If people are good – why doesn’t the church believe it? (A theology of Humankind: part 3)

This is the 3rd piece in my series on reflecting on the nature of Humanity, inspired by Rutger Bregmans latest book, Human kind (2020) which has helped to affirm for me what I had often experienced as a youth and c community worker, the reality that, basically when you get to know people, and meet people, they, in the main are usually pretty decent, and shock, horror, … Continue reading If people are good – why doesn’t the church believe it? (A theology of Humankind: part 3)

A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)

I’m barely jumping on a bandwagon here, but maybe quietly over the last 4 weeks, 6 million copies of a non fiction book have been sold across the globe. If it wasn’t for the vast amount of literature written by black authors it would sit high in the NYT best seller list. And when you get to ride trains again it will be up there … Continue reading A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)

If Humans are good; That means young people are too

This is the second of my blogs based upon Rutger Bregmans book Humankind: A hopeful History (2020) a book that is about to be 2nd top selling in the charts this week, in its release. My previous one is here   and its on the unsurprising reality of Human kindness during crisis. As a signpost, Ill look at leadership, power and character in the next piece, but, I … Continue reading If Humans are good; That means young people are too

Its 2030: How might the church reach Generation C?

In this unprecedented time, I thought it might be an opportunity to do a little forward planning, especially for those of us involved in christian mission, youth ministry and church. We need to start making preparations for the state of youth ministry in 10 years time, where there will be an emergence of a new generation, from Baby Boomer, Generation X, Y, Millenial and Generation … Continue reading Its 2030: How might the church reach Generation C?

Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?

The original title of this piece was going to be ‘The Future of youth ministry..who decides?’  because it was what I was thinking about as I was reflecting on a number of conversations, conferences and meetings that I have been involved in the lot few months. They all seem to go like this: We need to decide on our Aims and objectives and go from … Continue reading Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?

‘How was your experience of youth group today?’ Evaluating Youth work in an evaluation culture

‘How was your experience in Tescos today’ ‘please tell us how you feel about the cleanliness of the toilets today’ ‘share your experiences of the airport security today’ ‘your opinion matters to us’ In case you haven’t noticed, its as if we’re living in a culture where opinions and where evaluation is all around us. I was travelling to Canada last week, and at each … Continue reading ‘How was your experience of youth group today?’ Evaluating Youth work in an evaluation culture

What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

What is it about young people that seems to be that they’re treated as something other that human? And, before someone in the church responds to say that they have a healthy and positive respect for young people, it’s the church that whilst it generates and maintains a good number of youth work and ministry provision, might also be in danger of regarding young people … Continue reading What if we treated young people (in the church) as Human?

What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?

I thought I’d imagine a parent writing a letter to the local vicar about the newly published book ‘Under Construction’ (2019) by Neil O Boyle, national director YFC, its a brand new book, and a number of young people might be about to read it. Dear Reverend/Pastor, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, you may not know me, but I am … Continue reading What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?

The Man you’re Made to Be (Martin Saunders, 2019) – A review

Even though I met Martin at the National youth ministry weekend last week, my view of his book has increased in favour since, but not because i forgive him for not taking me out for a coffee, that boy Martin was pretty busy all weekend, and the conference was a good one… (;-)) Back to the book…. Martin has written an engaging, self deprecating at … Continue reading The Man you’re Made to Be (Martin Saunders, 2019) – A review

#NYMW19 – A weekend of great conversations – but which important questions does youth ministry need to ask?

Its almost 48 hours exactly since I got back from Youthscapes (www.youthscape.co.uk)  National Youth Ministry weekend and so I thought I would put pen to paper on a few reflections from it, with a few added and notable caveats. The first is that this was the first time I had attended an English Youth Ministry conference. yup. Well aside from YFC’s own staff jamboree, my … Continue reading #NYMW19 – A weekend of great conversations – but which important questions does youth ministry need to ask?