How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

Oh well at least no one died tonight.  This can often be the mantra at the end of a crazy out work session. But its not setting the bar very high in regard to evaluating or reviewing a session. Duffy Robbins in a piece on Youthwork Magazine 12 years ago wrote a piece on evaluating youth ministry, describing how for some volunteers, a good youth … Continue reading How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

Help! Is it possible to be a critical christian and have purposeful faith?

As a four year old, I used to like trying to work out how things worked. Nothing was safe, clocks were a favourite, I’d take the backs of them and then remove the springs pulleys and mechanism. Sometimes I could put them back together, on other occasions there would be a mess of wires and springs on the bedroom floor and no clock possible. I’d … Continue reading Help! Is it possible to be a critical christian and have purposeful faith?

Where is Jesus in your practice? & 9 other difficult questions to reflect on in Youth Ministry

At the beginning of the week, I wrote probably my most dull, but most important article. No witty banter, ironic title or clickbaity picture. It one reason no one read it. Also it is summer holidays and so no one is really wanting to read a reflection on, well, reflection. In that piece I asked the question ‘‘Where has reflective practice gone in youth Ministry?’ and … Continue reading Where is Jesus in your practice? & 9 other difficult questions to reflect on in Youth Ministry

Helping young people just cope isn’t enough..

I was recently in a conversation with a youthwork professional who was describing a situation where they had given young people in a church the opportunity to share their issues about life,  questions they had and to use these to plan the future direction of their group in terms of activities.  Amongst other things, such as bullying, eating disorders and pressure to conform,  the worker … Continue reading Helping young people just cope isn’t enough..

When might we tell young people that they can be a Christian and not believe the Bible to be 100% literal truth?

and other such questions. If we have established a faith community for and with young people in our churches, then surely, if this is a safe space, and an open space, then within this there is scope for young people to be given the tools to explore critical questions, rather than wait until they leave the safe space of church – go to university for … Continue reading When might we tell young people that they can be a Christian and not believe the Bible to be 100% literal truth?