Why Evensong vs Guitars misses the point, in regard to young people and church.

How much is relevancy the reason why young people attend church? If its about relevancy – then what does this say about what we think about young people? just carried along by a crest of a wave, but what If, and I realise only readers of a certain age will get this , that young people are thinking, ‘So you have a guitar band- that … Continue reading Why Evensong vs Guitars misses the point, in regard to young people and church.

10 Reasons why young people leave youth groups

Over this weekend I have been leading training with the EQUIP NORTH EAST students on the Unit entitled ‘working with young people’  (for details of the equip course see the above menu.) One of the questions I asked the students on Friday evening was, When you were a young person, what were some of the reasons you kept going to the youth activities that you … Continue reading 10 Reasons why young people leave youth groups

Forget growth strategies for church & youth ministry; meet (young) peoples needs.

I am happy to be corrected by this. But I am struggling to remember an occasion in the last few years where a church or youth ministry organisation who has adopted or created a strategy for growth, has included the notion of ‘meeting peoples needs’. I wonder if this has been bypassed somewhat; for the sake of ‘evangelism strategy’, or ‘social action project’ or ‘organisation … Continue reading Forget growth strategies for church & youth ministry; meet (young) peoples needs.

Fostering belonging

During my year spent on Oasis Frontline teams back in 96-97 in Hartlepool, i was awakened to the notion of ‘Belong/believing/behaving’ its probably one of the uncritically accepted and readily spouted phrases in youth ministry/work often as an indictment of the sense that to think of young people behaving in church before they belonged and believed, when often churches, in those days, seemed to expect … Continue reading Fostering belonging