If shops are open, but churches aren’t… what about setting up ‘shop-church’?

With the news that churches are likely to stay closed for a while and yet today 3 story shops like Primark are open. After, messy, youth, dementia, forest, slow and any other prefix church, maybe its time for… ‘Shop – church’ Yes, that’s right. Why not comply fully with government tax restrictions, physical distancing and start a new for autumn 2020- were going to call … Continue reading If shops are open, but churches aren’t… what about setting up ‘shop-church’?

How might churches continue the human goodness project- beyond the virus?

Rainbows painted, Care for neighbours, food bank distributing, too many volunteers, council support hubs, NHS clapping, other people giving 2m distance, business giving away freebies, homemade PPE.. and the fury of good people when leaders acted hypocritically..(the Cummings story that cut through..) Tell you something. Its going to be difficult for churches to ignore the goodness and kindness of the fellow humans in the community … Continue reading How might churches continue the human goodness project- beyond the virus?

20 alternative commandments for zoom worship services

After the proliferation and emergence of zoom worship services this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to issue a set of guidelines for anyone who attends a zoom church service for the first time, just so that these service are appropriately respected for all. PDA (public displays of affection) is particularly awkward if you dont appear on the same screen, and the vicar can … Continue reading 20 alternative commandments for zoom worship services

Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?

The original title of this piece was going to be ‘The Future of youth ministry..who decides?’  because it was what I was thinking about as I was reflecting on a number of conversations, conferences and meetings that I have been involved in the lot few months. They all seem to go like this: We need to decide on our Aims and objectives and go from … Continue reading Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?

#NYMW19 – A weekend of great conversations – but which important questions does youth ministry need to ask?

Its almost 48 hours exactly since I got back from Youthscapes (www.youthscape.co.uk)  National Youth Ministry weekend and so I thought I would put pen to paper on a few reflections from it, with a few added and notable caveats. The first is that this was the first time I had attended an English Youth Ministry conference. yup. Well aside from YFC’s own staff jamboree, my … Continue reading #NYMW19 – A weekend of great conversations – but which important questions does youth ministry need to ask?

Should discipleship be ‘action’ first?

Does anyone still use that phrase ; its always the 20% of people in churches that seem to do 80% of all the work? It got banded around for quite a while, though I’ve not heard it recently. It was, at best a passive aggressive way of encouraging people who only sat on pews every week to make more contributions in the life of churches. … Continue reading Should discipleship be ‘action’ first?

Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn

Mental Health and Young People in the Church If you were to send a message to your younger self to reassure or encourage them or even to tell them something that you think they need to know: what would you say? I start my training with this question because it’s important to look back at the way life was when we were a young person … Continue reading Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn

12 of the inhibiting myths that prevent churches from starting to work with young people

These still kick about a bit, so maybe its worth stating them, once for all, getting them out in the open and realising not only how ridiculous some of these are, but more damaging how inhibiting they are, for churches, congregations to work with young people. None of these are true, and if you think they are, think about what you’re trying to say about … Continue reading 12 of the inhibiting myths that prevent churches from starting to work with young people

6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

It never really surprises me how often when churches, (and when i mean churches i mean, clergy & some interested congregation members) think about working with young people, that a number of fairly common defaults are evident. In this post I want to share some of these, not because they are wrong necessarily, but it might be that you if you’re reading this didn’t realise … Continue reading 6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

10 things you’re unlikely to see in Christian youthwork.

This almost feels a bit like the endgame on mock the week, when ‘unlikely things you’ll see…or hear’ is the opening strapping for which then the comedians are then tasked with completing. Today I was chatting to a few youthworkers about a youth work project that had a very similar name to another, and had used a bible verse number as their name. You know … Continue reading 10 things you’re unlikely to see in Christian youthwork.