Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

For those who keep up with these things, this is the fourth of my posts that is loosely related to ideas that emerge from Andrew Roots book, Faith formation in a secular age’ a book which is going to be discussed and referred to quite a bit over the next year within the corridors of youth ministry brand UK, possibly because we cant in the … Continue reading Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

Is the most faithful discipleship happening ‘outside’ the church?

As part of my role with Frontier Youth Trust, and also, my experience of being a youthworker over the last 10 years, one of the common conversations in the many Christian based projects, activities and ministries reverberates around the following kind of statements: We met with _______ person the other day – they would really love to follow Jesus and show signs of being interested … Continue reading Is the most faithful discipleship happening ‘outside’ the church?

Should Youth Discipleship be regarded as performative pedagogical practice?

One of the dangers, writes Giroux, of modern educational practice set within a global economy that has economic growth as its driving force is that it has involves even more so a ‘narrow pedagogy, memorization, high stakes testing and helping students to find a good fit within a market -orientated culture of commodification, standardization and conformity’ Giroux wasnt writing this that long ago. As a … Continue reading Should Youth Discipleship be regarded as performative pedagogical practice?

Get involved in a movement to love the world: join the church? 

So passionate about a cause, this week I felt i had to do something. Do something a bit more. From a distance i had been a member of a political party, posted articles on social media, and paid my monthly fee. And also received countless emails and communications from them. But on Thursday I felt i had to make more of a contribution. I went … Continue reading Get involved in a movement to love the world: join the church? 

‘You’re on your own pal’; preparing for the aloneness of Christian & Youth Ministry

I started this article thinking about the complexities of working in a parachurch or interdenominational set up, in youthwork, with the funding cut backs there have been, and how all of a sudden it is becoming more and more likely that ministries like this are being run by individuals, where before there were teams of members of staff. Add to that with the type of … Continue reading ‘You’re on your own pal’; preparing for the aloneness of Christian & Youth Ministry