8 ways of valuing your youthworker – because, they could be the last your church employs

Lets put a few things into context. The current situation regarding the pay, the training of, and also the sustainability of youthworkers in churches at the moment makes for pretty challenging reading. It is worth noting, positively that churches who employ youthworkers are more likely to have less young people leave, and if anything do increase their sunday attendances, especially if the youthworker is employed … Continue reading 8 ways of valuing your youthworker – because, they could be the last your church employs

The not so hidden problem of longevity in youth ministry

Imagine the scenario, as a young person you’ve loved the time you’ve been able to spend with your youth leader, they’ve entertained, taken you on residentials, had great conversations, listened to you, developed your talents, pushed you to do things and really been one of the key main influences in your life. It’s been amazing for you to have had a youth leader like them. And what better … Continue reading The not so hidden problem of longevity in youth ministry

Investing in volunteers is better that employing a professional youthworker

Yesterday i wrote a piece about what a church needs to do, if they were thinking about employing a youthworker as a member of staff within a church, to help with the designated need and work required. However, during today i have realised that this is a luxury that many churches have absolutely no hope of even thinking of, given tight resources and budgets. Having no … Continue reading Investing in volunteers is better that employing a professional youthworker

Minimum requirements for employing a church based youth worker

For the local church employing anyone might be something of a daunting task, whether thats a cleaner, an administrator or the organist. But at least those roles are fairly obvious- and everyone sort of knows what to do, keep things tidy for one, dump things on the desk with a post it note for two, and avoid for the third ( only joking organists!) .  But a … Continue reading Minimum requirements for employing a church based youth worker

Employing a youthworker – letter to church congregations

Dear Church congregations, Heres some handy tips to prepare yourselves if you have the resources and vision and passion for young people and lucky enough to appoint a youthworker. Given that theres not many to go around nowadays, that a few Christian youthwork training courses have closed recently, a quick scan of youthwork magazine, Facebook and twitter might reveal an increased number of roles required, … Continue reading Employing a youthworker – letter to church congregations