BASS

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BASS

A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Rolana Smith

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Rolana Smith
Rolana Smith

Youth Pastor
Peninsula Bible Church
Palo Alto, CA
650-494-3840
Rolana_Smith@pbc.org
https://www.pbc.org/users/5874ff1f27472b4bb966f013

I have the privilege of being one of the pastors at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California. I have worked with the Junior High ministry since the summer of 2007, and have experience with Junior High and High School ministries. I was born and raised here in the Bay Area and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in psychology, and graduated with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. I love working with teens, parents of teens, and youth workers. My teen years were rough, and I know first hand how challenging junior high and high school can be. Those hard years drove me to always be involved with helping people. This is one reason I love working with teens and their parents. Most teens have crises and often don’t know how God fits in their world. As God entered my life with such unbelievable love, I too hope that our students experience a love that will not fail them.

My wonderful husband, Jeff, and I live in East Palo Alto and have two wonderful and spirited daughters.




2018 Workshops

Youth: Building Relationships with the Parents of Students

3/2/2018

We know that effective youth ministry includes building a community, not just a youth group. Sometimes our love for youth leaves us speechless with parents. In the end, this hurts the students more than helps. Learn ways to communicate with and involve the parents. If you are a pastor, get them on board and be a resource to them. If you are an awesome volunteer, learn how to get to know the parents and build trust.

Youth: How to Minister to Junior Highers

3/2/2018

From adolescent development to teaching students, leading them in small groups, and mentoring them one on one, learn some more about 6-8th graders. We'll cover some of basics of how to best reach junior highers and get at their level.

Youth: Creating Good Safety Measures for Youth Ministry

3/3/2018

Policies and Guidelines can be tedious and a snooze, and yet having some firm policies to protect our youth and church workers can be very helpful. Come learn ways to implement policies that create a safe, encouraging environment for the youth while not diminishing the spontaneity of youth ministry.

Youth: Youth Group Games!

3/3/2018

Games can get teens to connect, have fun together, and build a healthy relationship with competition. God uses games in so many ways, yet it can be challenging to find the games that work for your students and are inclusive. Come have fun with us while we add games, icebreakers, and relays to your repertoire.

2015 Workshops

Youth: Leading Effective Small Groups

3/6/2015

It can be difficult to navigate the world of small groups. Each group has different needs. Learn tools on how to take your small group of teens and move them towards God and each other. Learn about creating emotional safety, small group questions, creating a small group identity, adding fun to the group, and more.

Small groups are such a significant part of youth groups. The bond teens form with their leaders, with each other, and mostly with God sticks with them through their whole life. Going deeper with teens can be difficult. From 6th grade boys to 12th grade girls, there are ways to engage your teens to get them thinking about God. Have trouble getting them to sit still? Is it hard to get your teens to talk, or to stop talking and listen? There are some wonderful strategies that may help you and your group add fun, depth, and personality.

Youth: Creating Good Safety Measures for Youth Ministry

3/6/2015

Policies and Guidelines can be tedious and a snooze, and yet having some firm policies to protect our youth and church workers can be very helpful. Come learn ways to implement policies that create a safe, encouraging environment for the youth while not diminishing the spontaneity of youth ministry.

2013 Workshops

Youth: Building Relationships with the Parents of Students

3/8/2013

We know that effective youth ministry includes building a community, not just a youth group. Sometimes our love for youth leaves us speechless with parents. In the end, this hurts the students more than helps. Learn ways to communicate with and involve the parents. If you are a pastor, get them on board and be a resource to them. If you are an awesome volunteer, learn how to get to know the parents and build trust.


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Youth: The Wonderful World of Small Groups

3/8/2013

Small groups are such a significant part of youth groups. The bond teens form with their leaders, with each other, and mostly with God sticks with them through their whole life. Going deeper with teens can be difficult. Each group has their own quirks and needs. Learn techniques and get inspired to help your group go deeper. From 6th grade boys to 12th grade girls, there are ways to engage your teens to get them thinking about God. Have trouble getting them to sit still? Is it hard to get your teens to talk, or to stop talking and listen? There are some wonderful strategies that may help you and your group add fun, depth, and personality.


Download mp3 file

Youth: Good Youth Group Games

3/8/2013

Games can get teens to connect, have fun together, and build a healthy relationship with competition. God uses games in so many ways, yet it can be challenging to find the games that work for your students and are inclusive. Come have fun with us while we add games, icebreakers, and relays to your repertoire.


Download mp3 file