In church attendance statistics; should there be an ‘away goals count double rule? ‘

Not for the first time I find myself pondering a football and faith crossover piece. In the past I have written about a youth worker transfer deadline day, and also thinking about the theatre of football as a performance. This time I’m heading to the slightly sensitive area of church attendance and growth statistics. But first, a reminder, for those of you who aren’t sport … Continue reading In church attendance statistics; should there be an ‘away goals count double rule? ‘

Voluntary participation; The perilous pathway for the youthworker and minister to navigate

A couple of questions to start off with: Why do young people attend youth provision? and What keeps them there? In all the afterschool, weekend or evening youth provision that occurs outside of the remit of the education or justice system, these are crucial critical questions to ask about young people and why they attend the youth group, the club, the football team, the music … Continue reading Voluntary participation; The perilous pathway for the youthworker and minister to navigate

Youth Ministry and Discipleship for ‘Generation Non-Religion’ – what needs to change?

On the face of it this piece of research would indicate that Youth Ministry has failed. 70% of young people in the UK are non religious. For all the Generations X, Y and Millenial. None matters, in a secular, or even post secular world – non religious observance is rife. Even Spirituality is relatively scarce. This piece of research was circulated in the media today, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/21/christianity-non-christian-europe-young-people-survey-religion, … Continue reading Youth Ministry and Discipleship for ‘Generation Non-Religion’ – what needs to change?

What the strategic demise of Sunday Schools teaches us now; Young People and the Church (2018) : A Review

Young People and Church Since 1900: Engagement and Exclusion, by Naomi Thompson   It is difficult to get past the fact that the most startling thing about this highly intelligent and accessible piece of work, is that is made inaccessible by its price. At just over £100, this is information that needs to be accessible by a wider audience, and not just via university libraries, … Continue reading What the strategic demise of Sunday Schools teaches us now; Young People and the Church (2018) : A Review

‘Its not you – its us’; How the church abandoned young people  

In no particular order here is a list, can you work out what links them all?  Sunday Trading, Materialism, The entertainment industry, Sport, Increased spending power, a culture of choice, post-modernism, broken families, lack of discipline, feminism and the pill, The Sunday papers, lie ins, women, free love and the 60’s, the motor car, Millenials, increased working hours, Men, The education system, fear, the welfare … Continue reading ‘Its not you – its us’; How the church abandoned young people  

The 10 phases inolved in Christian event planning

We booked Steve Chalke. We Managed to get a discount on the FE college to host. We did crazy things like wheel a sofa through the town to use on the stage. We sent a press release. We booked a band. We took our own PA system. We thought we had something on cool. We created a half decent programme. We put posters up in … Continue reading The 10 phases inolved in Christian event planning

Tories to launch ‘War on Church attendance’

Whilst the Conservative party have shot themselves in or each others foot,  in the EU referendum debate, a cruel twist to their plan for welfare state shrinkage was announced last week. THE CHURCH IS LOSING PEOPLE. PEOPLE DONT BELIEVE IN GOD ANYMORE- rang the headlines! FAITH IS WANING – said the reports! And this matters to the conservative party. why? Because without the church, there … Continue reading Tories to launch ‘War on Church attendance’