Last week I was reading Naomi Thompsons excellent new book,. Young People and Church Since 1900. A review of the book is on this site (see recent posts or link to it is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-15v). If you didnt see the review, then one of the activities of the church that Thompson brings conclusions from is that of the Sunday schools, and christian youth work. But this post … Continue reading Getting young people into church? – Thats the whole church’s responsibility
At the beginning of the week, I wrote probably my most dull, but most important article. No witty banter, ironic title or clickbaity picture. It one reason no one read it. Also it is summer holidays and so no one is really wanting to read a reflection on, well, reflection. In that piece I asked the question ‘‘Where has reflective practice gone in youth Ministry?’ and … Continue reading Where is Jesus in your practice? & 9 other difficult questions to reflect on in Youth Ministry
Its the new academic term, and my guess is that you’re beginning to think about developing new programmes, topics and activities for youth work for the new term. Excited much? probably, tired of the same old ideas and need a spark? possibly. You could pick a resource off the shelf, like every year. However, why not do something different, why not try developing reflective practice … Continue reading Youth Ministry stuck in a rut? try this resource, reflective practice (Part 1)
Yesterday i wrote a lengthy piece on why it isnt new that the church has abandoned the poor, because youth ministry has struggled with working with young people deemed ‘underclass’ , ‘poor’ or disruptive/challenging, ever since the dawn of Sunday schools. Youth Ministry’s struggle to work with the poor Since writing it i wondered if there was a simpler way of describing the issue. And there … Continue reading Why outcomes in youth ministry exclude the poor
It has gone slightly out of fashion. But it is still kicking around… ‘Young people need some good role models!’ or, ‘‘if we as youth ministers are not good role models – who else have young people got’ And so, enter stage left. The youth Minister is called for , parachuted in from the mysterious world that is the jobs pages in Youthwork magazine. … Continue reading Youth minister – get over yourself, you’re not the hero!
Much is made of Stories in youth Ministry. Lets get it out there. Stories communicate a message through appealing to imaginations. We connect with character, with script and with narrative arc. Jesus told stories. Story telling is key in the communication of the Gospel, often stories illuminate when proposition disengages. From a theological and philosophical perspective Paul Ricoeur, the french philosopher, is credited with bringing … Continue reading Thinking theologically about youth ministry – does a 3 way Drama help?
When it comes down to it, language is a powerful tool. How the church, amongst other organisations constructs practices and policies is often due to the implications caused by the descriptive language of people, from disabled people ( people with a disability, thus need ‘special help’ to be ‘able’), people deemed poor, or specifically Young people. In a previous post here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Np I critique the more common … Continue reading What if young people are viewed as Theologians?
How many times in youth ministry (or even any Ministry) might we either hear this statement, or say it to someone else with a little more hope and assurance than expectation in our tone? You can picture the scene, crowd of young people, all a bit sweaty after playing games for a while. Or it the evening of a Summer Camp, and theyve all had … Continue reading ‘Your talk was great! – im sure the young people got ‘something’ out of it….’
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
Today I have had the privilege of being able to make a contribution at the Annual conference for all the Church of England Diocesan Youth Advisers, on the subject of Evangelism. I was part of a four header, in which 3 others also contributed to the discussion. All shared of their experiences, their projects, their trials and how they related what they did theologically. It … Continue reading Performing Evangelism at the Anglican Diocesan Youth Adviser Conference. (Slides included)