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?

Might a community profile help churches develop a new approach (rather than initiative) to mission?

It can feel as though there are two competing paradigms in the world of christian mission. They could be summarised by a ministry approach and the other by a community approach. It wont surprise you that I favour the latter. Though if both are needed, then it is worth exploring them both. The ministry approach tends to ‘work’ from the institution outwards, with the institution … Continue reading Might a community profile help churches develop a new approach (rather than initiative) to mission?

Youth work: Focussing on the strength of the rope, not its knots.

A rope is 1/3 weaker when it has a knot in it.  Or at least thats what I was told in Scouts many years ago. I havent googled it to confirm it.  A rope is only two thirds effective when it has a knot in it. It is less strong. On Sunday I preached at Headland Baptist Church, Hartlepool, on the Subject of the churches … Continue reading Youth work: Focussing on the strength of the rope, not its knots.

Even Americans are saying programmable youth ministry is broken…reviewing an evening with Kenda Creasy Dean. 

But fortunately in the UK the answer is close to hand.  I have just arrived back from an evening with Kenda Creasy Dean in Leeds, (hosted by the Yorkshire plus region of the Methodist church). Kenda is an American youth ministry specialist, writer and academic. It was probably the first time I have heard directly from an American youth ministry person and an academic at … Continue reading Even Americans are saying programmable youth ministry is broken…reviewing an evening with Kenda Creasy Dean. 

Vulnerability as the starting point of community transformation

“But that might mean we have to be vulnerable” I was at a gathering of people this week, mostly clergy, and the subject within it was about conversations, and creating opportunities to have conversations with people. The kind of thing that detached youthwork is pretty much uniquely and solely about. Ideas flung across the room, such as chatting to people who were waiting at the … Continue reading Vulnerability as the starting point of community transformation

Into 2017; Replacing fallen Heroes with Theodrammatic Saints

2016 saw the loss of many heroes. Bowie, George Michael, Prince to name but three from the Music world, Victoria Wood, Liz Smith and Terry Wogan to name three from entertainment, but there were countless others. Local heroes were lost too, people who became national heroes through their death than their life, Jo Cox being one. People, like these and others are placed in the … Continue reading Into 2017; Replacing fallen Heroes with Theodrammatic Saints

If Young people exist in community – should youth workers develop positive community approaches?

In  a few weeks time im delivering a workshop at the Federation of Detached youthwork conference, the title of which I am yet to finalise, but in readiness of the conference and its theme, i have asked around a few places to get a few definitions of ‘Youth work’ as well as gather some from the resources i have to hand on my bookshelf, or recent … Continue reading If Young people exist in community – should youth workers develop positive community approaches?

When the man of peace was.. err a woman with gifts.. 

Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town (Matthew 10: 11) If the persons house is peaceful, the blessing will stand (Luke 10: 6-9) These verses have been key texts for the methods of doing mission. Coming as they do amongst lengthier descriptions of the task ahead for the disciples as they … Continue reading When the man of peace was.. err a woman with gifts.. 

Youth Ministry : ‘it was the future once’

Youth Ministry: from the 1950’s was a movement of young people, that started in churches, student unions that created the youth fellowship movement, and paved the way for new forms of worship, guitars, the creation of alternative cultures and expressions in Music- from Cliff, to Larry Norman, to alternative festivals – Spring Harvest, then Soul survivor, and i was in it. I bought it. I went … Continue reading Youth Ministry : ‘it was the future once’

The Waste of talented young people should bother us more than wasted food.

Genuinely, the work that local heroes in Durham like Nikki Dravers has done, in setting up a business (Re-f-use) to recycle food that was going to be wasted is amazing. Challenging the mindset of Durham restaurants and supermarkets through grassroots publicity and awareness raising is truly excellent. Its a gradual mood that is becoming more and more prominent, this nation is wasting food by the … Continue reading The Waste of talented young people should bother us more than wasted food.