I want to write something about church growth and people who I work for in faith organisations and churches still talk to me, and yet whilst contentious I think, its needed to be said. Statistics about the decline of the church and anecdotal evidence have pretty much meant that church growth is the only game in town, (and this is reflected in a previous piece, … Continue reading Has the church lost its dream – if its just measuring growth?
I was 18 at the time. Though this story has resonates to when I was 15. I’ve written about this before in a piece called ‘sorry young people, the church messed up’ from an apologetic perspective from being a young person. However this is the tale from the perspective of being a youthworker. I wonder whether we have to admit that if we want to … Continue reading Working with young people might mean leaving the church.
Research in youth Ministry over the last few months is painting a varied picture. Many Youth organisations are saying that less than 5% of young people are in regular contact with a church, fewer than that might be regular ‘church goers’,, this is Scripture Unions thing at the moment , but others have aluded to similar. These surveys are great as they play into the … Continue reading Why is attending church the be-all in youth discipleship research?
“The task of the church is to present Christ, not extend Christendom” (Vanhoozer 2014) Over the weekend I’ve been back in East Devon for a short break. We as a family hadn’t been back since we left two years ago so it was an opportunity to catch up with people. And make the most of a glorious weekend and grab a few days off. We … Continue reading Church growth..sigh
You can find this information at http://www.brierleyconsultancy.com/images/CS5.pdf For an American Audience, this might give you some insight into the context of young people & the British church. § 14.5 Have ‘Youth Workers’ Worked? Page 1 D r Neil Summertown, Chairman of Partnership, the network of churches of Christian Brethren background,posed an interesting strategic question – has the advent of paid Youth Workers into the British … Continue reading Peter Brierleys Research : Have Church based youthworkers worked? (in relation to church attendance)