Practicing thankfulness in the midst of the storm – 2018 into 2019.

You’ve probably seen the end of year lists. You know the ‘list your 10 achievements in 2018’ or ‘ your 10 films of the year’, and whilst sometimes excruciating hearing the achievements or interests of others can inspire and provoke. It can also be therapeutic and useful to name and remember the blessings and moments of a year period into another. Unashamedly this piece is … Continue reading Practicing thankfulness in the midst of the storm – 2018 into 2019.

In the Drama of your youth Ministry, does God have a speaking part?

Have a think about this for a moment…. Where is God speaking to you through your youthwork practice? Might it be easy before, or after, but what about through and in midst of it all? This post will look at how God speaks, Biblically, divine action and then what it might mean for God to speak through our practices of youth ministry. For those who … Continue reading In the Drama of your youth Ministry, does God have a speaking part?

Young people arent likely to talk about God, but what is it that they want us to hear?

God God God God God There used to be a time when young people couldn’t stop talking about God. Really???? But Youthscape are right. Young people are not talking about God. Heres a link to their research https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Our-young-people-aren-t-talking-about-God.-Here-s-what-the-Church-should-do Though they did only interviewed 16 young people for their study. But overall Youthscape’s research is evident of a tidal cultural shift in young people over the … Continue reading Young people arent likely to talk about God, but what is it that they want us to hear?

Theres nothing comfortable about doing mission with the risk taking God

It is a fairly well known story, even to those who didnt have to colour in pictures of sheep during sunday school. The story of the Lost sheep. Jesus, when being complained to by the Pharisees about who he spent time with, told them it, and it goes like this: 3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of … Continue reading Theres nothing comfortable about doing mission with the risk taking God

The wait is almost over

I watched one of those ‘review of the year’ programmes early this morning when my dog woke us all up at 6. I had remembered many things. But forgot about the eclipse. That rare sight. Only partial in the UK but still a rare moment in astronomical history. Footage of cars piled into fields to watch the moment of light to darkness and then slowly … Continue reading The wait is almost over

The biggest crime in youth ministry? making Jesus boring.

A number of years ago I was given the task of trying to make Jesus interesting to a group of young people. The young people were all from what might be considered ‘challenging’ backgrounds, all had been referred onto the week long residential from social services, none knew each other much. And all were there to have a great time away from their home situations, … Continue reading The biggest crime in youth ministry? making Jesus boring.

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

Dancing with the Hide and Seek God

Richard Passmore in his recent blog on Sunday Papers : Calling the walls to dust (5) http://www.sundaypapers.org.uk/?p=3274   wrote the following in respect to pushing beyond missio dei: “Perhaps the challenge is to feel where people and place are condensing, and use a language that is about coming together to create space to discover G-d. If I was pushed I would say a more helpful wording is that … Continue reading Dancing with the Hide and Seek God