As the snowdrops begin to open in my garden, and lightness in the day starts to get a bit longer, and the early signs of spring are in the air, there is the sense of promise, the hope for something new. And hope, and waiting and growth are key phrases within Christian ministry and organisations. There is a pining for growth, new growth, revivial is … Continue reading When Ministries & Organisations close; Can we be better prepared for it?
There is no easy way to talk about this. The culmination of the lack of longevity in youth ministry positions in churches (usually about 3 years), funding shortages in the public sector, the competition for funding in the voluntary sector and even the shortage of funding in voluntary denomination projects, and all the other reasons why a youth work might leave a post (see http://wp.me/p2Az40-10B,) What … Continue reading In Youth Ministry: we need to talk about post-Job recovery.
As I write this it is Saturday afternoon (in June 2017) (though not finished until Monday), and I have 1 week left being the Manager of a youth work organisation. The organisation itself is also about to close down during the summer. So if there was anything i would be able to reflect on right now it writing from the midst of the process of … Continue reading Managing in Youth Work: Reflecting Spiritually, Closure and Endings
You love your job. You’re a youth worker. You’ve worked in a youth club, with a group of young people, in a school, church or community centre. You built the group from scratch. You developed their interests, met needs, did residential, helped them paticipate. You’ve given of yourself, your personal emotions, you’ve connected. You’ve developed a project, made it your own. Maybe that’s your situation. … Continue reading Make sure you leave well!