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

Is ‘Pioneering’ in danger of becoming an overused buzzword in the church?

It used to be (when i was growing up) that people in churches were told that they were scared of evangelism, for the decade of evangelism, then people were told not to be scared of the Holy Spirit, either during Pentecost or as a backlash from the heady days of the ‘toronto (or whatever it became) blessing’. And as a result there was a reassurance … Continue reading Is ‘Pioneering’ in danger of becoming an overused buzzword in the church?

Working with young people is stressful – its just part of the job.

Ive got to admit, in my ‘professional’ time involved in working with young people, the stereoptypical 60 hours a week, mega stressed out youth minister role has passed me by. Its role i have seen at close hand, but it isnt a role I have done. Within this kind of role, i can only imagine, trying to stay sane might be needed at a number … Continue reading Working with young people is stressful – its just part of the job.

Even Americans are saying programmable youth ministry is broken…reviewing an evening with Kenda Creasy Dean. 

But fortunately in the UK the answer is close to hand.  I have just arrived back from an evening with Kenda Creasy Dean in Leeds, (hosted by the Yorkshire plus region of the Methodist church). Kenda is an American youth ministry specialist, writer and academic. It was probably the first time I have heard directly from an American youth ministry person and an academic at … Continue reading Even Americans are saying programmable youth ministry is broken…reviewing an evening with Kenda Creasy Dean. 

8 Reasons for youthworkers to watch La La Land

This blog will inevitably contain spoilers! You have been warned, so if you are heading to go and see La La Land, look away now. However, if you want to know why you should go and see it, and dont mind hearing a little about what its about then read on. This week, as a bit of a celebration for getting a part of my … Continue reading 8 Reasons for youthworkers to watch La La Land

Reclaiming artistic Supervision in the Church

We’ve got a bit of an issue in the church about management at the moment havent we?  for one it feels corporate, globally scary and tied in with images of corporations like Macdonalds, Apple or Facebook, let alone traditional industries like Ford. Yet Management is what seems to be whats being required more and more in the church, the youth worker needs a line manager, … Continue reading Reclaiming artistic Supervision in the Church

Providing colour in a community – learning from the yarnbombers

Over the last couple of weeks, an array of colour has swept around the brown fences, grey pillars and railings in the Headland part of Hartlepool. There are signs that a community of people want to add colour to an area, an area known for its bleakness as it sticks out on a limb and gets a battering from the north sea; colour and spirit … Continue reading Providing colour in a community – learning from the yarnbombers