‘To solve the church and society’s problems; we just need to get those feral young people into church’

Or at least, that’s what we want to pay a youth worker to do. Harsh? Or deep down is this what churches are really thinking? Twice in the last year I have heard the word ‘feral’ used to describe groups of young people. As many times more have I heard that getting young people into church is the only answer to solving their problems. Forgive … Continue reading ‘To solve the church and society’s problems; we just need to get those feral young people into church’

Young people are the saints of the present, not the church of the future. 

There can be two perspectives, in regard to how young people are viewed in the church, actually scrap that, maybe theres three. All influence the way in which people in churches develop ministries and so they’re important to reflect on, some more common than others, all impact the ongoing way which young people are treated, and then this impacts upon how they are discipled. The ‘not there yet’ … Continue reading Young people are the saints of the present, not the church of the future. 

The disconnect from mission ‘to’, to church ‘with’

As far as i know, Christian youthworkers, volunteers, and many people across the United kingdom are involved very sacrificially in the lives of individual and groups of young people who find themselves struggling with the following issues for a variety of reasons: Housing and Homelessness Sexual identity, sexual preference, Sexuality Learning difficulties Behavioural difficulties Disabilities Addictions to alcohol or drugs Sex Perpetrators of crime Domestic … Continue reading The disconnect from mission ‘to’, to church ‘with’

So is what you’re doing christian?

was a question i was asked by someone in church the other week, someone who was a visitor to the church and who had found out that i was a ‘christian youth worker’ and because of this wanted me to put some of their evangelistic mission posters up in a local school. It has taken me a little while to want to articulate a response … Continue reading So is what you’re doing christian?