All those who have put on Christ are equipped to play the part. To act out our being in Christ is to practice the new life and new covenant we have in him (Kevin Vanhoozer, 2014, based on 2 Peter 1:8-10) There were many distinguishing elements in the way Jesus ‘discipled’ his 12 disciples, as opposed to the order of the day, the discipleship in … Continue reading If young people are offered a relationship with Jesus – should it be a working one and not ‘just’ personal.
Prayer is like a telephone sang the old childrens song, that helps us talk to Jesus, it went on. Whilst the spiritual discipline of prayer, fasting and meditation seemed to be absent for much of my developing faith practice as a young person, the concept of ‘arrow -prayers’ was fairly common. That pray in an emergency type way, when theres a stressful moment going on. I … Continue reading Why its Justice and not justi.c.e thatll give youth ministry a future
I was reading through the passages in Matthews Gospel that tell us a little about the goings on during Holy Week in Jerusalem all those 2000 odd years ago. What I was hoping to was write a piece on something to do with Holy Week. What I noticed instead, was that in the midst of the week, there seemed to be good deal of story … Continue reading Why did Jesus’ practice of telling parables disappear?
Bear with me (non U2 fans) , but now im post 40, i can quote U2 lyrics… I believe in the Kingdom Come Then all the colours will bleed into one Bleed into one. But yes, I’m still running. You broke the bonds And you loosed the chains Carried the cross of my shame Oh my shame, you know I believe it. But I still … Continue reading I still might not have found what im looking for, but finding might be in the searching
Last week I posted a lengthy piece on developing strategy within organisations, for those who read it it got many positive reviews and comments, a link to the piece is here if you want to read that one first , but please remember to come back… Over the course of thinking about strategy and planning, it occurred to me to ask the question, Might there … Continue reading What might a theology of strategy look like?
As a four year old, I used to like trying to work out how things worked. Nothing was safe, clocks were a favourite, I’d take the backs of them and then remove the springs pulleys and mechanism. Sometimes I could put them back together, on other occasions there would be a mess of wires and springs on the bedroom floor and no clock possible. I’d … Continue reading Help! Is it possible to be a critical christian and have purposeful faith?
Young People need to be more than just participants in institutional faith -(Andrew Root (2017)) Faith Generation needs to enable young people to explore identity and meaning, and engage in acts of faith that generate experience and engagement with God’ (Nick Shepherd, Faith Generation, 2016, p170) By Being creative faith activists and taking liturgy to the streets, the prophetic church today can re-imagine space and time through … Continue reading Young people will go elsewhere for rebellion and danger- if faith in our youth groups is tame and safe
For those who keep up with these things, this is the fourth of my posts that is loosely related to ideas that emerge from Andrew Roots book, Faith formation in a secular age’ a book which is going to be discussed and referred to quite a bit over the next year within the corridors of youth ministry brand UK, possibly because we cant in the … Continue reading Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?
I am nearly 40 and i still keep going to church. Just. So, I am not a ‘millenial’ that has left, yet I grew up evangelical, and often find myself growing out of love with the church. And I have tried a number of different ones. Some try the intentional youthful approach, trying to stay young and full of students (and this keeps the cycle … Continue reading Millenials dont want a youthful church – they want one that meaningfully performs the gospel
It is a fairly well known story, even to those who didnt have to colour in pictures of sheep during sunday school. The story of the Lost sheep. Jesus, when being complained to by the Pharisees about who he spent time with, told them it, and it goes like this: 3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of … Continue reading Theres nothing comfortable about doing mission with the risk taking God