Could churches encourage young people to become a movement of local community activists?

When it comes to planning and developing a curriculum for a group of young people in a faith based setting – why is that creating opportunities for them to participate in some kind of local social community activism is more than often outside of a default mentality? its not for you? , well at least it felt like it was for me… I remember when … Continue reading Could churches encourage young people to become a movement of local community activists?

How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

Oh well at least no one died tonight.  This can often be the mantra at the end of a crazy out work session. But its not setting the bar very high in regard to evaluating or reviewing a session. Duffy Robbins in a piece on Youthwork Magazine 12 years ago wrote a piece on evaluating youth ministry, describing how for some volunteers, a good youth … Continue reading How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

FYT Streetspace Gathering 2018; feeling the movement

The pressure was on. After raving about it every year, writing blog pieces on it each year (including this post, my second most popular in 2017), This year, I, as part of the staff team was part responsible for planning the FYT Streetspace gathering, The national gathering of pioneer youthworkers. The pressure to make it work, or make it better, or make it more original, … Continue reading FYT Streetspace Gathering 2018; feeling the movement

Does developing group work offer a clue to growing church?

A recurring conversation amongst many people involved in youth ministry and church ministry overall is We get loads of people to come to our toddler group – but very few come to sunday worship or a similar one looks like this Quite a few people enjoy our lunch club, but even though we try, not make come to the special easter services In Youth Ministry, … Continue reading Does developing group work offer a clue to growing church?

Sometimes you can’t make it, on your own. (On finding a tribe) 

This is going to be my last post for a while, for, as you may know I am hoping to host a number of guest posts during November. Please do send your articles to me, and follow/like this page so that you can read them as they arrive. Just 500-1000 words on anything, theme to do with youth work, mission, young people & youth ministry. … Continue reading Sometimes you can’t make it, on your own. (On finding a tribe) 

Welcome encouragement along the edge

This year I missed the FYT,  Streetspace gathering, I didn’t even follow it that much on twitter, though if you want to see what I thought of the previous two that I went to and loved, I’ve written about them on this blog (2015 and 2013). They’re great because they ask for participation, for collaboration, and for shared learning across the whole weekend. They itch at the … Continue reading Welcome encouragement along the edge