The church is currently in crisis – so why should it support its children and youth workers?

Since the 1990’s, when many professionally or should i at least say, employed by churches youth and childrens workers entered the scene, their pay and conditions have always been less than that of the clergy. A quick skim through previous editions of youth work magazine and adverts for youthworker roles proved this (i did this exercise in a post here…) There may be several reasons … Continue reading The church is currently in crisis – so why should it support its children and youth workers?

8 ways of valuing your youthworker – because, they could be the last your church employs

Lets put a few things into context. The current situation regarding the pay, the training of, and also the sustainability of youthworkers in churches at the moment makes for pretty challenging reading. It is worth noting, positively that churches who employ youthworkers are more likely to have less young people leave, and if anything do increase their sunday attendances, especially if the youthworker is employed … Continue reading 8 ways of valuing your youthworker – because, they could be the last your church employs

Youthworkers should have higher salaries than Clergy, heres 14 reasons why:

So I have lit the proverbial touch paper this week, with a post that looked at the rate of pay of church based youth workers over the last 20 odd years. Pay that ranged from 12,000 in 1998 to 24,000 in 2005 (one church only)- all the rest were nearer £19,000. Many questions emerged from the discussions on it such as Why should churches adopt … Continue reading Youthworkers should have higher salaries than Clergy, heres 14 reasons why:

Youth workers take heart – you’re trying to do the (almost) impossible!

Over the last few weeks my Son and I, have been playing a game – I have also used in leadership sessions on strategy that I have facilitated as part of my role for Frontier Youth Trust. The game is called ‘Forbidden Island’  and it involves setting up the pieces iin a formation, to form an island, and then using each others abilities, and the … Continue reading Youth workers take heart – you’re trying to do the (almost) impossible!

We need to talk about Clergy/Youth worker line management (Part 4) – what to do when it goes wrong

It is easier to talk about the reasons why a line management relationship goes wrong – its more difficult to suggest ways to rectify it! In parts 1-3 of this management series (links below) I identified a number of these factors. Most of them come down to expectations, and these are widely talked about . However, there are other reasons why the relationship may start … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy/Youth worker line management (Part 4) – what to do when it goes wrong

Can the church be vulnerable in its communities if it is fearful of its existence?

This post is a response to my previous on Mission and ‘Vulnerability’, which provoked a few questions, these were a few of them: ‘As a youth worker I see these as our daily bread, what have we forgotten in the church, that we are so fearful of the community and having our lives laid bare?’ and ‘it is so much more tempting to rely on … Continue reading Can the church be vulnerable in its communities if it is fearful of its existence?

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (part 2)

We dont need to worry too much about Management, im sure we’ll be fine or Im meant to be your line manager, theyve asked to do it, im sure we can work it out as we go Are words that I have heard on at least two occasions during the induction process (where there was an induction process) from Clergy in their role as line-manager … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (part 2)

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

Does a Youthworker need to be Managed? Reflect on that question just for a moment. As you do, think about why they need to be managed, what about them needs to be managed – and what is ‘management’ at all?  Because one of the most pressing issues, that just does not go away is that of managing youthworkers, and in particularly the role of the line … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

What makes the Christian Youthworker distinctive?

At the moment, amongst a few other books, I have been reading ‘The Pastor as Public Theologian’, by Kevin Vanhoozer.  Within it, he asks the question: ‘What is the distinctive role of the Pastor’? describing that there is a problem of identity not just for pastors, but all associated with a Christian vocation, such as Youth Ministers, worsh ip leader and so on.I’ll come to his … Continue reading What makes the Christian Youthworker distinctive?