All youth ministry is local.

No matter what the denomination leaders say No matter what the youth ministry specialists say No matter what the seminar leaders at the latest conference says No matter what the trainers at Christian ministries explain. No matter what the latest generalised view in a book is No matter what the latest research on a lost generation of young people says. All youth ministry is local. … Continue reading All youth ministry is local.

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?

‘But we ‘only’ have a few young people..’ – is youth discipleship better done small?

Only this, Only that, Only the other, If we ‘only’…  It is one of my pet hates, got to admit it. As I travel around and have conversations with church leaders, ministers and volunteers. When describing their project, their groups, their young people, there is a tendency to use the word ‘only’. It can occur in ‘ we ‘only’ have a few young people in … Continue reading ‘But we ‘only’ have a few young people..’ – is youth discipleship better done small?

Voluntary participation; The perilous pathway for the youthworker and minister to navigate

A couple of questions to start off with: Why do young people attend youth provision? and What keeps them there? In all the afterschool, weekend or evening youth provision that occurs outside of the remit of the education or justice system, these are crucial critical questions to ask about young people and why they attend the youth group, the club, the football team, the music … Continue reading Voluntary participation; The perilous pathway for the youthworker and minister to navigate

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?

How to solve a problem like when the ‘estate kids’ turn up at the ‘church kids’ youth group

We want to reach out to our local community – the church said We already have a youth group on a sunday night – the elders said lets publicise the group in the local area and hope ‘more kids attend’ – the congregation said The group needs more ‘numbers’ – the PCC said Question: did anyone ask the young people – who attend the group what they feel about … Continue reading How to solve a problem like when the ‘estate kids’ turn up at the ‘church kids’ youth group

10 Reasons why young people leave youth groups

Over this weekend I have been leading training with the EQUIP NORTH EAST students on the Unit entitled ‘working with young people’  (for details of the equip course see the above menu.) One of the questions I asked the students on Friday evening was, When you were a young person, what were some of the reasons you kept going to the youth activities that you … Continue reading 10 Reasons why young people leave youth groups

‘That doesnt sound like my church!’ Challenges in large church youth ministry

I was pulled up in my tracks today by someone who actually reads these articles. They told me that they like what they read about what I say about youthwork, young people and mission – ‘but when you talk about church thats not really my experience!’ – I have different problems to what you describe..! And the person is right, of course, no two churches are … Continue reading ‘That doesnt sound like my church!’ Challenges in large church youth ministry

10 Tips for creating a Healthy Youth Ministry

For a moment, stop and think about what it is like for a young person in the present day. If reports are to go by, then incidents and reporting of anxiety amongst young people are on the increase, as a result, young people may just have their self protection antenna switched to a firm on. But then again thats the same for most of us adults, … Continue reading 10 Tips for creating a Healthy Youth Ministry

Implications of Young People Opting in or Opting out of faith

In Youth Ministry, there have been 3 main schools of thought in regard to the approach taken, and these have centred on the nature of the role of the youth minister or ministry. Pete Ward in ‘Youthwork and the Mission of God’ (1997) describes them as ‘Inside-out’ and ‘Outside-in’ – and so depending on the starting point of the place of being ‘in’ – ie the … Continue reading Implications of Young People Opting in or Opting out of faith