What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

Yeah, I know. That’s what I thought too… The question that literally no one is asking. I’ve got to admit, when it comes to the ‘future’ of, things that are buzzing around, future of the church, future of youth ministry, future of communities, future of society and welfare, they all conjure up radical thinking, deep reflection and an energy.  Practice led passions, practice led prophetic … Continue reading What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

4 helpful questions for dealing with narcissist leaders

Its one thing spotting a narcissist, and what that person is doing to you, its quite another thing being able to do something about it. This article in Psychology today, describes some of the signs of narcissist abuse and also the common phrases that they use. There are a number of ways, and I am seriously no expert, apart from considerable personal experience, in trying … Continue reading 4 helpful questions for dealing with narcissist leaders

7 Steps to a better youthwork strategy

You dont really need to do much research to discover the various business decisions and strategies that have deemed to have failed, as they have lost money, caused the closure of a business or shown to have lacked the foresight required in determining the future. One example of the company Kodak, who spend £millions in the 1970 developing a prototype for the digital camera (delivering … Continue reading 7 Steps to a better youthwork strategy

Does the church (and youth ministry) need to rid itself of capatalist c**p?

I was at my neices 18th birthday party last year, not a large affair, though a house and garden full of family and her friends in South London. As as is the norm with these things, the ‘young people’ were in the garden drinking or hiding the drink they were drinking, and the adults were mostly indoors (it was a fairly cold november evening), except … Continue reading Does the church (and youth ministry) need to rid itself of capatalist c**p?

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?

Why I didnt leave the church

Last week you may have noticed that I posted an article that described what kind of churches in the USA were able to keep young people engaged, that post is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-NP, the research is from the Fuller institute in the USA, and worth reflecting on. In the last few years there has been a plethora of articles saying : why millenials leave the church? or … Continue reading Why I didnt leave the church

Is Youth Ministry now judged on the quality of the leaders it creates?

I should let it go. I really should. But like the nagging question that never goes away, there is i think more reflecting to be done on the question of the quality of youth workers as posed by Mike Pilovachi in the recent Youthwork Magazine article. The link is here: http://www.premieryouthwork.com/Read/The-Youthwork-Blog/Has-the-quality-of-youth-workers-decreased?a if you’re one of the few people involved in faith based youthwork/british youth ministry that hasnt … Continue reading Is Youth Ministry now judged on the quality of the leaders it creates?

15 tips for every church to disciple young people

or ‘if you want to keep young people in church, value and trust them’ Its pretty obvious by now that churches are local, contextual beasts. There’s limited cultural shifting in any organisation thats over 25 years old, and so many churches fit into that category. So no amount of diocesan training, denomination conferences, inter denominational collectives, or summer worship at festivals, will enable dynamic shifting to … Continue reading 15 tips for every church to disciple young people

Why not team leadership in community organisations?

I’m just taking a break from writing my current essay on youthwork management, watching the France v Albania game, but with the following thought.. ‘Can team leadership work in youth work or youth ministry?’ Does it exist anywhere? Ha ha ha you might say. And I would retort in a similar fashion, in the current economic climate only a few expressions of organistions can afford … Continue reading Why not team leadership in community organisations?