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

‘Christian Zoom’: A review

As one of the recent users of the Zoom software, for video conferencing and chat, I was asked by them over the weekend to take part in the trial for their new Christian Zoom plug in, available as an Easter treat this year. They told me it ‘will revolutionise meetings involving christians’ and (after their statistics for usage had gone up on what was a … Continue reading ‘Christian Zoom’: A review

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

‘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

Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn

Mental Health and Young People in the Church If you were to send a message to your younger self to reassure or encourage them or even to tell them something that you think they need to know: what would you say? I start my training with this question because it’s important to look back at the way life was when we were a young person … Continue reading Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn

12 of the inhibiting myths that prevent churches from starting to work with young people

These still kick about a bit, so maybe its worth stating them, once for all, getting them out in the open and realising not only how ridiculous some of these are, but more damaging how inhibiting they are, for churches, congregations to work with young people. None of these are true, and if you think they are, think about what you’re trying to say about … Continue reading 12 of the inhibiting myths that prevent churches from starting to work with young people

What makes a good conversation with young people?

In the past I have given many hints and tips on how to have a good conversation with young people, I have also reflected sociologically and theologically about conversations, and suggested ways of valuing them (Ie ensure they feature in review sheets) but I wonder; ‘What makes a good conversation?’ Think about for a moment, whether you were in a pub, a coffee shop, in … Continue reading What makes a good conversation with young people?

Can detached youthwork be ‘asset based’ and develop young peoples gifts?

We’ll not speak to those young people – they’ve not got alcohol on them They appear to be ok, we’ll leave them alone I doubt if its them who are causing the anti social behaviour calls These are all phrases I have used on detached youthwork. Its that thing where you go out, of an evening, to try and talk with young people on the … Continue reading Can detached youthwork be ‘asset based’ and develop young peoples gifts?

In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

A few weeks ago, there was a bit of a discussion, may be caused by me, on the number of women in youth ministry who have been able to or been involved in publishing theological or theoretical books, and whether Youth Ministry is too American and too male. Whether publishing is the way to influence, or whether there are many many reasons is a piece … Continue reading In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

This week, on Monday Theresa May held a conference in downing street with a number of organisations on the back of a rising panic about knife crime in London, but not just London. What this conversation didnt seem to do was start to address the deep seated issues of poverty, cuts and reductions in youth services that have created an environment where these issues have … Continue reading Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?