What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

Yeah, I know. That’s what I thought too… The question that literally no one is asking. I’ve got to admit, when it comes to the ‘future’ of, things that are buzzing around, future of the church, future of youth ministry, future of communities, future of society and welfare, they all conjure up radical thinking, deep reflection and an energy.  Practice led passions, practice led prophetic … Continue reading What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

13 ways Zoom could be more Youth work Friendly

Just imagine that world before zoom, feels a long time ago now doesn’t it, those heady days of early march, spring sunshine, freedom of movement, travel and many other things in life we did with barely a thought, that we dont have now. But one we do have now, at the forefront of many of our lives, in a way that wasn’t before is zoom. … Continue reading 13 ways Zoom could be more Youth work Friendly

Is the problem of absent young people taken seriously enough by churches? (enough, even to read a book?)

If only there were lots of books to read that congregations and churches could read to help them think through the pressing issue of trying to attract, trying to keep, and trying to disciple young people in churches. If only there were just so many, that there would be an exhaustion of so many to choose from. But faced with the task, no, faced with … Continue reading Is the problem of absent young people taken seriously enough by churches? (enough, even to read a book?)

Get a new qualification in spiritual blog reading! details here:

After lengthy protracted and often difficult negotiations, (and one of the reasons why I’ve been a little quieter on here than usual). I have a little announcement; Learning from the streets is proud to announce a new partnership with Cleveland college. I can also announce a breakthrough pioneering course that will become available in the north east this year. Background After the proliferation of spiritually … Continue reading Get a new qualification in spiritual blog reading! details here:

Detached youthwork stage 1; Observation

Instead of writing a whole load of stuff on observation. I decided to make a film about it instead. See what you think. Yes I need help with the technical bits.. but enjoy none the less… Here it is detached youthwork stage 1 – observation The stages stuff you’ve seen before. And I go into more in detail in Here be Dragons. Anyway. Enjoy. Cringe … Continue reading Detached youthwork stage 1; Observation

Young people need autonomy and connectedness, can Christian youthwork provide it?

I Saw this on social media the other day: A great tension for young people is their desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves while making their own rules. Impossible. (Michael Wear) Think about it for a moment, then think about what being a young person was like for you in regard to these two things. At the point of wondering about … Continue reading Young people need autonomy and connectedness, can Christian youthwork provide it?

Why daily life, not data is more important knowledge for the youth worker

Early in youth ministry for me it seemed to be implied that being a good youthworker was about maintaining an ongoing knowledge of popular culture. This was reflected in youthwork magazine (circa 1997) suggesting ‘what was hot’ and what was not. A tool to ‘help’ the beleaguered youth ministry volunteer ‘stay relevant’  by being up to date and have a knowledge of popular culture. That … Continue reading Why daily life, not data is more important knowledge for the youth worker

The White elephants within Youth Ministry. 

This month Youth and Childrens work magazine have produced one of their gems. I caught a copy of it at the Religious resources centre in North Shields yesterday. It is based upon 8 of the serious issues in youth ministry that they suggest that youth leaders and churches are ‘scared to touch’, it felt like a top ten run down of the most embarrassing conversations … Continue reading The White elephants within Youth Ministry. 

Abandoning the poor isnt new, Youth Ministry has been doing it for 100 years.

The Bishop of Burnley, Rev Philip North has stirred up a few feathers this week. In a sermon at New wine he criticised the church for failing to invest in the poorer areas of the UK, and also highlighted the popular plight of ‘new churches’ to find a suitable place that God was calling them to be that conveniently is near trendy coffee shops and … Continue reading Abandoning the poor isnt new, Youth Ministry has been doing it for 100 years.

Rethinking learning styles in Youth Ministry; Helping young people have an active faith

In Youth Ministry – How might we use Learning styles?  I know, there has been some talk recently about the validity of learning styles and whether they actually exist and are of value. there are some fascinating thoughts here: http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2017/5/25-1   But for the sake of what might be an interesting read, stick with me on this one. It not that kind of re-think that i am … Continue reading Rethinking learning styles in Youth Ministry; Helping young people have an active faith