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?

4 helpful questions for dealing with narcissist leaders

Its one thing spotting a narcissist, and what that person is doing to you, its quite another thing being able to do something about it. This article in Psychology today, describes some of the signs of narcissist abuse and also the common phrases that they use. There are a number of ways, and I am seriously no expert, apart from considerable personal experience, in trying … Continue reading 4 helpful questions for dealing with narcissist leaders

25 things for the youth and community worker to do during the Coronavirus outbreak

By now, most of you reading this will have probably cancelled youth group meetings, youth clubs and detached sessions, today I have suspending normal operations and trying to organise responses to this crisis. And it has crossed my mind, that as someone who is used to a youth work office, the regular face to face contact of young people, the delivery, then removing this, and … Continue reading 25 things for the youth and community worker to do during the Coronavirus outbreak

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

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?

8 ways to get money for youth and community work:

I note with interest, and no shortage of encouragement to Martin Percy and Ali Campbells piece in the church times recently, who after receiving data from over 600 church based youth workers in the UK, concluded and made recommendations about the future pay of youthworkers, especially those based in churches, and maybe specifically the anglican church – but also denomination wide. You can read the … Continue reading 8 ways to get money for youth and community work:

10 things you’re unlikely to see in Christian youthwork.

This almost feels a bit like the endgame on mock the week, when ‘unlikely things you’ll see…or hear’ is the opening strapping for which then the comedians are then tasked with completing. Today I was chatting to a few youthworkers about a youth work project that had a very similar name to another, and had used a bible verse number as their name. You know … Continue reading 10 things you’re unlikely to see in Christian youthwork.

Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

I have written a number of pieces on detached youthwork, most of which are on the archives on my http://www.jamesballantyneyouthworker.wordpress.com site , many top tips, top tens, and pieces on specific issues. But I have never tried to write an A-Z, and do so with the aim of collating a definitive guide to detached youthwork.  So, at the beginning of 2019, I have tried, with … Continue reading Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

In safety first cultures; risk taking is more required in youthworkers than ever before.

It comes as almost no surprise that there has been a backlash to the cultural messages of safety, harm and avoidance of risk that have been prevalent in culture, and also I might add the church over the last few decades. Talk now in youth ministry is of taking risks with young people.  Or maybe more pertinently, talk is of ensuring that risks are important … Continue reading In safety first cultures; risk taking is more required in youthworkers than ever before.