Why I’m thankful for Jose Mourinho leaving Man Utd a year ago

I realised that this week upcoming is particularly significant. Its one year since Jose Mourinho was sacked as Man Utd manager and as a Man Utd fan, these things are significant. Theres a number of significant events in my life that I can also remember when they were… because they happened on the same date or time as a Man Utd match, I can remember … Continue reading Why I’m thankful for Jose Mourinho leaving Man Utd a year ago

Is youth ministry just about survival?

I put a ‘thing’ out on twitter a week or so ago, amongst the youth and community work fraternal, ‘ share your top tips on how to survive in youth ministry’ and waited for the responses. I got a few, and i will share them below. But in the course of asking for the feedback, and writing this, I started to think about the reality … Continue reading Is youth ministry just about survival?

Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

Fast on the heels of last week’s piece on the 35 experiences of youthworkers comes this reflection on the superpowers that youthworkers are expected to possess, given the range of questions, reflections and comments about the last piece, it figures that youthworkers are expected to be superheroes? Doesnt it.. well at least they might have to at times possess all or some of the following: … Continue reading Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

Why might churches (only) advertise for a passionate, excited youthworker?

All together now, you know the tune: ‘The wonderful thing about youthworkers is youthworkers are wonderful things their tops are made out of rubber, their bottoms are made out of springs Theyre bouncy, trouncy, flouncy pouncy,  fun fun fun fun fun but the most wonderful thing about youthworkers is i’m the only one…. Youthworkers are cuddly fellas Youthworkers are awfully sweet Ev’ryone el-us is jealous … Continue reading Why might churches (only) advertise for a passionate, excited youthworker?

‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

Picture the scene, theres two youth workers chatting together at a conference, and you’re listening in to their conversation, I would put a fair wage on none of these statements being mentioned by either of them: 1. Your sabbatical is coming up, what are you planning to do? 2. I’m off next week for my annually organised cpd to help me on my designated career … Continue reading ‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

‘Where are UK church based Youthworkers?’ The Results:

Over the last 3 weeks I have promoted and shared around a Google Map, the aim of which was to try and build a picture of where in the UK the church based employed youth workers are. It has been a not insignificant task. In case you didnt see the original post, the criteria for marking a location on the map was as follows: Employed … Continue reading ‘Where are UK church based Youthworkers?’ The Results:

Youthworking for a Para, or multi church setting in the UK? – plot yourself here!

I have had a request…. 2 days into the plotting of the youthworkers in the UK who are working for a single church setting, I have had requests to plot the number of youthworkers who are working for a multi church or ‘para’ church organisation. And so, If you work for a para/multi church post – here is your opportunity! Please do stick to these … Continue reading Youthworking for a Para, or multi church setting in the UK? – plot yourself here!

Where are the Church based Youthworkers in the UK? (your chance to contribute)

Have you ever wondered where all the church based youthworkers are in the UK? Are they all in one area? one diocese? one county? how are they spread..? To find out, this is going to need your help! Theres been a number of conversations doing the rounds in the last few weeks, about the current state of play in regard to UK youth ministry. There … Continue reading Where are the Church based Youthworkers in the UK? (your chance to contribute)

When so many youthwork jobs are staying vacant – whats going on?

And i dont just mean the underpaid roles.  I mean good solid, permanent, well paid, interesting roles in creative cities and projects. All going unfilled , all in the last 18 months. Sitaution vacant seems to be common. This has been relayed to me time and time again over the last 4 years since I have been in the North East, but it was also … Continue reading When so many youthwork jobs are staying vacant – whats going on?

‘Its not about the money’- but are young people valued enough to pay youthworkers appropriately?

Is a youthworker really just paid peanuts? No one goes into youthwork for the money, like many ministries, and vocations, pay is secondary in job satisfaction to the desire to change and make the world better for others in whatever that means, education, health or support. Where Nurses have campaigned rightly for pay increases and teachers too, the individual church based youthworker is rarely able … Continue reading ‘Its not about the money’- but are young people valued enough to pay youthworkers appropriately?