Detached youth work is back! (& here’s some ideas and resources to help)

  Agreed. It may be out of necessity than choice in a Covid-19 infected world. But there is no doubt about it, there has been a steep rise in youth workers, projects, agencies and church groups beginning detached youthwork in the UK and world in the last 6 months (depending on the lockdown guidelines per country) Yet well done! Well done for not waiting for … Continue reading Detached youth work is back! (& here’s some ideas and resources to help)

In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

A few weeks ago, there was a bit of a discussion, may be caused by me, on the number of women in youth ministry who have been able to or been involved in publishing theological or theoretical books, and whether Youth Ministry is too American and too male. Whether publishing is the way to influence, or whether there are many many reasons is a piece … Continue reading In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

You know you’re a detached youthworker when.. (35 experiences you may have had)

Just before Christmas I penned the 35 experiences every youthworker has probably done  which included the line that ‘everyone has done detached youthwork once’ and this may or may not be the case. Earlier in the week, I put together an A-Z on detached youthwork which is proving to be quite a popular post (thank you) . I thought for the end of this week I … Continue reading You know you’re a detached youthworker when.. (35 experiences you may have had)

What if our youth practices are the trigger for young peoples challenging behaviour?

When i was delivering detached youthwork a few years ago and develop thinking about young people and their alcohol misuse, i developed (though probably more likely lifted from other similar processes) a diagram which tried to explain it that looked a bit like this : (excuse the quality, its a photo from a power point screen, i didn’t have publisher to develop it originally) A … Continue reading What if our youth practices are the trigger for young peoples challenging behaviour?

Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

I have written a number of pieces on detached youthwork, most of which are on the archives on my http://www.jamesballantyneyouthworker.wordpress.com site , many top tips, top tens, and pieces on specific issues. But I have never tried to write an A-Z, and do so with the aim of collating a definitive guide to detached youthwork.  So, at the beginning of 2019, I have tried, with … Continue reading Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

10 threats and opportunities for churches as posed by Detached youth work

Recently I was in a conversation with someone who was asking about my working experiences (no it wasn’t a job interview), and having talked a little about my experiences in working in a call centre, then making the leap to begin youthwork and theology training, I then mentioned that I have been involved in detached youthwork for the best part of the last 12 years, … Continue reading 10 threats and opportunities for churches as posed by Detached youth work

Globally; where does detached youth work happen? (plot yourself on the map)

Who goes out in the coldest weather? Does detached youthwork happen in america? Is any one doing detached in the UK at all? Have you ever wondered any of these things? or do you think that you’re the only detached youthworkers in your whole country or country for that matter? Even though much of the field of youthwork has taken a knock in the last … Continue reading Globally; where does detached youth work happen? (plot yourself on the map)

10 tips on starting and developing conversations with young people in the youth club

In my recent piece I wrote about how good conversations with young people turn an activity venue into a space of youthwork. Maybe this is a stark claim to a degree, and usually one of the more difficult aspects of working with young people, and frequently asked questions to me is ‘How to developing the conversations?’ , and often that issue resides in us, ie … Continue reading 10 tips on starting and developing conversations with young people in the youth club

How to make your ministry more like Jesus? then sit down

Who are the people who sit down in the public spaces of our villages, towns and cities? Think about it for a little while, do you notice who it is and why they sit? and is there a difference between those who sit because they have to, and those who sit because they choose to? The first thing we might do after sitting down in … Continue reading How to make your ministry more like Jesus? then sit down

Is Mentoring still the ‘silver bullet’ to solve all society’s problems with young people?

There was a time when Mentoring was the deemed to be the silver bullet, the approach and method that would solve the problems that young people were causing society, from the Big Sisters/Brothers schemes in America since the 1900’s to many school and community projects, funded by the US government in the states, to the voluntary and statutory projects here in the UK. Though in … Continue reading Is Mentoring still the ‘silver bullet’ to solve all society’s problems with young people?