10 Tips for creating a Healthy Youth Ministry

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

Is Youth work a good ethical and artistic compass for Youth ministry?

In my previous article where i revisited ‘All Joined Up’ by Danny Brierley (2003) (here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Mf), I came across a couple of sentences in which he described that the overarching philosophy of ‘youth work’ would be a way of challenging aspects of youth ministry where it was promoting unethical practices, faith manipulation, limited voluntary participation. I reflected further on this today, I was thinking of Youth … Continue reading Is Youth work a good ethical and artistic compass for Youth ministry?

Young people as learners and deciders

‘The first area we might consider (in youth ministry) is the way in which young people move from being learners to deciders’  Shepherd, Nick, Faith Generation , 2016 As soon as I read this on Sunday afternoon, the phrase – from learners to deciders resonated. It started me thinking about a variety of models and values in youth work practice such as Harts participation ladder, a … Continue reading Young people as learners and deciders

Who gets to make the decisions about young people?

This afternoon I was listening to Radio 5 live in which they had an interview with Lenny Henry. He was talking about the reflecting he was doing for a lengthy Phd which had developed over a period of time. During the time he researched at the colour of skin of sports people (black) in films over and against their coaches ( white/ usually the lead … Continue reading Who gets to make the decisions about young people?