Does anyone still use that phrase ; its always the 20% of people in churches that seem to do 80% of all the work? It got banded around for quite a while, though I’ve not heard it recently. It was, at best a passive aggressive way of encouraging people who only sat on pews every week to make more contributions in the life of churches. … Continue reading Should discipleship be ‘action’ first?
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?
A few weeks ago I penned a piece that began with Peter Oulds assertion that ‘Evangelicals need a better story’ in regard to how situations of LGBT are dealt with, and the piece ended with my own story of growing up evangelical, and the predominant silence on the issue, a silence which meant that as a young person I had no way of assessing the … Continue reading LGBT and the Christian Story (Part 2) – Might drama make for a better evangelical story?
You wont read this post. I guarantee you, no one will read this post. Even with a sneaky reference to an Olivia Newton John lyric in the title, you wont read this, because its got Theology in the title as well. I should have put sex, or masturbation, or something witty, clever or clickbaity, but no, in the spirit of honesty this piece is what … Continue reading Lets get Theological! On making Theology, not models & strategies first in Youth Ministry
Why is it that young people are often involved in committees at schools, as young as primary school, given responsibility in ‘anti-bullying’ campaigns, tasked with being peer mentors, and encouraged to have their view on school councils within school – and yet in churches they’re often just given a picture to colour in and an activity to do? Thats a statement I say alot. And … Continue reading Is our concept of participation, in youth ministry, too small?
For those who keep up with these things, this is the fourth of my posts that is loosely related to ideas that emerge from Andrew Roots book, Faith formation in a secular age’ a book which is going to be discussed and referred to quite a bit over the next year within the corridors of youth ministry brand UK, possibly because we cant in the … Continue reading Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?
It sounds a bizarre question doesnt it, after all, youth group may have just finished, it occured in the place of spiritual activity, a church, was led by christian leaders, often involved activities with young people who were keen to be there, and occupied for a short period of time, so its inevitable that God turned up – yeah? Have you ever thought or felt that … Continue reading Where does God act in your youth Ministry?
Recently I was meeting with a colleague who asked me whether I had always been ‘well read’, a question that I hadnt really thought of before. It wasnt something i would have said to myself up until the age of 18 when i read a little academic reading as possible to get through school. But that changed when I started studying and working towards something … Continue reading My top 10 reads of 2017 (maybe inspiration for your ‘book’ tokens?)
One of the Key stereotypes of a youth worker is their underpreparedness. Turning up late for meetings, with no notes. Planning the youth group on the way there in the car, so that no one knows whats going on. In the following video, there are a number of youth worker stereotypes, the ‘tardy’ youth worker is often the one that most people relate to. On … Continue reading Learning to improvise within Christian Youth work & Ministry.
Missio Dei is a significant concept within Christian Mission, it quite literally means the Mission of God, and it has been written on extensively for best part of the last 50-100 years, as David Bosch writes. It refers to the mission activity of God and how the church as part of Gods creation takes part in Gods mission – and not vice versa. The role of … Continue reading To see God at work, maybe we have to find him in the likeliest of places?