. Our being loving can come in the form of correction but not pointing out that I am right and they are wrong We try to point out that we dont settle for what is good but instead we strive for what is best because of our great love for God. Our every action should be coming out our love for God and our brethren. C. Love and greatness To have love and greatness means to never miss an opportunity to honor and affirm the people around you. You rejoice in the achievement of others for in their accomplishments God is glorified. To have love and greatness means not to aim for personal gain but to aim to lose oneself for the gain of God. It is allowing oneself to decrease as the Lord increase. IV. CONCLUSION Real greatness loves before anything else. Our greatness shines out when we are able to be compassionate and learn how to forgive. It shines out when we are humble enough to admit that we need help or are wrong and ask for forgiveness. We experience real joy when we are instrumental in bringing out the greatness in other people and, only love can do this. Only if we serve in love will our vision, leadership and success truly have meaning. Even situations that may seem like failures will be successes because these will be opportunities to love. If we love then we would have learned the most important element of truly great leadership. Only then will we understand what St. Paul meant when he wrote and the greatest of theseis love. (1 Cor. 13: 13) ACTIVITY At this point we will take time to pray for each other. Many of us have been judged and hurt, and many of us have judged and hurt others as well. And so we must pray that the Lord will give us the humility to accept our weaknesses and give us the grace to forgive to love and to refresh us to serve anew next year. 1. The speaker (or team leader) will lead the participants into a general prayer of healing, forgiveness and the grace to serve in and out of love. 2. Reflection songs can be played to set the mood of the pray over sessions. 3. After the general prayer, the participants should be encouraged to go around praying-over and ministering to each other. During this time, participants may take the opportunity to repair damaged relationships or resentments by asking to be prayed over or by personally asking for forgiveness if the persons involved are present. 4. The session will end with worship.

TO ARMS!
4th Session of the Campus EXERT ANCHOR VERSE: If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget himself, carry his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but who ever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt. 16:24-28 OBJECTIVES: 1. To be prepared for the challenges they will face in the coming year, through having the right posture and attitude in taking on the mission 2. To be empowered for the task ahead of them as they lead their respective campuses. DYNAMICS: 1. This session should be attended by both student leaders and Couple Coordinators. 2. The crowd are asked to be sit by campus. 3. OPENING ACTIVITY: This is my Game Plan! The first part of the session is a sharing and honoring activity This team leader or speaker starts the session by first asking representatives from each campus to share their plans for the coming school year, as well as how the Lord has blessed or spoken to them at EXERT. The service team may also share and honor the participants, through giving out awards with small souvenirs or tokens. Special awards may also be given. (e.g. Most excited EXECOM, or Most active member etc.) At this point, the entire crowd may also be encouraged to come up with their own batch name (since they are the ones who will own the name). The name of the batch should characterize their performance during the retreat. For example, Batch Soaring Eagles, or Batch Visionaries etc., etc., 4. Talk Proper 5. Pray Over The speaker is to lead the crowd into a prayer. The prayer should encourage and motivate them to go out and do the mission for God, despite its seeming difficulties The music ministry may play slow songs as the prayer starts The participants are given time to pray for each other. The President leads in this prayer After, the speaker comes in to and instructs the crowd to recite with him the YFC CAMPUS PRAYER 6. Praisfest SPEAKERS PROFILE The speaker should be at least a former EXECOM who has experienced the trials of being an officer.

TALK OUTLINE I. INTRODUCTION (Exodus 16:1-3) Moses led wanderers through the desert. Moses saw the vision, he knew Gods promised, but he led a community of wanderers. They were wanderers who marched through the wilderness not knowing where they were going. His peoples doubt, Pharaohs ignorance, plus his lack of self-confidence were but some of the challenges he had to face when he decided to accept the task of leading Gods people. Like Moses, in spite of our own weaknesses, sinfulness and doubts, we are called to lead our members who may be wanderers, people who may not yet see the vision. This task is not an easy one. II. THE WAY TO THE PROMISED LAND What kind of challenges can we expect as we lead our members to the Promised Land of having a renewed and united society in Him wherein lawyers, doctors, government officials and other professionals knows God and testifies to His love? A. Bickering in the desert What are some of the difficulties you will encounter as you lead Gods people? (The speaker should share some of his/her experiences in the circumstances mentioned below) 1. There will be conflicts within the core group. There would be times that they will have different views. 2. People will complain especially when they experience spiritual dryness, or dissatisfaction. 3. Factions and frictions might arise within your campus and even the core group. 4. Relationships and loyalty will be tested within the core group. 5. You may experience lack of support from your families. They may not allow you at times to attend activities. 6. Lack of support from your YFC brothers and sisters. 7. Functionality may destroy the spirit of love your prayer meeting will no longer be nourishing. People will start making excuses why they cant make it to your meetings. Praying for Manna 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; NAB Exodus 16:4 These challenges however should not discourage you. Gods grace will always be there right when you need it. What should our response be whenever we encounter these difficulties? 1. Always pray. Pray for your co-officers, your members and yourself. This will teach you wisdom and love it is the most powerful weapon that we can rely on. 2. Seek to be a source of unity. Instead of contributing to the division, always be a part of seeking reconciliation. 3. Never indulge your emotions. This is where most conflicts and disappointments occurdo not be indulge with negative feelings. 4. Do what is expected of you. This will allow you to avoid unnecessary disappointments.

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5. Anger should only be directed towards the sin, never the sinner. This is the kind of anger that is motivated out of love. Check your heart whenever you have to show anger 6. Parents Orientations Help your members parents become aware of the importance of the work you are doing. 7. Value your relationships more than your work. Never allow gossip or disagreements to compromise your relationships in the YFC community. Invest in loving and caring for each other until you are confident enough to correct each other. C. The crosses in our lives Our personal struggles Our personal struggles could lead at times for people to question our anointing. It could also lead us into losing sight of Gods plan for us resulting for us to commit sins. We need to continue struggling towards what is good, not giving up on ourselves. We need to seize the opportunity to love God more. People Difficult to love Loving is what we ought to do but there are people that are really difficult to love, but this does not give us any excuse to stop loving. It is just but an opportunity for us to be more loving. Unfavorable circumstances There would be lot of times that circumstances will not be on our favor making it difficult to continue serving. This could lead us into being fearful of all uncertainties that go with the unfavorable circumstances we will experience. We need to see this as an opportunity to trust the Lord more than anything else, and just be assured of His promises to us.

Once we decide to follow Jesus and serve Him we need to be prepared to make a lot of sacrifices. Its all part of this adventure called faith. In the end, the crosses he brings us are what will strengthen us and help us hurdle the obstacles we will face as Christians and as leaders.

III. CONCLUSION If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget himself, carry his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but who ever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-28 We have a choice. We will either see our service as a burden or as an adventure that will strengthen us. Either way, we will still experience the same problems. If we see our service and the people we serve as a burden, we will end this year spent and burnt out. But if, by Gods Spirit, we view it as an adventure, than by the end of the year, we would have lived more than most. We will be refreshed and ready to serve even more. We must realize that we are signing up for the battle, not for the victory expect difficulty and hardships. Every soldier goes into battle expecting to be shot at or be bruised, but this is what makes the victory even sweeter.

Be assured that God is with us. This is His work, this is His battle, and we are His army. He will never leave us. He is our shield and our fortress, our defender and our deliverer. And with this confidence we march off on to Battle!

EVENTS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP


VP for Special Projects Workshop RATIONALE: It is important that we do the necessary preparation in every activity/event we will be doing. The growth of the ministry in each campus is greatly affected by how enriching and nourishing every activity/event we will be conducting. Every activity/event is a venue wherein we have the opportunity to listen to God. This is why proper training should be given in order to have a good grasp of all the functions, needs, and details that need to be put into creating a great spirit-filled event/activity for God. OBJECTIVES: 1. To equip every VP/AVP for Special Projects with the basic skills of event management. 2. To make the participants learn the process of program flow, technicalities and be familiar with the preparations needed. 3. To practice excellence through managing an event in the most creative way so we can facilitate a more conducive venue for enrichment and nourishment of our ministry in the campuses MATERIALS Writing Materials Visual aids (e.g. Powerpoint for the speaker) DYNAMICS 1. ACTIVITY: Paint me a picture: The participants will be divided into groups and then will be asked to post as a picture being asked in a given situation. Behind the scenes pre event Behind the scenes during event Behind the scenes post event 2. TALK 3. Workshop Proper 4. Open Forum

TALK OUTLINE INTRODUCTION Over the years Youth for Christ as a ministry has grown a lot and improved a lot especially in conducting events that caters to the young. Our events paved way for the creativity of our youth to be appreciated. It created opportunities for the young to express themselves and Gods message in their own special way utilizing their God given talents. It is just but right that we do the necessary preparations in delivering Gods message and showcasing our God given talents to evangelize. An understanding of the elements and the preparations needed would help us conduct our activities excellently.

INTEGRAL ELEMENTS OF EVENT 1. Attraction In planning an activity/event it is important to consider what would attract the youth to attend the said event. It may be: a. Increasing Participation b. Choice of Venue c. Sheer Number of expected attendees 2. Nourishment In every activity/event we aim to nourish and enrich all who will be attending by giving them things to ponder on that would help them grow in their personal relationship with God and at the same time letting them have a genuine experience of fellowship. The usual things we prepare to ensure our activity/event will provide nourishment are the ff: a. Talks b. Speakers/shares c. Creative Component d. Worship/Praisefest 3. Entertainment In delivering Gods message to the young, there is a need to translate it in a language they understand and enjoy listening to at the same time. The journey with Christ is an enjoyable journey and for some our activity/event can be the start of them acknowledging that journey so it is important that we package our activity/event in a way that it would be appealing to the young. There is a need to ensure that aside from a nourishing event it would be an enjoyable and entertaining as well. 4. Pastoral Handle and over-all theme Having a pastoral handle gives an event a central message which will serve as a basis of all that is going to be prepared for the activity/event like the overall theme. Having an overall theme helps in transcending the central message of the event and it helps the attendees to have a concrete association when recalling what they have learned. 5. Budget and time table In preparing an event it is important to have a time table to project at a certain time what needs to be done. It serves as a basis in following up the preparations and prioritization of task for every committee. Having a budget table ensures that we work with a reasonable amount that would not cost deficit for the event but instead help raise funds as well for future activities/events. 6. Venue The venue plays a vital role for the event. In looking for a possible venue it is important to consider all its advantages and disadvantages.

3 PHASES OF PREPARATION PRE EVENT PREPARATION This includes all the preparations that will be done prior to the day of the event. CONCEPT This can start with a theme, which can be a verse from the Bible. From the theme, we develop creative handles to put form to the theme. PREPARING FOR A WORKING STRUCTURE Get the overall picture & make all committees see them. Strike teamwork among members Inspire your team. Empower and trust your committee heads RAKING IN THE MEMBERS Make the event highly participative Attraction point should be set to ensure that people would be attracted to come Structure should be clearly stated to avoid confusion of doing tasks Build-up the activities BUDGET TABLE REVENUE EXPENSE NET DURING EVENT This is the execution of all the plans prior to the day itself.
Note: Each segment should be mapped out in the conference

Example: Time 8:30 - 10:00 10:00 - 10:30 10:30 - 11:00

Activity Registration Gathering Worship

Person In Charge Mk Music Min Raffy

Support Pastoral flow be ready for any changes during the conference, even by the last minute. Be open to the leading of the spirit. Ensure that the program is logistically supported. (Sound system, props, costumes, etc.) Have a working team with you. POST EVENT You should close finances of the conference within a week Have an inventory of the materials used. Prepare for the next years event, if the event is done annually

Have an evaluation of the event evaluating each committees assigned task

Roles and Responsibilities of the Production Team o PRODUCTION Together with the Elder-in-charge and the Head of Event, conceptualizes the theme and the creative handling of the event. Forms the production team who will manage the program flow and all requirements for the program Coordinates with Logistics committee regarding the over-all look of the venue Coordinates with Secretariat regarding the needs of the team: food, drinks, IDs, accommodations, VIP pass, etc. Takes charge of audio, visual arts and print documentation for the event. THE DIRECTOR He/She is in-charge with what is happening on stage. He/She calls the shots and makes sure that everything in the script is executed properly. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR He/She attends and takes note of all the directors needs before and during the day itself. Acting as the directors right hand, he/she reminds the director of things that need to be taken cared off, and follows up on all segment producers for their deliverables STAGE MANAGERS The number of stage managers depends on the number of entrance and exit that will be utilized on stage. Generally, there is an average of two per conference. The stage managers control the entrance and exit of people on stage, and execute the directors orders, assisting the smooth flow of the production. PRODUCTION MANAGER He/She is in charge of all the needs of the entire production team. Like venue needs, transportation, food, and accommodation (if needed). He/She also acts as the finance head of the committee PRODUCTION DESIGNER He/She is in charge of the over-all look of the conference and acts as a link between the logistics committee and the program team. COSTUME / PROPS MISTRESS If the production requires such a person should be assigned to do the task. He/she takes care of all the needed costumes and props for the production. TALENTS COORDINATOR He/She is in charge of gathering all talents, and attends to all the needs of the talents.

He/she contacts them and monitor practices and their progress before the conference day.

SEGMENT COORDINATOR He/She is in charge of a certain part of the production. The segment coordinator takes care of all the needs of the particular segment and acts like a mini-director for that part. He/She is to inform the over-all director for any changes, or for the development of the segment. He/she make sure that everything is ready prior to the conference and acts as an assistant to the director, placing him/herself at the backstage. Technical Director for Lights (lights director) The Lights director is in charge of executing all light effects for the production Technical Director for Visuals (Visual director) The Visual director is in charge of executing all visual effects for the production. Technical Director for Video (TV director) The TV director is in charge of all live-feed of the production. Audio Playback He/She is in charge of all sound playing (e.g. canned music, audio advertisements) of the conference. Visual Playback He/She is in charge of actual playing of the videos of the conference Production Assistants Can be assigned to the director, stage manager, or production manager, the production assistant helps in all the needs and tasks that need to be done.

WORKSHOP PROPER: 1. The participants will be asked to make a Event Preparation of their Campus Tour in their Campus. 2. They will be asked to make a sample time line guided by the 3 phases of preparation. 3. They will be asked to prepare and conceptualize a theme and title for their Campus Tour 4. They will be divided into groups to discuss and share their accomplished Event Timelines and concepts that they were able to come up.

PRAYER MEETING 101


VP for Evangelizations Workshop RATIONALE: Over the years the numbers of our members are growing and this calls us to ensure that all of our members get nourished in our prayer meetings. Knowing the dynamics of a prayer meeting would help make our prayer meetings more dynamic and appealing to the young. Our prayer meetings should basically bring people into Gods presence in a vibrant and youthful atmosphere. If the prayer meeting is not nourishing, rooted in Christ and exciting to your members, then we cannot expect our members to continuously attend and grow in their relationship with God. OBJECTIVES: 1. To equip the VP/AVP for Evangelization with the basic knowledge of how to conduct a prayer meeting. 2. To ensure that every prayer meeting would be spiritually enriching and nourishing. 3. To make sure that the culture of Christ that we have in our community would be passed on. MATERIALS Scratch Paper DYNAMICS: 1) Workshop proper 2) Activity (Mock Prayer Meeting) 3) Open Forum

TALK OUTLINE

I. Introduction The prayer meeting is a venue for everyone to build and nurture relationships. YFC members are always excited to go out of their house and meet with their friends. Thats why whenever there are activities; they are always on the go. In YFC we provide them alternative set of friends and wholesome activity. We make sure that in all of our activities the 4Fs are experienced. This is not achieved in one time big time activity. For that reason, we make every gathering a great experience to YFC. We see to it that every prayer meeting will bring our members into Gods presence. II. Elements that make a Prayer Meeting A. Relationships The prayer meeting is an opportunity for the new and old YFC members to see and bond with each other. This is also a chance for everyone to build new friendships and strengthen the relationship of the group.

B. Worship The worship is the time when the people get to be in Gods presence.. In our community, we worship with songs of praise and hear the message of the Lord.

The role of the worship leader is very crucial in leading the worship. His goal is to encourage and bring everyone to pray. Moreover, he will set the posture of the people of what the Lord wants to convey. C. Talk/ Activity The talk or the activity develops the whole message of the prayer meeting. It is important that this will be delivered in a manner understandable to the youth. The topics that will be given can be taken from the Chapter Topic Manual while for household prayer meeting it can be taken from the Household Topic Manual. D. Sharing The sharing is conducted to enhance the message of the prayer meeting. This will help the listeners understand and capture the points. It is encouraged that the sharers will be YFC members so that the listeners can easily relate with the message. This usually talks about the victories, challenges/trials, conversions of our members. During prayer meetings, the team can prepare two sharers and may encourage more sharers on the day itself. The team should listen first to the sharer before the start of the prayer meeting. E. Summary of the activity This is when the prayer meeting leader connects all the parts of the prayer meeting from the worship, talk/activity, and sharing. This is where the group prays, responds to God. If there are any birthday celebrants, this is also the part when we will pray for them. III. Types of Prayer Meeting Household (twice a month) - House to house prayer meeting is done from one house of HH member to another. Collective Household Assembly - Is a form of household wherein when the chapter gathers together in one assembly to worship and then disperses for household group sharings. Chapter Assembly (once a month activity) - is a form of prayer meeting wherein the chapter gathers in one assembly to worship and listen to the specific teachings.

IV. Prayer Meeting Schedule


TIME 15 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes ACTIVITY Registration/ Gathering Teaching of Songs Prayer Meeting Leader acknowledges those attending the prayer meeting for the first time. (They may be asked to introduce themselves.) Worship A time to sing songs, pray and listen to the word of the Lord. (After the worship, once people are seated, the prayer meeting leader could first summarize the prophecies, and what he heard from the Lord during the worship to help set the tone for the meeting.) Sharing - People share about the blessings they have received, victories in their lives and lessons they have learned for the past week. Songs may be sung from time to time to avoid the monotony of sharers. (It is important that the music ministry listens to the sharings for them to play songs which are appropriate for this specific time.) TALK /SESSION The talk is based on the topic the campus has chosen for that specific month from the Chapter Assembly Manual. Implementation Activity. This activity is a follow-up activity for the talk that was given beforehand. The implementation activity is done strictly after the Pre-selected talk for its purpose is to ensure that there is a concrete application of the learnings for the talk during the previous week. The implementation activity is given on the second week of the month. Prerogative Talk This talk is to discuss certain concerns, issues or needs of the members that has not been covered by specific topic of that month. The Core Group together with the VP and AVP for Evangelization and the rest of the EXECOM can choose from the various talk outlines included in the Campus Manual or from other teaching tracks of YFC. Free Hand Activity It is the choice of the campus what activity to implement for this specific week. It may be a forum, a workshop or other special evangelistic activities that the school could think of. This is given on the remaining week/s of the month. Closing prayer / Announcements etc.

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V. The Prayer Meeting Leader A. Roles of a Prayer Meeting Leader 1. Welcomes the YFC members 2. Introduces the Worship Leader 3. Introduces the Speaker 4. Call on Sharers 5. Summarizes the whole prayer meeting activity 6. Calls on the Closing Prayer Leader 7. Announces the reminders 8. Makes sure that everyone is at ease and comfortable in the prayer meeting. 9. Brings people in Gods presence. B. Skills of a Prayer Meeting Leader 1. People Dynamics It is good that the prayer meeting leader knows what works best for people. It is better if he has a good stock of stories, jokes and anecdotes. One of his roles is to keep the attention of crowd and excite them of what is about to happen. 2. Getting people to share The prayer meeting leader is expected to say something encouraging (like a story or an experience) to get the members to want to share. He can call out names or site some exemplary members who are inspiring or had been struggling but still holding on to the Lord. 3. Listening

The prayer meeting leader should be the most attentive in the prayer meeting. He needs to listen to sharers, speakers, and to the prophecy. Mainly because Gods Word is spread out in so many parts in the prayer meeting. He then connects all the points that God said during the whole meeting. Thats why it is important for the leader to listen intently. He should take down the important points of the talk / sharing. 4. Exhortation The prayer meeting leader is expected to excite people and give them reason enough to give praise and thanksgiving to God in whatever state the crowd is at the moment. There are two kinds of exhortation: a. Exhort people to worship (3-5 mins) This can be a story from the bible or a personal experience. This will encourage people to be in the right posture for the worship to honor Him, listen to Him, and to praise Him. b. Summary based on the sharings and the talk This exhortation encourages people to respond to Gods word. It challenges the members to respond. The Prayer Meeting should say something like, This is what God said, and I believe brothers and sisters that HE is telling us to That should be ended with a prayer. VI. Important Notes 1. The ideal seating arrangement in an assembly is square or oval where everyone can hear the speaker in front. 2. Avoid having the listeners face the door or window so that they wont get distracted by the people entering/passing by. 3. Gathering songs are intended to gather members---No matter how many people are there during the prayer meeting, the Music Ministry should start singing or teaching songs. 4. Dont start with an apology, Start Confidently! 5. Once people are gathered, before you introduce the start with the worship leader, introduce and recognize new people, freshmen students to the group.

VII. Workshop Output: 1. The participants will be asked to prepare a mock prayer meeting taking note of all the elements and considerations they need to prepare for a prayer meeting. 2. The facilitator may assign the participants with specific roles that they will take on in the mock prayer meeting.

VIII. Conclusion Now that we know the basic and essential parts of a prayer meeting, let us not keep this to our notebooks. Rather let this be our guiding formula. The Lord has provided us ways how we can have effective prayer meeting. This is His gift to us; let us make this gift a blessing to us and to other people especially to the youth.

SOCIAL ACTIVISM THROUGH YFC ADVOCACIES


A workshop for Campus VPs for Socio-Political Affairs RATIONALE: The VPs for Socio-Political Affairs are tasked to ensure that their respective campuses are to be made aware and be able to address the social needs of their community. Therefore, it is their responsibility to involve their campus (youth and staff) and respond in our communitys work with the poor program which is Answering the Cry Of the Poor (ANCOP), as well as in YFC-related advocacies i.e. Greeneration, 100% Free. OBJECTIVES: 1. To understand in depth the YFC Advocacies of ANCOP, GREENERATION, and 100% Free 2. To have a genuine heart for developing and improving the current condition of our society 3. To assist the participants in coming up with concrete plans to involve their campuses in sociopolitical matters DYNAMICS: 1. The workshop is composed of two (2) interactive short lectures on ANCOP and YFC advocacies. 2. OPENING ACTIVITY: The World today Slideshow Profile: a slideshow on the current condition of todays society (from natural to man made disasters to corruption and societal anomalies). With every photo, the participants should be encouraged to say the first thoughts that come to mind. Some photos may show the negative traits that we humans have grown to accept as ours (i.e. disobeying traffic rules, littering on the streets), to which many would remark. Just a normal to human nature. This may then be followed by examples of individuals or organizations who have done something to address the needs of society. Participants can be asked to guess the names of the individuals, as well as the specific things they have contributed. 3. Talk Proper 4. There will be a plenary sharing on the participants individual advocacies after the lecture. 5. After the discussion, the participants will be divided into group to accomplish the aforementioned activity. 6. The workshop will end with the group presentation of results from the activity followed by a synthesis of insights.

MATERIALS NEEDED Slideshow/Video that highlights the current condition of our society, as well as photos of some individuals who have made a difference in this aspect Visual aids for all discussions Primers on ANCOP and YFC Advocacies A list of the first 8 of the 12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country
Note: Countries may look for their local version of this list

Whiteboard and markers Flipchart/large pad of paper and pen for every breakout group

TALK OUTLINE Introduction Many people are suffering now more than ever. Of the approximately 7 billion people in the world, an estimated 925 million or 13.1% of them experience hunger regularly. This means that almost 1 in 7 people are hungry as of 2010 (FAO, 2010). At a time when most of the world is content to live for themselves, we are called even more to leave our comfort zones and reach out to those in need: ourselves, our fellow humans, our country, and even Gods gift of creation. Slideshow/Video that highlights the current condition of our society, as well as photos of some individuals who have made a difference in this aspect (Distribute primers on ANCOP, Greeneration, 100% Free, and Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country) SOCIAL ACTIVISM STARTS WITHIN US 100% Free (10 minutes) Social activism involves advocacies. To be an advocate of something means to be a mover and sustainer of a particular cause that should form an ideal society. Taking part in this would make us part of history for we are shaping the future. As Youth for Christ members, we always seek to put our name into a lifestyle as we try to live out the 7 YFC Ids. In all aspects of their lives, the aim should be witnesses of Gods transforming love to the millions of youth who wish to experience the same. One of the identities as Youth for Christ is to live 100% Free. Our 100% Free Identity stands on THREE BASIC PRINCIPLES and made firm by EIGHT CONVICTION STATEMENTS. Living the free life allows us to be: 1. FREE to LIVE Free to live stands by the conviction statements that support taking care of our own bodies and lives. It supports the principles that discourage substance abuse that will lead us not only to an unhealthy lifestyle but also to sin. 1. Zero Drugs YFC says no to substance abuse. 2. Smoke Free YFC says no to smoking. 3. 0% alcohol - YFC believes that drinking alcohol is not a sin itself but as young as we are, our bodies may not be able to handle and control alcoholic content. YFC believes in practicing self-control and clean fun. YFC stands by the fact that we dont have to drink alcoholic beverages and get drunk, in order to experience fun. 2. FREE to BE

Free to be stands by the conviction statements that uphold being who we really are, both in name and in essence. This means living out our true selves and who we are made to be. It encourages living out the roles of a man and woman, in accordance to Gods plan. 4. Pure Inside and Out YFC believe not only in the purity of our bodies perse but also purity at our very core. We believe in purity of thought, speech, and action. Our hearts and minds are the core of our being and it is important that these be free from negativity, and lustfulness. This means YFC discourages physical self-gratification, and avoids green jokes, and swearing. 5. 100% man and woman YFC believes that God has created specific roles for us as men and women. YFC believes that we are designed to be man and woman, in order to live with each other and work together for His purpose. We encourage the youth to live their identities as they were created, either as man or woman. We also ought to help our brothers and sisters that have trouble in realizing their identity in Gods plan. 6. Free from pornography - YFC believes that our bodies are created sacred by God and should not be exploited for selfish pleasure. YFC believes that minds are powerful cultivators of our actions and thus should be free from lustful/malicious thoughts that are promoted in these materials. 3. FREE to LOVE Free to love stands by the basic principles of upholding the genuine kind of love that the Lord has given us. This means loving the way that God has taught us, unconditional and unfailing. This means believing in the kind of love that is learned, experienced, and given in Gods time. This means that we dont have to enter into a romantic relationship to feel the genuine and real kind of love. As sons and daughters of God, we have the privilege and the ability to love. 7. Virgin and Proud YFC believes that sex is a sacred gift given by God that is appropriate only after marriage. YFC believes that sex in essence is used for pro-creation. This also goes beyond technical and physical virginity that only relies on its definition. Being virgin and proud means having dignity and integrity. It means loving yourself and experiencing the kind of love that is not just bound by physical intimacy. This also means that we, as Youth for Christ, should not engage in pre-marital sex. YFC believes that sex is a gift intended only for pro-creation between two mature adults, joined by God in marriage. 8. Real Love Waits Real love is defined as the genuine kind of love that comes as a GIFT from God. Like a gift, it should be made precious; taken cared off, and received in its proper time. YFC believes that special romantic relationships are examples of this kind of gift. Thus, we believe in the essence of waiting, as we prepare ourselves to receive this in His perfect time. While waiting for the right time and at our age, we, as Youth for Christ, should focus our time, love, and devotion on our relationships with parents, friends, and siblings first. YFC believes that this is the time to build lasting relationships with these people and not lead ourselves to be isolated in early and premature relationships.

Social Activism through helping our brothers and sisters ANCOP Child Sponsorship Program 1. ANCOP (ANSWERING THE CRY OF THE POOR) is a program of Couples for Christ which is duly registered under the name CFC ANCOP-TEKTON FOUNDATION, INC. 2. Was established for the purpose of consolidation of CFCs efforts in BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR 3. Vision: Bringing Christs transforming love to the poor 4. Mission: Answering the Cry of the Poor 5. Education as one of its Four Pillars. 6. This program believes that education of a poor child and his family is: o key to restore hope and faith toward transformation of the whole community o gives poor families a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty o gives equal opportunity for all to enjoy the bounty and blessing provided by God. Social Activism and Nationalism Alexander Ledesma Lacson was a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law, 1996, and took up graduate studies at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. His wife, Pia Pena is a lawyer U.P. 1993 a legal counsel for Citibank. They established a foundation together to help underprivileged children through school, and are now subsidizing 27 young scholars in different public schools in Alexs native Negros Occidental. Alex is an eloquent and devout Catholic. He believes God must have destined our people for some great role; why, in all history, he reasoned, were we Filipinos the only Christian nation in Asia? One thing is certain: He and his wife Pia practice their Christianity and live it. Four years ago, he and his wife had a serious discussion about migrating to the US or Canada because the Philippines, as a country appeared hopeless since things only got worse year after year. They wanted to know if their children (they have three, one boy and two girls) would be better off staying in our country or abroad in the next 20 years. Pia and Alex had asked themselves the question: Is there hope for the Philippines to progress in the next 20 years? They reasoned: If the answer is Yes, then they would stay. If it was No, they would leave and relocate abroad while they were still young and energetic. There were long discussions. One day, the realization, Alex recalls, struck them: the answer to that question was in themselves. The country would improve, Pia and Alex finally understood, if they and every other Filipino did something about it. Leaving the Philippines was not the solution. As Lacson put it in his book: The answer is in us as a people; that hope is in us as a people. These are the 12 things every person can do to help ones country. At first blush, they seem simple. When you study them more closely, they are difficult to do. But all of us, even the youth, can do them.: 1) Follow traffic rules. Follow the law. 2) Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt. 3) Dont buy smuggled goods. 4) When you talk to others, especially foreigners speak positively about us and our country.

5) Respect your traffic officer, policeman and soldier. 6) Do not litter. Dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve. 7) Support your church. 8) During elections, do your solemn duty. 9) Pay your employees well. 10) Pay your taxes. 11) Adopt a scholar or a poor child. 12) Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and love our country.

A. Social Activism and the Environment Greeneration From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. (NRSV, Luke 12:48) YFC Greeneration is a campaign that aims to rally todays youth to become a green generation, and that of a greener nation. This is our response to the call for responsible stewardship and is designed to link with the Catholic Church in organizing and implementing relevant programs that will help stop or lessen the deterioration of our Earth and promote for its care instead. We acknowledge that the Earth and everything on it came from God and would not exist without Him. This advocacy anchors on the verse: "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:3) The YFC Greeneration advocacy has three components. First, we receive Gods gift with gratitude. Second, we cultivate Gods gift responsibly. And third, we share Gods gift lovingly. The advocacy also presents Seven (7) Ways to Haven, which clearly identifies concrete ways to living the advocacy. 7 Ways to Haven PRESERVATION a. aircON OFFer to Gods Creation The use of air conditioners is steadily becoming a trend. It was designed to provide us comfort in our homes, place of recreation, and even in our work place. Even though it was intended for the betterment of our quality of life it has its detrimental effects and so responsible use of it is a must. We usually turn off our air conditioners at a certain time as a means to save up money by reducing energy consumption, but we can put a deeper meaning in it. We can turn off air conditioners and offer it to the preservation of balance in Gods creation putting a better spirit behind our act. More than just an act of saving up budget, it is also an act of saving lives.

b. Lights OFF Life ON Having lights in our homes, workplace or almost anywhere else is a necessity for us to do our specific task. In our long day there are moments as well where in we dont require the lights to be on

but we still leave it as is. Turning off lights when not in use can promote life preservation. It lessens the use of energy, which means lesser fossil fuels will be burned lessening the pollution in our air. PREVENTION c. Battling Bottles We use plastic bottles for our convenience in expense of leading our environment to destruction. In our annual conferences one of the major portion of our waste are plastic bottles. It is very timely that we try to avoid the use of plastic bottles. In cases that we are to use plastic bottles we make sure that it finds its way to the recycling centers. d. StyroTyping Fast-food chains that provide our food in our conferences and big gatherings have been a usual scene. Most of the food packaging is made of styro. Aside from plastic bottles styro comprises a major portion of waste in our gatherings. Being a non biodegradable material makes styro a threat to our environment. It is about time we stereotyped styro as harmful to our environment thus we avoid the use of it. e. Dont LITTER be LITERATE In our gatherings we usually generate a significant volume of waste. If not managed properly it becomes litter. In gatherings like PYC, RYC, and ILC, it has been a usual scene to see a lot of litter in the conference site despite the presence of garbage bags all over the area. We should not litter if we are literate enough to know the difference between waste and litter. We make sure waste is in its rightful place. f. SegWay Generating a large volume of waste entails a big responsibility of properly disposing it. One way of disposing garbage that greatly helps in solving problems of the lack of landfills to accommodate all rubbishes is segregation. Segregating waste is not just of environmental importance, but of economic concern too. In every gathering may it be small or big group, we should practice segregating our waste as one of our ways in taking care of the environment. CULTIVATION g. erecTREEcity In an age where technological advancement is highly valued we sometimes reduce the value of trees in to a raw material that we are free to abuse. We replace forest trees with subdivisions or business establishments. In exchange for industrialization we sacrifice our environment. The call to plant trees has always been there for its effect in the balance of ecology is very significant. Erecting tree cities to once again give power and life to our now ailing planet is a must. Becoming responsible stewards of Earth is an equally important component of our being good Christians, in the same way as loving our brothers and sisters, reading Scripture, or receiving the Holy Sacraments are. Participating and advocating for the YFC Greeneration campaign is not only important in becoming a good Christian, but is a must.

Activity 2 1. Group the participants in given of three (3) to four (4) people. As much as possible, the members of each group should come from separate sectors. Each group will be given a flipchart/large pad of paper and pen for their discussion, which will then be collected at the end of the workshop. 2. Each group shall be asked to come up with what they think is a creative event for each of the following: 1. ANCOP 2. Greeneration 3. 100% Free 4. Other social advocacies 3. The moderator will assign a main advocacy (from the list above) for each group. The groups will then focus on planning for their chosen event for said advocacy. This will include: a. Name of the event b. Beneficiary c. Target Participants d. Objective/Desired Output e. Dynamics (what will be included in the event i.e. will there be a presentation, freebies, etc.) f. Ideas/Anticipated needs of the event (admin, logistics, finance, marketing, program etc.) 4. After the workshop session, each group shall present to the plenary the results of their discussion, as if proposing to their own Campus EXECOMS the socio-political events that they would like to hold in their areas. 5. The rest of the plenary will be given the chance to air their comments as well as any new ideas/suggestions arising from the presentations, at the end of each event proposal. Evaluation/Processing The moderator should provide a brief yet concise synopsis of the results presented, highlighting any topics which were particularly dominant during the discussion and presentation. The workshop should be ended with a reinforcement of how each individual is being called by God to do their part for society. The moderator may choose to share The Starfish Story or any similar short reading to emphasize the difference even a single person can make in this world

The Starfish Story Guest Author - Deanna Joseph adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley 1907 - 1977 Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man. To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die." Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference to that one!"

Few stories have gained internet popularity the way "The Star Thrower" has. Most often it's sighted as "author unknown," but it is actually a classic from 1979 written by Loren Eiseley, who has been hailed as a modern day Henry David Thoreau. Loren Eiseley was both a scientist and a poet, and to this day his writing is the subject of much discussion and inspiration. In this story he is the "wise man" touched by the innocence and determination of another soul. "The Star Thrower" is a classic story of the power within each one of us to make a difference in the lives of others. And though it has appeared in many forms (sometimes it's a native american man who is throwing the starfish into the sea, sometimes it's a grandfather, or a young girl or boy) it is none the less a powerful reminder that we should be here for each other, and to seek to help, even in small ways, whenever we can. In such turbulent times as these, when we may feel alone and small and unable to make any lasting changes we may find ourselves asking "What can I do that will make a difference?" or "What can one small person like me do?" In reality we don't have to be rich, talented or even particularly intelligent to make a difference in the life of another. We just need to remember that we ARE here for a purpose, and that making small changes in the world eventually add up to something bigger in the life of another. When we become throwers of the stars, we too, have the power to change the world

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
A workshop for Campus VPs for Finance RATIONALE: The VPs for Finance in each campus manage and disburse all funds of the local YFC group. It is their job to ensure that there is sufficient funding for the YFC activities throughout the year, as well as an initial operating fund for the following school year and incoming YFC group in their campus. Beyond raising funds and accurate bookkeeping, VPs for Finance should elevate the level of financial stewardship in their campuses and assist the group in ensuring that their economic gifts are used in such a way that truly glorifies the Lord through the campus-based YFCs.

OBJECTIVES: 1. To understand the importance of financial stewardship, both in their personal lives and in their role as VPs for Finance and Marketing. 2. To be equipped with basic skills in budgeting and accounting 3. To come up with ideas and concepts for concrete fund raising and marketing plans for YFC in their campuses. DYNAMICS: 1. The workshop consists of an interactive discussion on financial stewardship, followed by a short lecture on budgeting and accounting for YFC events. 2. OPENING ACTIVITY: Bid Wars (goal of the game main lesson it wants to impart) a.The workshop may begin with a bidding war in which the moderator distributes various sums of play money to 3 groups of people. b. Each group will draw lots to see who will be the first, second, and last to bid. This cycle continues until there are no more items to bid upon, or the groups have used up all their play money c..Each group will select an official representative to place the bid by raising his/her hand and shouting the amount they are willing to give in exchange for the item on deck, but the group must decide as one as to which items to bid on and for how much. d. The moderator will start the bidding with an item of relatively small value, eventually moving to larger items and occasionally throwing the groups off by inserting secret items which could either be of high or low value. e. Sample order of items: Ballpen Ream of bond paper Masking tape Mobile Prepaid load Secret item: Campus Manual Songbook Guitar Secret item: pencil and sharpener Voucher for one free registration to the ILC

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At the end of the bidding war, the groups can evaluate which of them got the best deal and made the most of the amount they were given. They can also assess which groups were more willing to take risks on secret items, and which risks paid off or not.

3. Discussion proper 4. After the discussion, the participants will be divided into groups to accomplish the activity. 5. The workshop will end with the group presentation of results from the activity followed by a synthesis of insights. MATERIALS NEEDED: 1. Play money and various items for sale 2. Visual aids for all discussions 3. Worksheets on Budgeting and Accounting 4. Whiteboard and markers 5. Flipchart/large pad of paper and pen for every breakout group

TALK OUTLINE I. Introduction Emphasize the worth of the items bid uponis it an asset or liability, as well as the challenges encountered by the groups because of difference in priorities, as well as difference in the amount of money they received. Knowledge on Financial Stewardship is thus important to ensure that we make the most use out of what God has given us.

II. Main Points Financial stewardship According to Barrero, Canales, and Mason (2009), financial stewardship is the administrative skills relating to money management, fiscal responsibility, finances, income, savings, credit/debt, and property (Keeping the Cup Full: Financial Stewardship for Teens and Young Adults, p. 27). Financial stewardship implies taking responsibility for the fiduciary or treasure part of your life and using the money that God has given you to prudently and wisely (see Parable of the Talents; Matthew 25:14-28). Five components: 1. Distinguishing between needs and wants Do I need a new mobile phone? 2. Concerned with savings at all levels, but particularly savings that undermines unnecessary spending Do I spend on additional gear for my camera which I dont really need that much or should I save for the expenses I will incur for my thesis next semester? 3. Recognizing and learning the difference between assets and liabilities in order to become financially responsible Do I buy an X-Box which will also cost me money for electricity and additional games, or should I buy a laptop which will help me in my studies instead?

4. Living a life of charity, which is far more than merely giving donations to charitable causes and organizations Do I give only when I have excess money to spare and after I have bought even the unnecessary wants, or should I make it a point to allot a certain amount of my allowances to help my church and those who are in need? 5. Living a life of frugality, which is the reduction of waste, curbing costly habits, suppressing instant gratification by means of fiscal self-restraint Do I spend my money on things that do not last or that I get tired of easily or can I control my fleeting material desires? *May discuss with the participants regarding their financial habits (personal and those experienced in YFC activities) *Sample activity: Youth Camp A. Budgeting and Accounting for YFC Activities 1. setting realistic expectations (expected working budget = 20 participants and service team @ Php 300/head = Php 6,000) 2. working within or under ones budget 3. anticipating and accounting for all needs (logistics, food, kits, etc.) 4. canvassing for the best deals (looking at as many possible venues, checking the availability of discounts, etc.) 5. maximizing available resources and purchasing only as a final resort (borrowing necessary props or equipment as opposed to purchasing or renting) 6. keeping receipts and reimbursement forms 7. accurate and up-to-date bookkeeping (matching credit with debit) B. Marketing 1. determining what appeals to the target audience (determine personalities in the campus, target specific groups i.e. dance camp) 2. maximizing the different media for gathering hype and disseminating information (social networking sites, bulletin boards, room-to-room invitations, etc.) 3. importance of networking at the top as well as grassroots level 4. coming up with innovative marketing risks (assign a mascot to promote the youth camp, etc.) 5. staying true to the core of YFC (not sacrificing the values of YFC in spite of the challenges it may pose in marketing) C. Fundraising 1. foreseeing the needs of the campus early during the school year (must be aware of regular activities i.e. youth camps, campus tour, etc., as well as other possible events or projects) 2. determining what appeals to the target sponsors (target companies or brands that are interested in promoting themselves to college students) 3. ensuring a win-win opportunity for both the sponsors and beneficiaries (dont sell the event short, but also ensure that the sponsors will be treated fairly) 4. developing a professional attitude in communicating with others

(business letter-writing in formal or dignified informal writing style, proper grammar, etc.)

III. Activity 1. Group the participants in groups of three (3) to four (4) people. As much as possible, the members of each group should come from separate sectors. Each group will be given a flipchart/large pad of paper and pen for their discussion, which will then be collected at the end of the workshop. 2. Each group shall be asked to draw lots and come up with a marketing plan and budget plan for one of the following YFC activities: a. Prayer Meeting b. Campus Tour c. Youth Camp d. Community Outreach 3. Each group will also be tasked to come up with a plan for what they believe to be an out-of-thebox fund raising event. a. Name of the event b. Target Participants c. Objective/Desired Output d. Dynamics (what will be included in the event i.e. will there be a presentation, freebies, fun run, etc.) 4. After the workshop session, each group shall present to the plenary the results of their discussion (B & C), as if presenting a project proposal to their own Campus EXECOMS. 5. The rest of the plenary will be given the chance to air their comments as well as any new ideas/suggestions arising from the presentations, at the end of each group proposal.

IV. Evaluation/Processing The moderator should provide a brief yet concise synopsis of the results presented, highlighting any topics which were particularly dominant during the discussion and presentation. The workshop should be ended with a reminder of the limitless possibilities that Gods grace offers us.

ARCHIVING WORKSHOP
VP for Documentation Workshop RATIONALE Having records of the past would be beneficial for the future generations because it could serve as a resource material and a guide to them. It also helps ensure that the legacy of the past generations would be preserved which later could serve as a source of inspiration for those who are next in line. Having a good archiving can be beneficial in keeping in track of the growth of a campus and its members. OBJECTIVES 1. To understand the importance of archiving as part of the operations in YFC Campus Based and in the bigger mission of YFC 2. To be able to identify the basic records and documents that they should have and keep for their campus. 3. To be equipped with basic archiving skills MATERIALS 1. Writing Materials 2. Basic forms (Household Monitoring sheet, Activity Monitoring sheet, Pre Youth Camp Report, and Youth Camp Completion Report) DYNAMICS: 1. ACTIVITY 1 : List Down.. Ask the participants to write down the records they have from the past to present and the records that they have yet to have that is essential for their campus. 2. Workshop proper 3. ACTIVITY 2: iARCHIVE 2. The participants will be given a box filled with different documents of all kinds, included are some unnecessary files.
NOTE: The speaker should have an idea as to the content of all these documents, since questions are to come from there.

3. They will be asked a particular question pertaining to a specific activitys preparation. To be able to answer the question they need to find the right document that could help them answer the question. They need to be able to answer in less than two (2) minutes. 4. For the second time they will be asked once again anything about the details that could be found in the documents they are holding. However, before they are asked to answer the question, they will be asked to try organizing the documents first. They are given five (5) minutes to organize. 5. They need to answer the question in less than two (2) minutes individually. 4. Open Forum TALK OUTLINE INTRODUCTION Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization's lifetime, and are kept to show the function of an organization. The process of keeping the documents in an organized and systematized manner is called archiving.

Importance of Archiving It is important to manage documents and to maintain an archive to improve the quality of our ministerial work, especially in actions which require data retrieval. Archiving is also essential in preserving the communitys heritage and helping it account for its activities. Proper data management and archiving also reflects the progress of a given activity from beginning to end and ensures continuity of the work in the event of changes in leadership. What to Archive Any document that reflects the work of the community should be archived, especially if it meets one or more of the following criteria. was received or formally drawn up in the course of its activities (e.g. memos, official communication letter, minutes of the meeting) Manuals (e.g. Youth camp, EXERT, Campus Tour) involves the responsibility of the YFC as an organization within the campus (e.g. attendance, monitoring sheet, activity report, financial statements) has significant value in the history of your respective campuses (e.g. certificate of recognition, awards received, database of members)

How to Archive 1. Gather all hard/paper files and portable storage devices (CDs, tapes, etc.) 2. Sort according to categories 3. Scan/Prepare Back-up electronic files 4. Check if all important files have been scanned/saved 5. Keep important hard files (i.e. School recognition, certificates, communication from campus administrator, receipts), as well as Plaques, videotapes, etc. ACTIVITY: iARCHIVE a. The participants will be given a box filled with different documents of all kinds, included are some unnecessary files.
i. NOTE: The speaker should have an idea as to the content of all these documents, since questions are to come from there.

b. They will be asked a particular question pertaining to a specific activitys preparation. To be able to answer the question they need to find the right document that could help them answer the question. They need to be able to answer in less than two (2) minutes. c. For the second time they will be asked once again anything about the details that could be found in the documents they are holding. However, before they are asked to answer the question, they will be asked to try organizing the documents first. They are given five (5) minutes to organize. d. They need to answer the question in less than two (2) minutes individually. CONCLUSION The Lord has been faithful to us throughout the years. He has blessed us with a lot of things. To take note of all those things is vital in taking care of all the gifts He has given to us. We are challenged to do better each year and having a basis would be beneficial in doing so because we can learn from past experiences especially if it is well documented. We dont just take note of the activities and

accomplishment of our campus, we take note of how the Lord reveal Himself in our campuses and so we need to be diligent in taking into account all of His works in our campuses.