Does Youth ministry need to stop trying to be innovative?

What do churches mean when the job advert says ‘pioneering & creative’ – has someone before ran out of ideas? – and its a new idea that is always required? My previous post exposed the frequency in which youth ministry adverts require someone to have innovation and creativity within their personality and skill set. It has been quite a well read piece, with a number … Continue reading Does Youth ministry need to stop trying to be innovative?

What might the end of Soul Survivor mean for UK youth ministry?

In case you’re not in the evangelical youth ministry bubble, an announcement was made on Friday that in 2019, that summers youth worship festival by Soul Survivor will be it’s last. The announcement is here http://thechurchsofa.co.uk/2018/05/soul-survivor-good-bye/ Opinions vary about how significant Soul Survivor has been over its 27 year run of summer festivals, as well as the many monthly and weekly services, and all the … Continue reading What might the end of Soul Survivor mean for UK youth ministry?

The Evangelical Youth Ministry dream may be over, but is meeting needs innovative?

Every now and again, an article or blog post gets written in the social media world of youth ministry that needs to be both applauded for its honesty and at the same time have a few questions asked of it, or look slightly below the surface. Martin Saunders recent piece on Innovation in Youth Ministry; ‘Innovation: Starting before the idea’, from Youthscape is one such piece. … Continue reading The Evangelical Youth Ministry dream may be over, but is meeting needs innovative?

Managing Change & Innovation

Find a way to fund this? How about doing this with young people instead? how do we do this? what do we need to do to react to this policy? How might the organisation change to attract donors? or young people?  Whats different now and where are the young people? Familiar.  Yup. Thought so. Change. We all need to do it at times, react to … Continue reading Managing Change & Innovation