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

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

Clergy: To keep young people in churches we need to ban youth groups

I’ve done a little asking around of people who are involved in churches who are in their 20s-40’s, and asked them the same question; What kept you in church as a young person? The things that people have told me are ‘I was involved in the choir’ or ‘I was invited to the adults house group’ or ‘I helped with OHP (in the days before powerpoint – or … Continue reading Clergy: To keep young people in churches we need to ban youth groups

Why I didnt leave the church

Last week you may have noticed that I posted an article that described what kind of churches in the USA were able to keep young people engaged, that post is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-NP, the research is from the Fuller institute in the USA, and worth reflecting on. In the last few years there has been a plethora of articles saying : why millenials leave the church? or … Continue reading Why I didnt leave the church