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CFC youth for christ

3-Year Pastoral Formation Track


year 1

youth camp handbook


training
2011 Revised Edition

Manila, Philippines
table of contents
YOUTH CAMP TRAINING
2011 Revised Edition HANDBOOK

I. Overview

A. Rationale and Objectives 5


B. Objectives 5
C. Schedule 6
D. Roles and Responsibilities of the Service Team 6
E. The Youth Camp Training Talks and Activities 7
F. Guidelines in Conducting the Youth Camp 8
G. Guidelines in Conducting the Mock Activities 9

II. Youth Camp Training Talks

TALK 1: Understanding the Youth Camp 13


TALK 2: Spritual Warfare: The Unseen Battle 22
TALK 3: Being a Facilitator 27
TALK 4: Speaking Gods Word 37

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YOUTH CAMP TRAINING OVERVIEW

a. rationale
The Youth Camp is one of the most crucial points in our life as we
serve in this ministry. It is in this activity that the youth would be able to
re-establish who they are as children of God. They would also know more
about their faith, and have the opportunity to establish friendships with
people who believes in the same faith. It is in this entry point that they are
re-committed and renewed into a life and relationship with Christ.

In this camp, we experience meeting different kinds of youth who have


different notions, thoughts, or beliefs about their faith that may or may not
led them to an open understanding of what they have heard and realized
during the sessions. Our Youth Camp is designed to carefully assist the
youth into a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ; hopefully leading them
into a renewed relationship with Him, it is very important that all members
of the service team are trained and oriented properly in order to conduct
the activity with care and proper guidance.

Thus, an intensive Youth Camp Training was designed in order to


address this purpose. The Youth Camp Training is a one (1) whole day
activity, conducted by the Team Leader, given to ALL members of the
service team for the upcoming Youth Camp. This should be scheduled at
least one (1) month before the Youth Camp. It contains four (4) sessions
and one (1) activity, all designed to give the service team a full grasp and
understanding of the activity.

b. objectives

The Youth Camp Training aims for the service team to:
1. Have a better understanding of the Youth Camp
2. Be trained to effectively serve in the activity through their
various roles and responsibilities
3. Coordinate each others efforts in preparation for the
upcoming camp
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c. schedule 2. Team Leader

8:00 - 8:30 Arrival and Registration a. In charge of finding and finalizing the apt venue, together
8:30 - 8:45 Teaching of Songs with the YFC Couple Coordinator.
8:45 - 9:15 Morning Worship
9:15 - 10:00 Talk 1: Understanding the Youth Camp b. Determines and finalizes all speakers and sharers for the
10:00 - 10:15 Break training.
10:15 - 11:15 Talk 2: Spiritual Warfare The Unseen Battle
11:15 - 11:30 SHARING and Open Forum c. Assigns worship leader and music ministry for the activity.
11:30 - 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 - 12:45 Gathering d. Facilitates and conducts the Youth Camp Training activity.
12:45 - 1:00 Afternoon Worship
1:00 - 1:45 Talk 3: Being a Facilitator 3. Assistant Team Leader
1:45 - 2:00 MOCK Group Discussion
2:00 - 2:45 Talk 4: Speaking Gods Word a. In charge of registration and food preparation for the activity.
2:45 - 3:15 Preparing for Giving of Talk
3:15 - 4:30 Mock Youth Camp b. Ensures that all members of the service team are present in
(All talks will be given 5 minutes each) the training.
Mock Pray-Over Session for 30 minutes each
4:30 - 5:00 Evaluation/ Feedback c. Handles training materials that may be needed (e.g. visual
5:00 - 5:20 Prayer for Empowerment presentation, IDs, handouts etc.).
5:20 - 5:30 Closing Worship
4. Music Ministry

d. roles and responsibilities of the service team a. Prepares the song sheets/visual presentations of the songs
through laptops and LCD projector.
In this activity, the team leader, assistant team leader, Couple
Coordinators and the Music Ministry are the main service teams for this b. Provides materials for teaching of songs (e.g. songbook,
training. Members of the team are to plan and act based on the following guitar, guitar strings, backup instruments etc.).
roles and responsibilities assigned for each:
e. understanding the training talks
1. YFC Couple Coordinator and activities
a. Leads the Youth Camp Training Activity, together with the TALK 1: Understanding the Youth Camp
Team Leader.
This talk gives them a brief overview of the entire activity, seeing it
b. In charge of looking for and finalizing the venue, together from a different point of view for the first time. This makes them realize
with the Team Leader. how significant the activity has been in their personal journey in the
ministry. Different elements of the camp are highlighted in order for
c. Oversees all pastoral content and general needs of the them to see how such are important in the success of the camp.
assembly (sound system, chairs, budget, food etc.).
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TALK 2: Spiritual Warfare The Unseen Battle g. guidelines


in conducting the mock activities
This talk allows the service team to realize that preparation is not
only outward but inward as well. It talks about spiritual preparations Mock activities within this training are conducted so that the team will
of each person in the camp as a vital part in the over-all output of the have an over-all idea of the experience. It is important that these mock
camp. activities be scheduled and be conducted properly so as to promote the
proper culture of the camp.
TALK 3: Being a Facilitator
1. Mock Group Discussion
This talk allows them to realize the importance of being a facilitator
in the camp, making them see how they are the first to establish good a. Divide the crowd into groups of 5-7.
and strong friendships with the participants. This session equips
them with the basic knowledge and responsibilities in leading the b. Assign a person that will act as the facilitator of the group.
participants at the start of a renewed journey with Christ.
c. Have the group answer When did I experience Gods Love?
TALK 4: Speaking Gods Word
d. After twenty (20) minutes, instruct the group to wrap up their
This talk empowers and equips the speakers and sharers of the discussion.
camp into bringing and sharing the message of Christ in their lives.
This session allows them to keep in mind the basics of delivering their e. Have at least ten (10) minutes of sharing and feedback from
stories with excellence and humility. the crowd.

f. guidelines f. The Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, and Couple


in conducting the youth camp training Coordinator In-charge must be ready to answer; give
comments, tips or insights on the mock activity.
1. This is a one (1) whole day activity conducted for the service team
members of the camp. 2. Mock Youth Camp Activity

2. All members of the service team are REQUIRED to attend this a. Assign the Camp Servant as the acting Team Leader of the
activity. Camp for this activity.

3. In cases that a service team member fails to attend the activity, the b. After the fourth talk of the training, assign five persons (5) as
Team Leader must conduct a fast track training for the absentee. your acting speakers, and four (4) acting sharers.

4. During the training, it is important that the attendees take down Gods Love and His Plan for Us: speaker and sharer
notes and have copies of the handout for them to be guided as
Who is Jesus Christ to Me: speaker and sharer
they listen to the talk.
Repentance, Faith, Healing and Forgiveness: speaker
5. The mock activity for the pray-over session will be conducted and sharer
within the mock youth camp activity. Thus, all written comments/
observations should be kept during the pray-over session, Receiving Gods Gift - The Power of the Holy Spirit:
continued during talk five (5), and handed back to the team leader speaker only
after the activity.
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Growing in the Spirit - Life & Mission of YFC: speaker f. Orient the crowd that this will be a mock activity on the pray-
and sharer over session.
c. Distribute the expanded talk outlines to the speakers. The g. Have the pair distributed in different areas within the venue.
sharers can read the talk together with the speakers assigned. Have the person acting as participant to sit on the chair as the
pray-over session is conducted.
d. Keeping in mind the roles and responsibilities discussed
previously, all assigned are to prepare for the mock activity. h. Give time for the facilitators to prepare. They can review their
handouts or ask Couple Coordinators for proper guidance.
e. The speakers need not give the whole talk, but just the main
points. i. The mock activity starts as soon as the music ministry starts
playing reflection songs.
f. The team leader, speakers, and sharers will deliver their mini-
talks/testimonies in front of the audience. Each speaker has j. By then, the pairs should start with the actual pray-over
five (5) minutes while each sharer has three (3) minutes. session.
g. The audience will be listing their comments/observations on a k. Each round is given ten (10) minutes maximum.
piece of paper (both positive and negative). After which, they
will give this to the Team Leader for discussion. l. After the activity, have at least ten (10) minutes to gather
feedback, sharing and observations from the crowd.
h. It is the role of the team leader to make sure that everyone sees
these observations as areas for IMPROVEMENT. Encourage m. It is the role of the team leader to make sure that everyone sees
them to ask for guidance and prepare in prayer for the camp. these observations as areas for IMPROVEMENT. Encourage
Thus, comments and observations should be done objectively, them to ask for guidance and prepare in prayer for the camp.
avoiding any bad humor, or insult from any member of the Thus, comments and observations should be done objectively,
group. avoiding any bad humor, or insult from any member of the
group.
3. Mock Activity on the Pray-Over Session

a. Group the crowd into pairs.


Note: This can be done during registration or by count off.

b. Instruct the crowd to assign a person to be person A and


another to be person B.

c. There will be two rounds in this mock activity.

d. In the first round, all assigned as person A will be the facilitators,


while those assigned as person B will be the participant.

e. In the second round, reverse the roles. All assigned as person


B will be the facilitators, while those assigned as person A will
be the participant.
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chapter 2 understanding the youth camp


YOUTH CAMP TRAINING TALKS TALK 1 OF THE YFC YOUTH CAMP TRAINING
session dynamics

objectives

1. To have a clear understanding of the youth camp as our way to


evangelize
2. To know the roles that each person has in conducting the activity
3. To encourage and empower one another as the team experiences
serving others

dynamics

1. SHORT OPENING ACTIVITY:


The speaker will ask the crowd, randomly, on their experiences
about their youth camp

How was your Youth Camp?


Since then until now, how has it changed you?

2. The speaker will use the sharing to be his take off point for the talk
3. Talk proper
4. End of talk

speakers profile

An active leader that has experienced leading camps in the past;


someone who has personally experienced great change, seeing the
purpose of the youth camp as part of Gods plan for him.
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As we become instruments of Gods love to these people, we, at the


same time, are nourished spiritually by having a deeper understanding of
the talks and are able to experience growth by experiencing and learning
different aspects of service. Thus, it is important to realize that we as
understanding the youth camp members of this team see this experience not only as a way for to us to
TALK 1 OF THE YFC YOUTH CAMP TRAINING serve but also to grow in God.
expanded outline III. Elements of a Youth Camp

The Youth Camp is designed to experience the four (4) main elements
of YFC (Fun, Freedom, Friendship and Faith). All in all, these elements give
I. Introduction the participants a taste and experience of what it means to live their lives
with God and in the community.
In YFC, our primary means of evangelization is the Youth Camp. It is in
the Youth Camp where we let the participants experience what it means to A. Fun
be young, Christian, and happy. It is in this activity that we encourage them
to experience a renewal of their relationship with God, inviting them to be A major part of a young persons life is experiencing fun. It is
a part of CFC Youth for Christ. Seeing the importance of this, it is crucial important for them to see the beauty of their lives through enjoying
that we reach a full understanding of the Youth Camp and what it means each moment. In YFC we want them to see that this can be most
to be in service to them. experienced when they live a life for Christ. This is why it is important
that our youth camps are fun and enjoyable for everyone. This can be
II. Goals of the Youth Camp done through:

The youth camp is a venue for to us to evangelize and to meet other Ice breakers as a way for them to establish friendships with
youth from different walks of life. We will be meeting people around each other
our age who are willing or unwilling to go through this camp. Some are
rebellious, some may be forced, or some may simply have no idea. It is Games as a way for them to understand the teachings more
important that we understand where they we are coming from in order for
us to accurately achieve our goals in this camp. As people called to serve Entertainment Night a way for them to express who they are
them in this camp, our task is to: through their talents and enjoy each others company

A. Introduce Jesus into their lives - we simply point to Jesus and His B. Friendship
truth.
One of the aspects that the youth build their lives on is in their
B. Encourage the participants to invite Jesus into their lives. relationships with their peers. Their peers hold great influence in
their decisions, choices, and preferences in life. It is a major part of
C. Invite the participants into the support environment of YFC as their growth. In YFC, we allow them to experience true and lasting
active members. friendships with each other in God. We introduce them to people that
can influence them in a positive way, moving them to become better
D. Introduce the life of fun, freedom, friendship, and faith that they persons. This is why it is important that our youth camps give ways for
will have in this community. them to establish such kind of relationship. This can be done through:

E. Establish a lasting and true friendship with them Small group discussions
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introduces them to various forms of prayer that they can use


Getting to Know you games in their daily lives. (e.g. praying in tongues, personal prayer
time, reflection)
One-on-ones with their discussion group leaders
Worship This introduces a different type of prayer to the
Bonfire sessions entertainment night participants, expressing their faith through music, in praise of
God.
Acts of service for our participants
IV. Flow of the Talks
C. Freedom
The talks in the Youth Camp are designed to assist them carefully into
At this time of their life, the youth have an eager need to express a clear understanding of their faith, Gods love, Jesus Christ, and what they
and be understood by the people around them. They want to have need to do as a response to this love. Each session is accompanied with
an opportunity to express who they are, and be themselves without Bible Verses, stories, or illustrations to further give clarity on what it means
judgment. In YFC, we teach them the freedom in Gods light. We create to be in a relationship with Christ. Each talk has a corresponding basic
opportunities for them to be themselves, and learn how God wants gospel truth, deepening growth in their faith.
them to use their freedom responsibly.

This can be done through:


BASIC GOSPEL TRUTH YOUTH CAMP TALK
Personal sharing through one -to- one and group discussions. Gods Love for Mankind; His Plan
This creates a venue for them to be themselves around people Gods Love and His Plan for Us
for Mans Fullness of Life with Him
and trust them with their point of views and experiences.
Introduces the ultimate expression
Who is Jesus Christ To Me?
of Gods love - Jesus Christ
Commitment Ceremony In the atmosphere of prayer and
reflection, this encourages the youth to make a choice and Mans sin as he turns away from Repentance, Faith, Healing and
take a stand on their own, making them see the importance of Gods plan Forgiveness
choosing responsibly.
Mans Response: Accepting Gods Gods Gift: The Power of the
Invitation and Living as His People Holy Spirit
D. Faith
Growing deeper in ones personal
Growth Talk/ Life and Vision of
We teach the youth to anchor on their faith, encouraging them to relationship with Jesus through
YFC
see the significance of their faith as they journey with God in their daily community
lives. Faith allows them to continue their relationship with God even if
the world gives them reason to do otherwise. In YFC, we give venues
for them to express and experience, and the opportunity to strengthen Talk 1: Gods Love and His Plan for Us
their faith. We can do this through:
Makes the participants aware of the truth that God loves
Sessions This gives them a clearer picture of hanging on to them. The talk also leaves them with the challenge to respond
what they believe in. to this love.

Prayer This creates venues for them to strengthen their


faith through a personal relationship with God. This camp
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Talk 2: Who is Jesus Christ to Me? A. Team Leader

Makes the participants aware that Jesus is alive in our lives,


Leads the sessions through leading the prayer, introduces the
that He is someone we can know in a personal way and that speaker, and wraps up each session after talk ends.
He is inviting us to have a personal relationship with Him.
Listens to all talks and sharing.
Talk 3: Repentance, Faith, Healing and Forgiveness
Leads the Dedication Ceremony after the Pray-over of Parents
Helps the participants become aware that sin and hurts in our and Child/children. He is the person who understands all the
lives become obstacles in experiencing Gods love. The talk sessions and knows all the participants well.
helps the participants realize that a personal relationship with
Jesus can only happen when we first admit and become sorry Works in consultation with the Assistant Team Leader, and
for our sins, repent and forgive those who have hurt us. Couple Coordinator In-Charge for unity and provides focus
for the team.
Talk 4: Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit
Facilitates in all youth camp team meetings and makes sure
Introduces to the Youth the power of the Holy Spirit they once the camp is executed properly.
received in their baptism at birth to strengthen and guide
our lives, and clarifies how we can experience this power Corrects the team, together with the Couple Coordinator In-
personally during our personal encounter Christ Charge, if needed, or gives positive and negative feedback to
the service team at the end of each day during the camp.
Talk 5: Growing in the Spirit, Dedication to the Life and Mission
of CFC Youth for Christ. Assists the speakers with their needs.

Equips the participants with the knowledge of how to grow in B. Assistant Team Leader
their relationship with God.
Assists the team leader with practical and pastoral matters.
The session should be conducted in a prayer meeting format
(there should be full worship before the session). This further Responds to the needs of the sisters and provides inputs in
imparts the YFC culture to the participants in showing what an planning and conducting the camp.
assembly is like. It is in this session that the reading of letters,
participants dialogue with parents, praying over each other Takes note of important things in the meeting and makes sure
and invitation to YFC will happen. that all the details in the camp are well executed and done.

V. Roles and Responsibilities within the Team Assists the speakers with their needs.

Each member of the team is crucial in the over-all success of the camp. C. Camp Servant
One must remember and be faithful to all responsibilities given them by
the Lord through this camp. All in all, each part of the team must learn Works on all preparations prior to each activity of the camp.
to coordinate and help one another to achieve the goals of this camp.
The following are the general roles and responsibilities of each part of the Coordinates with the team leader at all times.
team: Reminds the team leader and the assistant of the schedule in
order to keep everything on time.
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D. Speakers and Sharers Must be an example in speech and in conduct to the youth.

Speaks Gods word and how it has been real in their personal Intercede for prayers for the whole duration of the youth
lives. camp.

Helps the youth understand the talk and the basic Gospel VI. Conclusion
truth that accompanies it.
God gives us plenty of opportunities to evangelize. In YFC, our number
E. Facilitators
one means of evangelization is the Youth Camp. It is a gift from God and
like any other gift, we try to understand its proper use, so that He who
Handle all group discussions in order for the participants to
gave us this gift may be pleased.
express and share their own understanding of the talks.

Handle all one-to-one discussion.

F. Music Ministry and Worship Leaders

Handle teaching of songs.

Encourage the youth to sing, allowing them to see that singing


is a form of praying.

Lead the youth into honoring Gods presence.

G. Couple Coordinators in Charge

Must have a close coordination with the team leader and


assistant team before, during, and after the camp.

Coordinate the schedule of the Youth Camp with the CFC


Chapter/School Moderator/Adviser.

Act as parents to everyone in the camp.

Follow up the parents in their attendance to the Parents


Orientation and Dedication Ceremony as well as the letters
the parents have to prepare for their children for the activity
on the last day of the camp.

Conduct the Parents Orientation.

Make sure that the participants attend the Holy Eucharist and
Confession.
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spiritual warfare spiritual warfare


- the unseen battle - the unseen battle
TALK 2 OF THE YFC YOUTH CAMP TRAINING TALK 2 OF THE YFC YOUTH CAMP TRAINING
session dynamics expanded outline

objectives I. Two Kingdoms


An unseen battle began with Satans rebellion. (Rev. 12: 7-10) He
1. To realize that there is an unseen battle that we have to prepare for wanted to be God. (Explain the rebellion.) In this battle against God,
2. To know and understand the full armor of God Satan was defeated and thrown out of heaven into hell. He was well aware
that he could not defeat the all-powerful God, and so he tried to destroy
3. To be confident in fighting the unseen battle with this armor the very thing that God loves Man.

Though this battle has been defeated with Christs death on the cross,
dynamics Satan continues to deceive men, making them forget the victory that they
have in Christ. He tempts them, and encourages them to sin, blinding
1. Opening Prayer men from choosing God. As part of YFC, we are called to fight for God by
2. Talk Proper evangelizing and spreading His message to the world.

3. Open Forum II. Our Weapons and Protection


4. Closing Prayer
One of the concrete things that we can do to help in the battle against
Satan is through this youth camp. It is one of the ways that we can make
speakers profile the youth aware of Gods saving love and victory over evil.

A YFC Leader who has experienced challenge/trial as he was serving As we go on our mission for Christ, God has provided for us an armor,
for a youth camp but was able to overcome it by putting on the full armor to protect us from the attacks of the evil one. He has commanded us to
of God. Put on the full armor of Christ. (Eph 6:11), in order for us to be more
aware of Satans deceiving and subtle tactics. It is through this that we can
withstand and claim the victory of Christ.
A. The whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
One of the clearest oppurtunities for Satan to put up a fight is in
our youth camps. He will do everything that he can for us not to bring
people closer to God. God is calling us to specifically prepare for this
battle. He will assist us in doing this by giving to us His armor. It is an
armor that encourages us to live a life like Christ. In this fight, He will
ask us to wear:
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1. The belt of truth (Eph.6: 14) 5. The helmet of salvation- (Eph.6: 17)

Satan is the father of lies and he will tempt us to doubt in God, The helmet protects our mind and allows us to focus on the
His word, and ourselves. In order to hang on to the truth of Christ, salvation that God has for us. As we serve in this camp, there
we tighten our belts to feel secured, tightening our grasp to what will be times when Satan will distract us with our own problems,
is true. We need to make sure we live in the truth that God loves us insecurities, or even with our plans and desires. Always keep in
unconditionally, that we are forgiven despite our sins, and that He mind of the goal of our mission: to bring the message of Gods
has a great plan, a future full of hope for all of us. Let us place our love to others. Pray for the grace to desire this goal as you serve
confidence in Gods truths knowing that He is the only and sure throughout the youth camp.
foundation in our lives.
B. Our weapons in this spiritual battle
2. The breastplate of righteousness - protection against sin
(Eph.6: 14) As we wear this armor, the Lord wants us to learn how to be more
firm in our battles by using the weapons that He has given us. These
If Satan cannot succeed by making us forget Gods truth, then weapons arm us further by allowing Gods Word and His ways to be
he will try to destroy our hearts with sin. Throughout the camp, lived out in our lives.
Satan will provoke us to get angry with our parents/friends, make
us too lazy or tired to serve, be too proud of ourselves etc. He will 1. The Sword of the Spirit - Gods Words (Eph.6:17)
use all these sins to make us feel that we are not worthy of serving.
Let us protect ourselves from sin by doing everything that we can To attack the lies of Satan, we must be fully knowledgeable of
to do the right thing for Him. Let us seek to go to confession, Christ, His life and His word. Reading the scriptures should be our
reconcile with our enemies, resist temptation, and resolve or be at sword that we can use to fight. Gods Word encourages us to be
peace with the issues that we have in our lives. more firm and trusting in our faith especially through challenging
times.
3. Our boots- our readiness to preach the Gospel of peace
(Eph.6: 15) 2. Prayer (Eph.6:18) and Fasting (Acts 13:2-3)

Satan will try to attack our courage by making us hesitant or Let us fight with the spiritual weapon of prayer by being
reluctant in our mission. He will try to make us feel the difficulties faithful to our personal prayer time and by worshipping and
and overwhelming weight of our task. Let us put on these boots interceding as a group. Prayer keeps our relationship with Christ
of readiness by nurturing our eagerness to serve. Let us always intact. It strengthens our understanding and hold on Him (esp. in
remember the reason why we are doing this youth camp: for our Youth Camp service team meetings). Fasting is a very powerful
others, and most importantly, for God. form of prayer, for it is love and service expressed in sacrifice.

4. Shield of faith- protection against the devils flaming 3. Humility


arrows of doubt (Eph.6: 16)
Humility means to acknowledge that it is only with/through
Doubts, like flaming arrows, strike us down. It seems small at God that we can do all these things. Humility means to surrender
first, but then it begins to consume us. We should stand firm in to Gods will and obey to His command. This defies Satans pride.
faith in spite of doubts, for faith is simply knowing that God has Thus, let us fight knowing that it is only by His strength and
never failed us and never will. Let us hang on to our faith especially power that we can do all things. Let us fight in humble confidence
if things seem hopeless for us. knowing that He has won the battle for us.
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4. Love

This is our primary reason for fighting this battle: Love for God
and His people. By this love, even the hardest of hearts surrender being a facilitator
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conquer all sin. Let us win more people for the Lord by learning to
love in the way that God has taught us. session dynamics

III. Conclusion

We know that this youth camp will help us bring more people back to objectives
God. Though the evil one may try to strike us down in this battle, we have
our armor that can protect us from his attacks. Let us always be ready to 1. To see the importance of a facilitators role in handling the
fight, with our weapons and the armor of God firmly in place in our lives. participants of the camp.
This is a spiritual warfare that we are going into, yet victory is ours in Christ
2. To learn how to take care and introduce Christ to the participants.
Jesus our Lord.
3. To be equipped in order to assist the participants to respond to
Gods personal call to have a relationship with Him.

dynamics

1. Opening Prayer
2. Talk Proper
3. Mock Group Discussion
a. The speaker will group the crowd into five.
b. The speaker will select one person to act as facilitators within
the group.
c. The speaker will give a sample question for the groups to
discuss among themselves. (e.g. what is your most favorite
memory of your youth camp?)
d. The group is given 2 minutes each to share about their own
experiences.
4. After the mock group discussions are finished, the speaker gathers
everyone and opens the floor for any questions.
Note: The speaker should run down the proper format for conducting group
discussions and check if the audience was able to apply it.

5. Closing Prayer
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speakers profile

A YFC Leader who has been a successful facilitator; someone who has
personally guide his own group into having a relationship with God and being a facilitator
has established a strong and personal relationship with his own members TALK 3 OF THE YFC YOUTH CAMP TRAINING
through the household. expanded outline

I. Introduction

After our own youth camps, we have realized how much God loves
us. In our personal lives, we have witnessed and experienced this kind of
love through the people around us. This time God is choosing us to be
instruments of His love to the participants in the camp. It is through us that
they will experience and recognize again the love of God.

II. Peer Treasure

As facilitators, we are to assist our participants into a deeper


understanding of His plan for them and a stronger hold on the truth of
Gods love. Throughout the camp you will be conducting:

A. Group discussions

Group discussions take place after the first talk and after the
second talk. We conduct discussions in a group with few members
in order for them to slowly vocalize how they feel and understand the
topics discussed. Group discussions are a way for them to understand
the talk, form friendships with one another, and have deeper grasp on
Gods personal message for them. Our group discussions are done
with the following steps:

1. Begin with a short prayer.

This shows the participants that everything is done with Gods


blessing and in the spirit of love.

2. Introduce each other in the group.

This is done in order to start creating the atmosphere of


friendship, encouraging them to be comfortable with one another.
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3. Make the participants comfortable C. One-to-ones

Establish rapport first before dwelling into the discussion. Also, There are instances that some participants are able to open up
stress the confidentiality of sharing within the group. As service a deeper part of themselves in a very private setting, or to just one
team, it is important for us to also stand by this confidentiality. person at a time. One-to-ones are generally conducted in order to
Let us ensure our group of our full trust and support as they encourage the participant to share further about themselves, and
strengthen their relationship with God. strengthen their bond with their future household head. The goals of
our one-to-one session are:
4. Proceed with the discussion. Have the assigned discussion
starters as guide. Clarify questions concerning the sessions.

5. End with a short prayer. (You may also ask one of your Know the participants prayer concerns:
group mates to lead.) 1. Relationships

B. Some Tips on leading your group discussions. 2. God
3. Family and Relatives
1. You are not expected to know all the answers to their
questions. If you cant answer the question, tell them that you 4. Friends
will ask help from your coordinators and will get back to them
with the answers. 5. Personal issues (e.g. vices, studies, and plans in the
future
2. We are not there to convince them but simply lead them to 6. Other Concerns
the truth.
Find out factors that may hinder the participant to receive the
3. Avoid using Christian jargons. Holy Spirit.
1. Unrepentant Attitude
4. Focus the discussion on the topic.
2. Feeling of Unworthiness
5. Budget your time. Make sure all participants will be given
an opportunity to share in the time allotted for your group 3. Pride
sharing. 4. Doubt

6. Strive to make the participant feel comfortable with you. See if the participant will make a personal decision to
Hang around with them as much as possible. accept Jesus.

7. Show concern for your group members. Check if the participant is open in proclaiming, and firm in
believing, that Jesus truly died and saved them from their sins.
8. Intercede for each of your group members. This firm belief moves us further into helping them strengthen
their relationship with God.
9. Listen to all the talks and sharing even if youve heard these
many times already. You will always learn something new. 1. The Process of conducting one-to-ones

10. Be a good example to your group. Participate in all activities Greet the participant and ask how he is doing in the camp.
(e.g. singing).
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Start with a prayer. or experience. Knowledge that is of the spirit is the fruit of
revelation, founded on faith, and synthesized by Christian
Go through with the one-to-one session, keeping in mind experience. This is more of doctrinal teaching and ability to
the goals (mentioned earlier). speak an understanding of a truth of the mystery of Christ.
(Read how Paul understands the mystery of Christ in Eph 1, Eph 3:2-3)
Explain the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. (See the following
sections for further details on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.) c. Faith
Ask the participant what gift/s he wants to receive.
It is not just an intellectual belief in God, but a confident
Ask participants for any special prayer he/she wants to assurance in God which allows us to move forward without
any doubt at all. The charismatic gift of faith seems to be a
include in the pray over.
special gift of prayer; prayer with a God-given confidence
which produces extraordinary results. It knows that what one
Explain what will happen during the activity in the evening. asks for will be given. (Matt 8:10, Matt 15:22)

Close it with a prayer. d. Healing

2. Some Tips It is the supernatural ability to affect a cure of physical or


other human illness through prayer. It s a variation of miracles
but it is more limited because healing focuses on restoring
Before the whole session, pray for each participant in your the physical body back to health. This gift enables the person
group. Be open to the Lords leading. (He will give you the to be Gods instruments in bringing about the well-being
wisdom to conduct one-to-ones.) of another, on one or more level, spiritual, psychological or
physical. (Act 5:15, 19:12)
Be aware of the time. We aim for quality time, taking into
consideration each participant in the group. e. Miracles

It is the supernatural ability to perform miraculous act,


Keep the session light - just like having a relational acts that are not the result of any known natural law or agency
conversation with a friend. but are caused by divine intervention. This enables the person
to be Gods instrument in either an instant healing or in some
3. 9 GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT other powerful manifestation of Gods power. (Acts 8:6-8,
9:36-43, 13:8-12)
The 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit assist us as we live a good Christian
f. Prophecy
life. As facilitators, we and our participants should be aware of the
importance of each gift. It is the gift by which a person is used by God to speak
on his behalf. It is a gift when God manifestst to man His own
a. Wisdom thoughts so that a message may be given for the individual or
for a group of individuals, or for the community. (Acts 13:1-3,
Is not just good practical judgment or common sense or 21:10-13).
a high degree of knowledge. The wisdom that is of the Spirit
is centered on Jesus. It is concerned with the best way to live. g. Discernment
It is Gods guidance on how to live as a Christian. (Mark 10:20, It is the gift by which a person can recognize the spirit
1Cor 12-14, Luke 18:22) behind a particular situation. This enables the person to know
the source of an inspiration or action, whether it came from
b. Knowledge the Holy Spirit, his own human accord or from the evil spirit.
(Acts 5:1-10, 8:20-24, 16:16-19).
It is not just knowing a lot of things through study
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h. Tongues Spontaneous Praising.


It is a gift by which a person is able to utter words or
Worship and glorify the Lord with the participant.
sounds which are not known or understandable to his human
intellect, to deliver Gods message for the community. (Acts
10:44-47, 19:6) Prayer for Protection
Lord Jesus, we ask You to cover us with Your Most Precious
i. Interpretation Blood and Mother Marys Mantle of Protection.

It is a companion to the gift of tongues, when used Binding and Casting; In-filling
for prophecy, and is necessary so that those who hear may
understand, and so be enlightened. It is when a person, after In Jesus name, bind and cast any negativity (vice,
the use of the gift of tongues, gives the general meaning of
addiction, sin) that he/she has (e.g. anger, fear, lust, envy,
what the person has said, or a response to what has been said.
Interpretation can also be used privately in combination with anxiety, pride, doubt, etc.)
the gift of tongues. (1Cor 14:5, 13, 27, 28)
Then pray for in filling of the positive counterpart (e.g. faith
4. Tips when theres doubt; humility when theres pride).

Before the whole session, pray for each participant in your In the Mighty Name of Jesus, we take authority and gather
group. all the evil spirits around us, above us and below us. We bind
and cast them at the foot of Your Cross to be gone forever. And
Be open to the Lords leading (He will give you the wisdom we ask the Holy Spirit to fill the void that the evil spirits have
to conduct the one-to-ones). left behind. We pray for protection against any backlash from
the evil one.
Be aware of the time. We aim for quality time, taking into
consideration each participant in the group. Lifting of Concerns. Pray for the concerns of the participant.

Keep the session light - just like having a relational Baptism of the Holy Spirit; Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy
conversation with a friend. Spirit.

D. Pray-Over Father, we now ask You, in Jesus name, to pour upon (name
of participant) Your Holy Spirit, so that he/she may receive new
The Pray-Over session is done in the middle of the fourth talk life. We also ask You, in Jesus name, to grant him/her the gift
of the youth camp. It is in this session that the participants are to of tongues and any other gift that You want him/her to receive.
proclaim boldly and confirm their belief and response to Gods call to
have a relationship with Him. As facilitators, we should be made aware Encourage the participant to pray in tongues with you.
of the importance of this session. It is here that we are to concretely
bring more souls to God. Closing Prayers

We are to conduct the pray-over in this format: - Prayer of Thanksgiving


- Prayer for a strong Christian Life
Ask participant to confess with his own lips that Jesus is Lord.
- Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Ask him to join you in a prayer or to begin the prayer himself.
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1. Tips

Baptism of the Holy Spirit does not depend on the amount of


time you pray. 5 to 10 minutes is enough.
speaking Gods Word
Remember that it is God who sends down His Spirit, not you.
TALK 4 OF THE YFC YOUTH CAMP TRAINING
Be aware of what is happening (keep your eyes open). It is session dynamics
the participants prayer, you are merely guiding him/her and
praying with him/her.

In case of disturbances (i.e. demonic oppressions), pray for objectives


and claim for Gods peace in the name of Jesus. Dont panic.
1. To see the importance of proclaiming God Word to the participants
Ask for help from your Couple Coordinator or to the Team
Leader. If you do decide to go for help, ask one of your prayer 2. To learn how to speak His word efficiently and effectively
partners to do it. Do not leave your participant at any time
3. To motivate the participants to speak His word in their everyday
during baptism.
lives
Ask for support from the CFC-YFC family during baptism.
You must have prayer warriors during this session. dynamics

II. Conclusion 1. Opening Prayer


2. Talk Proper
Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord.
(Zechariah 4:6) We may have fears, and not know how to take up the 3. Preparation time for giving talks/sharing
roles and responsibilities of serving as a facilitator. However, it is good to
4. Mock Youth Camp
know that we have a God who is always victorious. He has given us His
Spirit and as long as we seek Him, He will teach and guide us in everything 5. Open Forum
that we do.

Note: Refer to the Facilitators Handbook for other details. (Distribute a copy of this handbook
speakers profile
to all Youth Camp Facilitators.)
A YFC leader who has experienced giving talks and sharing in a Youth
Camp; someone who is clear, concise and effective in giving talks.
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d. Stick to the outline provided. This will help you avoid


overlapping into other talks.

e. Make sure that you dont lose the message by saying too
speaking Gods Word many things.
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2. Internalize the talk - understand it.
expanded outline
a. How does the talk and its points apply to you?

b. People can see if you believe in what you are saying.


I. Introduction
In this way you can come up with your own example.
Your examples will be more effective because they are
Dont let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set
personal. (e.g. Gods love in your life)
an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in
purity. (1 Tim. 4:12)
3. Prepare your outline.
God is continuing to work in our midst. We, as His young people,
a. As you go through the outline, begin finding out ways to
should strive to be witnesses of His work in all our actions. However, there
get across your message. What does my audience need
will be times that God will be calling us to proclaim His message boldly. In
to hear? How can I effectively bring that message across?
this camp, there may be a possibility that God will call us to do this task.
As we are given the opportunity to speak Gods word, we should be able to
b. Imagery is important. Come up with examples, anecdotes,
learn and improve ourselves in such a way that we will be able to become
stories that might help illustrate your point.
effective mouthpieces of the Lord.
c. Inject stories. People prefer hearing stories rather than
II. Giving a Youth Camp Talk
theoretical teachings.
Gods Word should be understood deeply and taken into heart in
d. Make your outline personal. Dont preach - share. People
order to excellently proclaim it to the participants. It is important that we
are not looking for teachers, but witnesses. People that
are clear, concise, and consistent in what we, and how we are to, deliver
they can relate with and where they see the work of the
His message.
Lord actually taking place.

4. Prayer
A. Preparing for a talk
Let the Holy Spirit guide you. Ask the Lord what He wants you
1. Begin with the end in mind.
to say to your audience.
a. Read the goals stated at the beginning of each expanded
B. Presenting the Outline
talk outline.
1. Prayers
b. What message is your talk trying to impart?
a. Before you deliver your talk, make sure someone prays
c. What part does it play in the series of talks to be given?
over you. Aside from the strength you receive from prayer,
(e.g. Youth Camp Talks, Covenant Orientation etc.)
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it puts you in the right perspective of being an instrument 6. Posture


of the Lord.
a. Be confident.
b. Pray as you speak. Listen to the Lord.
b. Avoid mannerisms (e.g. letting your hands play around.)
2. Speaking to the Audience
c. Walk around. Use helpful gestures.
a. Communicate to the people, look and glance at them, and
scan. Maintain eye to eye contact at all times. 7. Dressing Decently

b. Establish Rapport- be able to generate good reaction 8. Time


from your audience. This is where jokes are useful. Make
it interactive. It will help if you will involve your audience a. Be ready to adjust your talk depending on the time
in your talk. allotted for it.

3. Clarity b. The ideal time for a talk usually ranges between 30 to 45


mins.
a. Number your points so your audience may easily follow
you. 9. Ending your talk with a high note

b. Speak clearly with enough volume and pitch. (e.g. Use a Challenge/ encourage your audience at the end of your talk.
microphone/sound system if you need to.)
C. Attitudes
4. Avoid Christian jargons
1. Good speakers are made not born.
a. For example, The Blood of the Lamb has redeemed the
people of God from the bondage of sin, through the Baptism 2. Stage fright is natural; you can even use it to your advantage.
of the Holy Spirit. Trust in the Lord. God often allows us to experience this so
that it will allow us to pray.
b. If you do have to mention some, make sure you explain to
the participants what they mean. 3. It is the Lords work to save, not yours.

5. Tailor-fitting Your Talk (Speak in a way that fits your a. Dont impress. Speak only what the Lord wants you to
audience.) say. If you have prepared, youve done your part. The
Lord does the rest.
a. To particular age group: language and examples that your
audience can relate to. b. Your goal is not to make the participants cry or to
convince them, but to tell the truth. The word of the Lord
b. To the level of commitment of audience. is never spoken in vain.
c. Never use green/ negative humor. c. Speak your best, because it is the Lord who is asking you
- Be a faithful mouthpiece of the Lord.
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4. Love the people you are speaking to. As Christ allowed you C - Christ-centered
to experience this love, He wants the people you are speaking
to experience it as well. The point of our story should be to glorify God not ourselves.
Let us not forget that our audience should take in from our sharing
5. Remember that they need the Lord, and thats why you are the great love of Christ.
speaking to them.
B. Personal testimonies given after a talk are used to show that
6. Availability what is said in the talk can actually happen. These are stories of
bad to good or good to better situations in our lives.
a. Accept assignments to speak or share.
C. Prepare your personal testimony/ sharing.
b. Not accepting would be tantamount to saying that God
has not been able to do anything in your life. 1. Choose one aspect in your life that the Lord is working in, one
that is related to the talk being given (e.g. resentment).
c. God gave us freedom by the opportunities of not only
experiencing a great life but a chance to share these 2. Divide your sharing into 3 parts:
experiences, His blessings and His love.
a. Before: share what you were experiencing in that area
III. Sharing your personal testimony of your life before the Lord began to work. (e.g. I was
resentful of my parents...)
Sharing are personal stories shared to everyone in order for people to
see how real Christs love can be in our everyday lives. Our sharing bring b. During: show what the turning point was. What did
life and deeper meaning into the sessions given by our speakers. It helps the Lord do? (e.g. I found out the Lord forgave me so
the participants relate to the topic given. As we proclaim our victories in I should forgive...)
Christ, let us remember the following points:
c. After: How has that area in your life improved so
A. The ABCs of Sharing: far? (e.g. Slowly my relationship with my parents is
healing. We can now talk to each other more...)
A Audible
3. The ideal time for sharing your personal testimony is 3 to 5
This means our stories must be clearly spoken and heard by minutes.
everyone. Check the tone and volume of our voice. Make sure
people understand what we are saying. 4. Make your sharing personal, concrete. This makes it real.

B Brief 5. Stick only to what is true. Dont exaggerate your sharing.

Though we have a lot to tell about Christs love for us, let us D. Attitudes
also remember that our audience may fail to listen if it takes too
long to get to our main point. We should make sure that we say 1. Be confident. It is good to note that nobody will disagree with
only the necessary parts of the story and emphasize on the right your sharing because its subjective.
statements that help us support the point on the talk.
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2. Whatever your sharing is, somebody out there needs to


hear your story. Somebody will be able to relate with your
experience.

3. As the Lord continues to work in new areas of your life, so will


your sharing evolve. Update your sharing.

IV. Conclusion

Many of us will feel unworthy and unprepared to speak the word of


God. But it is the Lord Himself who touches our lips and empowers us to
speak His Word.