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?

35 Experiences that (probably) every youthworker has done:

We’ve all seen them, the ’20 things everyone from your city must have done’, or the bucket list of 10 things to do before you die, so just for fun on Friday, here are 35 things that I’m pretty sure many of us as youth workers of one sort or another have either done, or had experience of in our role or career to date. … Continue reading 35 Experiences that (probably) every youthworker has done:

Is Sunday church attendance still the great expectation of youth ministry?

Youth Ministers and youth workers are some of the most creative, determined and passionate people i know, especially when it comes to doing all they can to help young people to think about faith. but doesnt any of it matter, if the young people dont go to their local church on a Sunday morning?   Over the last few months, may be a bit longer, I have … Continue reading Is Sunday church attendance still the great expectation of youth ministry?

The Occasions when ‘What a youthworker says’ is different to ‘What a church hears’

Often youthworkers are some of the most creative people around. Bringing ideas to the table, thinking around barriers, trying to provide processes and solutions to respond to young people, work with them and create opportunities for learning. However, i wonder whether at times there can be miscommunication, well not miscommuniccation as such but a difference between what a youthworker says about what theyre going to … Continue reading The Occasions when ‘What a youthworker says’ is different to ‘What a church hears’

Four views on Youth Ministry and ‘Sunday’ Church

We all know by now that the predominant reasons for setting up youth groups, youth ministry and other such activities in a local area, or church is that young people disrupt the service young people find church boring. It has been said that somehow it is not ‘for them’ – theres something ‘dark’ and ‘secret’ about ‘adult’ church, maybe its where adults talk about hidden … Continue reading Four views on Youth Ministry and ‘Sunday’ Church

Why do youth workers leave the church?

In the last week, Brian McClaren, the highly regarded and influential American Theologian and Pastor, penned and article: “Why do so many Pastors and Ministers leave the church”. It is personal, provocative and enlightening. And it is to be found here at this link:  http://brianmclaren.net/why-pastors-and-priests-are-leaving-the-church-part-1/ Get a glimpse of the main aspects of what Brian is saying here: As a leader in the church I … Continue reading Why do youth workers leave the church?

‘that the young people in church wont leave’ and 9 other expectations when the youthworker arrives.

My last two posts have created a bit of interest. In each of them I have described and discussed some of the challenges, and solutions to aspects of the line management relationship between Clergy and Youthworkers. What has become clear, in the dynamic of the relationship, in the context of the local church, is that one of the most significant contributor to issues in it … Continue reading ‘that the young people in church wont leave’ and 9 other expectations when the youthworker arrives.

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

Does a Youthworker need to be Managed? Reflect on that question just for a moment. As you do, think about why they need to be managed, what about them needs to be managed – and what is ‘management’ at all?  Because one of the most pressing issues, that just does not go away is that of managing youthworkers, and in particularly the role of the line … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)