LGBT and the Christian story (Part 1) -On growing up evangelical and the damaging silence

The short term prompt for this post is Peter Oulds piece in Christianity today, in which the title reads ‘why evangelicals need a better story’ which you can read for yourself here , it is a response to the conversations from a variety of high profile publications from prominent christians who profess to identify as LGBT, his published piece includes the lines: And this is … Continue reading LGBT and the Christian story (Part 1) -On growing up evangelical and the damaging silence

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

What if churches signed up to be ‘Young people Friendly’?

Fresh from my last post on the 16 statements of intent from IDYW (please give it a look) to re-imagine a new youthwork provision for young people in the UK, it crossed my mind that there might be a necessity for churches to have or create a similar statement of intent for its involvement with young people. Call it a charter or statement of purpose, … Continue reading What if churches signed up to be ‘Young people Friendly’?

Churches should be the safest place for LGBTQ young people (A review of ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers)

That is the bold confident claim and dream in the recent book ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers’, by the Youth Cartel, that includes contributions in this edition by Gemma Dunning, Shelley Donaldson, Nick Elio and Eric Woods, this is my review of this piece of work. There is much to be commended in this book. Though in one sense, the writers readily confess that their … Continue reading Churches should be the safest place for LGBTQ young people (A review of ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers)

How might churches communicate to young people that church really is a healthy place for them?

Most church websites, when talking about young people say something like this: We have lots for our young people to get involved with. From mid week groups to mentoring we’re passionate about walking alongside the youth to help equip them in their personal lives. or Our Connect Groups meet in _______ for all aged 10-17yrs old. Great fun, with food and talking about what it … Continue reading How might churches communicate to young people that church really is a healthy place for them?

Why is The Greatest Showman is providing joy to young people?

Whisper it quietly, there is a new ‘youth obsession taking over’ , as every week since Boxing Day, 1,000’s of young people in the UK  have been hearing a story of hope, of life, of inclusion, dance and controversy. No they haven’t been attending churches, or signing up to ‘old labour’ , it is not a superhero film, or Pixars latest, no, many young people … Continue reading Why is The Greatest Showman is providing joy to young people?

Youth Ministry’s embarrassingly slow turn to consider core youth work practices

The church is now doing a ‘thing’ on Mental Health, writes Will van der hart, in this article in Christianity today: https://www.christiantoday.com/article/how.the.church.went.from.hero.to.zero.on.mental.health/111414.htm?internal_source=ct_related_news , saying that since 2006 he and other have been banging on about mental health and young people. And thats great, that a national event like soul survivor is hosting a seminar on the topic. And its also as great that a major national evangelistic … Continue reading Youth Ministry’s embarrassingly slow turn to consider core youth work practices

Are Young people in church ‘born’ or ‘made’ leaders?

A few weeks ago I was lecturing a session on leadership and Management on the ‘EQUIP NE’ Course – (see here for details of how to apply http://www.equipnortheast.com/) , in which i gave the students an overview of management styles and also different thoughts on leadership.  We did the almost usual activity of describing what an ‘effective leader’ looks like in terms of characteristics, which in turn … Continue reading Are Young people in church ‘born’ or ‘made’ leaders?

Are young people excluded from youth ministry?

Project 328 is to be commended. Over the past 3-4 years they have done some research into gender equality at Christian conferences, to discover that some are better than others at achieving a gender balance amongst the main speakers. What they have highlighted is a bias towards male speakers, conferences organised by males and what might be regular group of the same people spinning around … Continue reading Are young people excluded from youth ministry?

Are young people more perceptive than we realise?

About 10 years ago I was asked to help out with a friends research on their MA course. Ill keep it a little confidential, but the remit in the task was to prepare a session in 30 minutes or so with a group of young people in a room, whom I had never met beforehand.  There was no inclination of theme, of age of the … Continue reading Are young people more perceptive than we realise?