A practical prod to help churches be places where young people flourish, my review of ‘Adoptive Church’ (2018)

I have had a copy of Chap Clarks ‘Adoptive Church’ for over a month now, sent to me to write a review of it, for this blog, its a bit of an odd book to try and write a review of, that’s not to say that it is without merit, some very interesting points, but I guess for me, a book that only has a … Continue reading A practical prod to help churches be places where young people flourish, my review of ‘Adoptive Church’ (2018)

How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

Oh well at least no one died tonight.  This can often be the mantra at the end of a crazy out work session. But its not setting the bar very high in regard to evaluating or reviewing a session. Duffy Robbins in a piece on Youthwork Magazine 12 years ago wrote a piece on evaluating youth ministry, describing how for some volunteers, a good youth … Continue reading How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

When was the last time you had reflective supervision for your youthwork? never? Well if its helpful, start today with the following questions:

The chances are that you’re involved in some kind of work with young people, after all thats what this blog is all about, and most of the people who read this are youthworkers, paid or voluntary in a variety of settings. So, the chances are that you’re involved in this ongoing unpredictable vocational task of trying to educate/support/guide/challenge young people through the purposeful relationship that … Continue reading When was the last time you had reflective supervision for your youthwork? never? Well if its helpful, start today with the following questions:

How might we respond and learn from young peoples challenging behaviour?

Whenever there is a question and answer session involving volunteers and developing community based youthwork, this is the one question that is almost certainly guarantee; What do you do with young peoples challenging behaviour? and it is a great question. Behind is often a combination of exasperation at what is going on, as well as a desire that the young people connect and benefit from … Continue reading How might we respond and learn from young peoples challenging behaviour?

How might space be created for discipleship growth in our churches?

I dont do gardening. At least I am in denial that I might be ‘doing gardening’, its more ‘being self sufficient’ trying to live closer to nature, and a whole host of other things that it might be known as , but it isnt gardening. So, that thing that I have been doing the last few years, not gardening, came about as I in herited … Continue reading How might space be created for discipleship growth in our churches?

Youth Discipleship; What if young people were performers of the gospel?

‘Christian children all must be, Mild, Obedient, Good as He.’ By the time he was 12, the boy Jesus was teaching the religious leaders of his time, questioning their beliefs and slightly defying his parents. Why wouldnt he, after all, he would regularly go to the temple for that festival, so why wouldnt he find a space to announce himself. Mild, Obedient, good? hmm… In … Continue reading Youth Discipleship; What if young people were performers of the gospel?

Young people, Youth organisations and galleries: Working as allies for change. Guest Post by Mark Miller, Tate Modern

Young people, Youth organisations and galleries: Working as allies for change. By Mark Miller, Circuit Programme Lead, and Convenor: Young People’s Programmes Tate Britain and Tate Modern https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-miller-4a439831/ In this Guest Post, Mark Miller describes and outline The Circuit Programme, and asks critical questions of how young people engaged with Art within it over a four year period, and calls for youth organisations to develop … Continue reading Young people, Youth organisations and galleries: Working as allies for change. Guest Post by Mark Miller, Tate Modern

Sometimes you can’t make it, on your own. (On finding a tribe) 

This is going to be my last post for a while, for, as you may know I am hoping to host a number of guest posts during November. Please do send your articles to me, and follow/like this page so that you can read them as they arrive. Just 500-1000 words on anything, theme to do with youth work, mission, young people & youth ministry. … Continue reading Sometimes you can’t make it, on your own. (On finding a tribe) 

Maintaining Young Peoples Joyful Curiosity

*boring start of blog alert….I dont listen to alot of Radio 4, although because my car arial is a bit rubbish and Radio 5 is a bit crackly I have started listening to it a bit more and today I was heading to the local supermarket and heard about 3 minutes of a discussion on education. What they said resonated alot with some of the … Continue reading Maintaining Young Peoples Joyful Curiosity

Young people as learners and deciders

‘The first area we might consider (in youth ministry) is the way in which young people move from being learners to deciders’  Shepherd, Nick, Faith Generation , 2016 As soon as I read this on Sunday afternoon, the phrase – from learners to deciders resonated. It started me thinking about a variety of models and values in youth work practice such as Harts participation ladder, a … Continue reading Young people as learners and deciders