‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

Picture the scene, theres two youth workers chatting together at a conference, and you’re listening in to their conversation, I would put a fair wage on none of these statements being mentioned by either of them: 1. Your sabbatical is coming up, what are you planning to do? 2. I’m off next week for my annually organised cpd to help me on my designated career … Continue reading ‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

Lets get Theological! On making Theology, not models & strategies first in Youth Ministry

You wont read this post. I guarantee you, no one will read this post. Even with a sneaky reference to an Olivia Newton John lyric in the title, you wont read this, because its got Theology in the title as well. I should have put sex, or masturbation, or something witty, clever or clickbaity, but no, in the spirit of honesty this piece is what … Continue reading Lets get Theological! On making Theology, not models & strategies first in Youth Ministry

7 Steps to a better youthwork strategy

You dont really need to do much research to discover the various business decisions and strategies that have deemed to have failed, as they have lost money, caused the closure of a business or shown to have lacked the foresight required in determining the future. One example of the company Kodak, who spend £millions in the 1970 developing a prototype for the digital camera (delivering … Continue reading 7 Steps to a better youthwork strategy

What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?

I saw this quote doing the rounds on Facebook today. Excuse its language. But dont excuse its sentiment. On one hand we could argue that young people in the 80’s and 90’s didnt have it too badly – and I should know i was one of them. Politicians got headlines for peace deals, climate change caused action, peace was a hopeful reality i large parts … Continue reading What do we expect teenagers to be made of, a substance tougher than steel?

If young people don’t trust adults, who could blame them? 

Young People might have a pretty odd feeling towards adults at the moment. If we’re honest just look at us, then think for a moment, that it would be much of a surprise if young people were more forceful in deciding that they would make a better job of it all. Last week, young people it was said have started articulate that they hoped social … Continue reading If young people don’t trust adults, who could blame them? 

‘Its not you – its us’; How the church abandoned young people  

In no particular order here is a list, can you work out what links them all?  Sunday Trading, Materialism, The entertainment industry, Sport, Increased spending power, a culture of choice, post-modernism, broken families, lack of discipline, feminism and the pill, The Sunday papers, lie ins, women, free love and the 60’s, the motor car, Millenials, increased working hours, Men, The education system, fear, the welfare … Continue reading ‘Its not you – its us’; How the church abandoned young people  

On Making and Managing Changes in Youth Ministry

A friend of mine said to me over the last few weeks ; ” James, I get what you say, in your writing and thoughts on youth ministry – but as a volunteer – how am I expected to put it into practice?”  The old saying goes ; ‘Be the change you want to be’           The other saying goes ; If … Continue reading On Making and Managing Changes in Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry’s path to strategy…. & failure (part 1)

The desire for the quick win within Youth Ministry is all around. Google ‘Youth Ministry resources’ and youll find the following;  Making your talk count when you only have 10 minutes! The Ultimate Youth Ministry resource kit! 3 Crucial practices that fuel unstoppable growth in youth Ministry!  How to build youth Ministry from scratch!  Building a better youth ministry 30 Ways in 30 days!  The desire … Continue reading Youth Ministry’s path to strategy…. & failure (part 1)

What are 12 things youth leaders cannot do?

Thank you to Clare McCormack, for sharing the following article on 12 things that ‘Pastors’ cannot do, which you can read here: http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/298822-12-things-pastors-cannot.html?utm_content=buffer0354b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer And so, when it comes to being a youth leader/worker… What are 12 things a Youthworker cannot do?  From the above piece, i think three are appropriate to steal from the above list that apply to Pastors: Escape mistakes. All of us will mess … Continue reading What are 12 things youth leaders cannot do?

Reaching young people with the method of the Gospel (beyond Generation Z)

I have read, and re-read YFC’s latest research based on the responses of 1001 young people in Scotland, England and Wales (no one from NI) that brings to the attention of those involved in youth ministry a number of insights into the behaviours, actions and beliefs that these 1001 young people have. As I have written previously, we’re in a hot bed of release of … Continue reading Reaching young people with the method of the Gospel (beyond Generation Z)