What makes a good conversation with young people?

In the past I have given many hints and tips on how to have a good conversation with young people, I have also reflected sociologically and theologically about conversations, and suggested ways of valuing them (Ie ensure they feature in review sheets) but I wonder; ‘What makes a good conversation?’ Think about for a moment, whether you were in a pub, a coffee shop, in … Continue reading What makes a good conversation with young people?

Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

Fast on the heels of last week’s piece on the 35 experiences of youthworkers comes this reflection on the superpowers that youthworkers are expected to possess, given the range of questions, reflections and comments about the last piece, it figures that youthworkers are expected to be superheroes? Doesnt it.. well at least they might have to at times possess all or some of the following: … Continue reading Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

‘Where have the young people gone?’ 5 ways to get the long lost young people back into church

One minute you have them, all neat and tidy in rows upon rows, in small groups of small groups doing sunday school – the next minute theyre all gone!  And, theyve stayed gone. Remembering that this situation isnt new (the drop off from the 2 million young people who attended sunday schools at aged 8 verses aged 12 was large, and that was pre 1900)    … Continue reading ‘Where have the young people gone?’ 5 ways to get the long lost young people back into church

How to make your ministry more like Jesus? then sit down

Who are the people who sit down in the public spaces of our villages, towns and cities? Think about it for a little while, do you notice who it is and why they sit? and is there a difference between those who sit because they have to, and those who sit because they choose to? The first thing we might do after sitting down in … Continue reading How to make your ministry more like Jesus? then sit down

The Church as Mission in Space

I was out volunteering on detached around the streets of Hartlepool this evening. Just walking and wandering around.  In the end there wasn’t many opportunities for conversations but that’s not so important. In a culture where every moment is viewed through a lens of how effective, purposeful and impactful time is. Just being available and wasting time providing space for people is not only valuable, … Continue reading The Church as Mission in Space

Harnessing the power of young peoples ideas; the future of youth ministry? 

What if the role of the youth worker was to harness the power of the young persons ideas? Whenever there’s discussions about young adults conceptually we might put them in sociological context, as teenagers or adolescents, in a victim or voiceless context such as ‘youth crime’ and innocent/precious context ‘young love’ . Two others are young people as deficit, somehow distinct from society (as determined … Continue reading Harnessing the power of young peoples ideas; the future of youth ministry? 

Taking a cue from the context; Detached youthwork on the stage of the world

I got to realise, that filming in India, there are always three people to work with, the actor, the script and the City So said Dev Patel, film maker, who was talking on the Wittertainment podcast, the Kermode and Mayo Radio 5 film review show last week. He was promoting a new film, Lion, out at the end of January, his fifth set in India, … Continue reading Taking a cue from the context; Detached youthwork on the stage of the world

How might churches develop loving community work?

In my last post i made a simple point that, in a way, in mission the songs of the church matter little (though at times sadly we, and i mean we , the church place alot of emphasis on the relevancy or contemporaryness of music/singing as mission imperative) , and that our love for a community matters so much more.  Having been challenged to think about what this … Continue reading How might churches develop loving community work?

The hearing church  

The church, says Calvin must “become accustomed to hearing men” (apologies for the specific gender reference, it was Calvin) This is taken from his commentary on Acts 8, the situation of the Ethiopian, the eunuch who’d been shunned by the Jewish community and found belonging in the message that Philip shared, when he listened to the eunuchs plea for understanding. The question is, how effective … Continue reading The hearing church  

Personal learning from the streets

The title of this blog page has nearly always been about learning from the streets, sometimes the writing has reflected this, usually its about learning from the actual conversations and reality of meeting young people in their chosen space that causes me to stop, reflect and listen, being attentive to what is going on. As i was out walking the other day, and after a … Continue reading Personal learning from the streets