12 conversation themes that churches/youth groups are (generally) afraid to have

For the second time in my life I attended Domestic Abuse/Violence training this week, because, rightly the CofE have now issued compliance and awareness guidelines on this subject for parishes and congregations to be more aware – if you want it, its policy is at this link  And on the same subject Natalie Collins runs a programme to get this subject takes about in youth groups/community … Continue reading 12 conversation themes that churches/youth groups are (generally) afraid to have

Why practice supervision should be an essential for youth and community work/ministry roles

I sometimes think I just get paid to drink coffee. But I dont. Well, actually I do. Actually I get paid to be a practice supervisor with community and youth practitioners and do this mostly in coffee shops around the north. And sometimes I think i’m the only person that’s doing this, or thankfully working with organisations (or self employed) who also value this. Though … Continue reading Why practice supervision should be an essential for youth and community work/ministry roles

10 years of austerity; is mission fatigue creeping in?

I am just sitting in a cafe in Newcastle, having a bit of an unexpected time to myself, it was a day when I could have met and had three conversations with different people, work related, and in the end I only had one. But that’s ok. For I think its ok to stop. Every now and then stop. Its 10 years since Austerity began, … Continue reading 10 years of austerity; is mission fatigue creeping in?

‘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

Remembering to Breathe

‘Its a module at Bible College, how to tell someone that they need to breathe‘ Said one of my close friends over the last 2 years. In the midst of the chaos, remembering to breathe, when there’s emotional trauma around, when there’s confusing relationships to react to, when there’s employment situation to work out, when there another house to live in or not so, when … Continue reading Remembering to Breathe

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?

Responding to ‘Under-construction’ – An apologetic Clergy

For those who haven’t been following, Earlier this week, Janet, mum of Harry, wrote to her local vicar about the effects on Harry of a recent book, Under construction, by Neil O Boyle, that was being read. A few days later, after seeking a copy of the book and reading it, the local vicar in our mini-series, replies:    Dear Janet, I really appreciated receiving … Continue reading Responding to ‘Under-construction’ – An apologetic Clergy

15 point election manifesto for ‘The Youthwork Party’

Yeah, Its a stretch of the imagination, to some degree, but imagine if there was a ‘Youthwork Party’ and it was running for the election in a few weeks time. Could you imagine what would be the 15 points in the Manifesto? Well… take out your magic ball, your shiny lamp and imagine with me, the 10 point plan from the youthwork party: Caretakers will … Continue reading 15 point election manifesto for ‘The Youthwork Party’

Thoughts on Liberation Theology Conference 2019; feeling theologically home

I wonder whether you have ever had the feeling of feeling theologically home?  Not being around people where theres a grating or an edge, or where its about justifying a ministry, an outcome, or even, where theology is best left for others, and only a proof reading of scripture is done. Today I felt theologically home. I have felt it before, and regular readers of … Continue reading Thoughts on Liberation Theology Conference 2019; feeling theologically home