Its time for a rethink in Youth Ministry. Over the past three days I have ended up watching Ken Robinsons seminal TED talk on Education from 2006: The transcript of which is here: https://singjupost.com/schools-kill-creativity-sir-ken-robinson-transcript/ and the 18 minutes of your time are easily accessible on YouTube. The question he poses in this relates to education, but he asks: We have a huge vested interest in it, … Continue reading Dreaming of youth ministry that is relevant from the point of interaction
Sorry to inconvenience you, but due to high volume of traffic caused by this post being shared and read widely, this site has encountered a technical fault. If you would like to read this post, then you can do so by clicking this link here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Vm… dont worry its not spam or a dodgy link, its to the same but updated article. If you’re not sure … Continue reading Want to engage and keep young people? Make youth ministry more dangerous.
For a moment, stop and think about what it is like for a young person in the present day. If reports are to go by, then incidents and reporting of anxiety amongst young people are on the increase, as a result, young people may just have their self protection antenna switched to a firm on. But then again thats the same for most of us adults, … Continue reading 10 Tips for creating a Healthy Youth Ministry
The film Se7en came out in 1995, I watched it when i was 18, i think, just. Or i may have been nearly 18. And it was pretty graphic and shocking for me at the time. Unlike Trainspotting or Aliens it isn’t a film i have given a re-watch to ever since. If you’ve not seen it, IMDB describes it as “A film about … Continue reading 7 not-so-Deadly Sins in Youth Ministry
There were 10 main points in the conclusion to ‘Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual lives of American Teenagers’ by Christian Smith, but the main headline from the book referred to the concept of MTD. Between 2001 and 2005 , the National Study of Youth and Religion in American undertook research into the Spiritual lives of young people aged between 11-17, they conducted interviews, focus groups, … Continue reading MTD & 10 other findings about Young People and Religion from ‘Soul Searching’
When religious communities do not invest in their youth, unsurprisingly their youth are less likely to invest in their religious faith (Christian Smith, 2005) That investment, is not just financial, though it helps. There was no paid youthworker in my church growing up, but If you read my story about how I grew up and stayed in the church (it is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Ph ) you will … Continue reading ‘They’re just kids’ and 11 other reasons for not giving Young People responsibilities in Churches
Last week you may have noticed that I posted an article that described what kind of churches in the USA were able to keep young people engaged, that post is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-NP, the research is from the Fuller institute in the USA, and worth reflecting on. In the last few years there has been a plethora of articles saying : why millenials leave the church? or … Continue reading Why I didnt leave the church
A simple enough question, dont you think. For, in some areas of youth work it can be easy to measure ‘success’ – a young person reduces their alcohol intake, or starts a job, or gets back into school. These are possibly more transformational or behavioural focuses of the youth work, some might say that these arent as ‘pure’ youthwork, but they exist and often help, … Continue reading Has Status anxiety in the church affected the success of Youth Ministry?
Finally – someone has bothered to do some actual research! The Fuller Institute have just published some initial findings from a 4 year study into what goes on in churches that young people, young adults, like to go to, and which ones have engaged them. I have copied the whole summary from the webpage, as it is isnt long- as it is worth reading in … Continue reading Questions and response to: “what young people want in a church?”
We need our organisation to be effective! It needs to be ‘moving forward’ , Stagnation is capitulation! , Growth is good, efficiency is the name of the game, Organisations needs to be outcomes orientated! Does anyone else wince that these get said in places of work, you know the corporate lingo to often mean job cuts, or reschuffles, or changed focus. Its not far off … Continue reading Can Biblical doctrine direct organisation strategy?