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

Maybe in an outcomes focussed culture, it’s pioneering to visualise only the way.

I was out running the other day a combination of getting fit, and winter training. I have have a number of routes around the edge of Hartlepool, nearly all are loops of some kind. Apart from the first few runs, most of the time now I start by heading left out my house, up the main road and then I have several options which I … Continue reading Maybe in an outcomes focussed culture, it’s pioneering to visualise only the way.

‘We thought we’d be ok’; The most dangerous words in Youth work & Ministry

I am sure many organisations, businesses and charities suffer from these five dangerous words, and so it pains me to suggest that they are less dangerous within the field of youth ministry and youthwork, only to say that in the past 10-15 years of being involved in various forms of youth work, i have realised that these five words are some of the most dangerous. … Continue reading ‘We thought we’d be ok’; The most dangerous words in Youth work & Ministry

Are we on Red, Amber or Yellow warnings for the end of Youth Ministry in the UK?

If we’re involved in the business of youth ministry we need to ask ourselves this very difficult question. Are we the last generation of youth ministers, and are the current young people involved in youth ministry the last generation of young people who are? This might seem a world away to you. You might be reading this in a large city or mega church with … Continue reading Are we on Red, Amber or Yellow warnings for the end of Youth Ministry in the UK?

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)

Why ‘what works’ shouldn’t be our motivation for mission with young people

“We need to do (insert ministry here) because that works with young people” or the more precious statement: “Show me where this works” The search for the silver bullet to solve the problem that young people cause adult society continues. Disruptive young people ‘are given interventions’ , young people who dont attend church are ‘engaged with’ . But more specifically, schemes, initiatives, projects and services are realised. … Continue reading Why ‘what works’ shouldn’t be our motivation for mission with young people

Forget growth strategies for church & youth ministry; meet (young) peoples needs.

I am happy to be corrected by this. But I am struggling to remember an occasion in the last few years where a church or youth ministry organisation who has adopted or created a strategy for growth, has included the notion of ‘meeting peoples needs’. I wonder if this has been bypassed somewhat; for the sake of ‘evangelism strategy’, or ‘social action project’ or ‘organisation … Continue reading Forget growth strategies for church & youth ministry; meet (young) peoples needs.

Can Biblical doctrine direct organisation strategy?

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?

Tools for developing a Youth Ministry Youth Strategy

In a way i wish this was a post I needed to write more often, and in a similar way it a post i hope that i didnt have to. Why, well, sometimes i would like to think that churches would have some kind of plan/strategy/pathway for thinking about the discipleship of their children and young people (beyond them just attending groups). In another way there … Continue reading Tools for developing a Youth Ministry Youth Strategy

Does any kind of regional strategy actually work for (christian) Youth work?

This morning i was out for a ride, second one in three days, the second one around a different part of the North East, on Sunday it was more south county Durham/Teeside, today more East Coastal Durham, South wearside and then north Durham. It struck me just how diverse each of the villages were. It struck me too how many churches i went past that … Continue reading Does any kind of regional strategy actually work for (christian) Youth work?