Mission: Developing gifts on our doorstep

Notes from todays sermon, at Headland Baptist Church, Hartlepool.. Todays subject is on Fruitfulness on the frontline, and based around the subject of mission, and about mission, about fruitfulness on the frontline. 22 year ago I took part in a gap year called Oasis Frontline, and they sent me to Hartlepool back then, so talking about mission on the frontline seems to have come full … Continue reading Mission: Developing gifts on our doorstep

Are youth ministry books all saying the same thing?

The last 4 books I have read on youth ministry have started sounding like a bit of a or reading them, has been like its as if there is nothing new under the sun, or maybe with a twist that: Now, it could be that I read the same kind of youth ministry books, and to a large extent that might be true. However, I … Continue reading Are youth ministry books all saying the same thing?

Youth work: Focussing on the strength of the rope, not its knots.

A rope is 1/3 weaker when it has a knot in it.  Or at least thats what I was told in Scouts many years ago. I havent googled it to confirm it.  A rope is only two thirds effective when it has a knot in it. It is less strong. On Sunday I preached at Headland Baptist Church, Hartlepool, on the Subject of the churches … Continue reading Youth work: Focussing on the strength of the rope, not its knots.

Vulnerability as the starting point of community transformation

“But that might mean we have to be vulnerable” I was at a gathering of people this week, mostly clergy, and the subject within it was about conversations, and creating opportunities to have conversations with people. The kind of thing that detached youthwork is pretty much uniquely and solely about. Ideas flung across the room, such as chatting to people who were waiting at the … Continue reading Vulnerability as the starting point of community transformation

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (part 2)

We dont need to worry too much about Management, im sure we’ll be fine or Im meant to be your line manager, theyve asked to do it, im sure we can work it out as we go Are words that I have heard on at least two occasions during the induction process (where there was an induction process) from Clergy in their role as line-manager … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (part 2)

Detached youthwork as a community building exercise

Earlier this week i wrote a short piece that held a mirror on the faith organisation of the church to the comparison of ‘the community’ in Cormac Russells blog on the nuture development site, this article is here:  http://wp.me/p2Az40-E6. I notice that on the same Nurture development site, Shaun Bartlett has written a sequel, titled ‘building bridges or walls’ – this is here, and worth a … Continue reading Detached youthwork as a community building exercise

Strength based faith communities for (young) people

On the excellent Nurture Development website, Cormac Russell (Managing director of the ABCD institute) has recently written a piece titled ‘Taking a strengths based approach to young people’ . It is about having a perspective of young people that is distinctive from society – one where young peoples strengths are focussed on, you can read it in full here (and it is well worth a read) http://www.nurturedevelopment.org/blog/taking-strengths-based-approach-young-people-moving-risk-promise-part-1/ … Continue reading Strength based faith communities for (young) people

10 reasons why young people might prefer detached youthworkers

This evening I have been delivering detached youth work training to a group of volunteers in churches in Hartlepool. During the evening, one of the more common exercises i do, is to think about the positives and challenges of detached youth work from our perspective as prospective deliverers of it. The usual aspects emerge, challenges include the weather, unpredictability and lack of control, benefits, meeting … Continue reading 10 reasons why young people might prefer detached youthworkers

When the man of peace was.. err a woman with gifts.. 

Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town (Matthew 10: 11) If the persons house is peaceful, the blessing will stand (Luke 10: 6-9) These verses have been key texts for the methods of doing mission. Coming as they do amongst lengthier descriptions of the task ahead for the disciples as they … Continue reading When the man of peace was.. err a woman with gifts.. 

15 tips for every church to disciple young people

or ‘if you want to keep young people in church, value and trust them’ Its pretty obvious by now that churches are local, contextual beasts. There’s limited cultural shifting in any organisation thats over 25 years old, and so many churches fit into that category. So no amount of diocesan training, denomination conferences, inter denominational collectives, or summer worship at festivals, will enable dynamic shifting to … Continue reading 15 tips for every church to disciple young people