How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

I cant speak about longevity in Youth Ministry with any great conviction or from experience. The longest I have spent in working for one church in one place is two years. And the longest I have spent working for a parachurch type project is 5 years, and recently 3 years at Durham YFC in which the last year was towards its closure. So, when I … Continue reading How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

Does a Youthworker need to be Managed? Reflect on that question just for a moment. As you do, think about why they need to be managed, what about them needs to be managed – and what is ‘management’ at all?  Because one of the most pressing issues, that just does not go away is that of managing youthworkers, and in particularly the role of the line … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy to Youthworker Line-Management (Part 1)

Faithful youth ministry or faithful young people?

“weve got a great youth group thats been going for 40 years now” “our group does amazing things” “we take our group to _________ every year” There is some pride in the reality, activity and even more the longevity of youth ministry, how long the group or activity has lasted, its also notable is the endorsement within the profession of the years service to it, … Continue reading Faithful youth ministry or faithful young people?