6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

It never really surprises me how often when churches, (and when i mean churches i mean, clergy & some interested congregation members) think about working with young people, that a number of fairly common defaults are evident. In this post I want to share some of these, not because they are wrong necessarily, but it … Continue reading “6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)”

‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

How many times have you said that in the last 40 years? (As a youth/community worker) Not a relationship that had to make something else happen to justify the relationship, not a relationship where the young person ‘changed’, not a relationship in which entire decades of social harm, psychological damage caused by other relationship was … Continue reading “‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’”

Prosecco, Pizza and Pebbles – The FYT movement gathering 2019

The red kites soar overhead in the early hot summer sky. The sound of geese hooting from the lake, the chime of an ice cream van from a distant estate, the creaking sound of the wooden poles of the yurt holding strong in the breeze. I am just back from the FYT movement gathering held … Continue reading “Prosecco, Pizza and Pebbles – The FYT movement gathering 2019”

All youth ministry is local.

No matter what the denomination leaders say No matter what the youth ministry specialists say No matter what the seminar leaders at the latest conference says No matter what the trainers at Christian ministries explain. No matter what the latest generalised view in a book is No matter what the latest research on a lost … Continue reading “All youth ministry is local.”

Mission: Developing gifts on our doorstep

Notes from todays sermon, at Headland Baptist Church, Hartlepool.. Todays subject is on Fruitfulness on the frontline, and based around the subject of mission, and about mission, about fruitfulness on the frontline. 22 year ago I took part in a gap year called Oasis Frontline, and they sent me to Hartlepool back then, so talking … Continue reading “Mission: Developing gifts on our doorstep”

3 questions that are critical to ask of all our youth work and ministry practice.

Shall we start with a reality check? There is no magic answer, solution, gravy train, resource, method, model for youth work and ministry. There really isn’t. Anyone telling you this is merely on the hard sell, of their particular brand, style, event or model. Anyone telling you this is is hoping that they have it, … Continue reading “3 questions that are critical to ask of all our youth work and ministry practice.”

How might churches invest in young people? (if that’s one of the only ways young people will invest in the faith)

This is effectively the sentiment from Christian Smith who wrote, in 2003; ‘Young people are more likely to become serious about their faith, if the institution of the church makes significant investment in them” So.. whilst invest possibly is a word that we might challenge for its financial association. There is a reality that churches … Continue reading “How might churches invest in young people? (if that’s one of the only ways young people will invest in the faith)”

Should Youthworkers be ‘policing’ young peoples emotions?

Getting young people off the streets, that was and still is one of the old mandates for youth workers, getting young people into other institutions was another. Youthworkers effectively were tasked with policing the streets – or policing the third space in between organisations, so that young people wouldn’t fall through the gaps. There is … Continue reading “Should Youthworkers be ‘policing’ young peoples emotions?”

What Role do you want young people to have in church?

For the majority of churches, the idea of having any young people being part of the church is a bit of a luxury. The task for many is to find them, attract them, and often this task has seemed to have fallen to the ‘christian organisation’ such as YFC, YMCA or FYT – the challenge … Continue reading “What Role do you want young people to have in church?”

Are youth ministry books all saying the same thing?

The last 4 books I have read on youth ministry have started sounding like a bit of a or reading them, has been like its as if there is nothing new under the sun, or maybe with a twist that: Now, it could be that I read the same kind of youth ministry books, and … Continue reading “Are youth ministry books all saying the same thing?”