Is ‘Pioneering’ in danger of becoming an overused buzzword in the church?

It used to be (when i was growing up) that people in churches were told that they were scared of evangelism, for the decade of evangelism, then people were told not to be scared of the Holy Spirit, either during Pentecost or as a backlash from the heady days of the ‘toronto (or whatever it became) blessing’. And as a result there was a reassurance … Continue reading Is ‘Pioneering’ in danger of becoming an overused buzzword in the church?

If young people are offered a relationship with Jesus – should it be a working one and not ‘just’ personal.

All those who have put on Christ are equipped to play the part. To act out our being in Christ is to practice the new life and new covenant we have in him (Kevin Vanhoozer, 2014, based on 2 Peter 1:8-10) There were many distinguishing elements in the way Jesus ‘discipled’ his 12 disciples, as opposed to the order of the day, the discipleship in … Continue reading If young people are offered a relationship with Jesus – should it be a working one and not ‘just’ personal.

10 myths that need busting in Youth Ministry, 10 that need to be circulated

Over time, stories become myths and legends are created, and there are stories of people, and good that is worth fighting for, or something like this says Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings. And over time, tales become myths, become legends in youth ministry. And there is still good worth fighting for, but even some of the those myths especially within youth ministry might … Continue reading 10 myths that need busting in Youth Ministry, 10 that need to be circulated

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)

Performing Evangelism at the Anglican Diocesan Youth Adviser Conference. (Slides included)

Today I have had the privilege of being able to make a contribution at the Annual conference for all the Church of England Diocesan Youth Advisers, on the subject of Evangelism. I was part of a four header, in which 3 others also contributed to the discussion. All shared of their experiences, their projects, their trials and how they related what they did theologically. It … Continue reading Performing Evangelism at the Anglican Diocesan Youth Adviser Conference. (Slides included)

Why the church needs to love Evangelism

On Wednesday I am heading to the gathering of Anglican Diocese youth leaders as they want me to do a talk on evangelism, what I think it means and how this might be applied to the practice of youth work & ministry. I have got to be honest, thinking about Evangelism ties me in knots, and brings me out in a cold sweat. But you … Continue reading Why the church needs to love Evangelism

Implications of Young People Opting in or Opting out of faith

In Youth Ministry, there have been 3 main schools of thought in regard to the approach taken, and these have centred on the nature of the role of the youth minister or ministry. Pete Ward in ‘Youthwork and the Mission of God’ (1997) describes them as ‘Inside-out’ and ‘Outside-in’ – and so depending on the starting point of the place of being ‘in’ – ie the … Continue reading Implications of Young People Opting in or Opting out of faith

Has Status anxiety in the church affected the success of Youth Ministry?

A simple enough question, dont you think. For, in some areas of youth work it can be easy to measure ‘success’ – a young person reduces their alcohol intake, or starts a job, or gets back into school. These are possibly more transformational or behavioural focuses of the youth work, some might say that these arent as ‘pure’ youthwork, but they exist and often help, … Continue reading Has Status anxiety in the church affected the success of Youth Ministry?

Aiming for anxiety-free practices of evangelicalism. 

One of the questions i received in January, after i had written, and quite a few people read my previous post ‘ Trying to survive after falling off the evangelical cliff’ (a link is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Kz) ,  in it i posed the question that it was possible to maintain an evangelical faith, but reject the practices of evangelicalism. Theres no doubt that so many people i … Continue reading Aiming for anxiety-free practices of evangelicalism. 

Stopping Culture from eating youth ministry for breakfast

I have been very lucky to have grown up as part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), which constantly engages its younger members to not only learn about their faith, but also to develop attitudes that help them to integrate with wider society through activities such as poppy appeals, charity collections and blood donations; furthermore, they get their youngsters to organise events and deliver … Continue reading Stopping Culture from eating youth ministry for breakfast