Recently I was in a conversation with someone who was asking about my working experiences (no it wasn’t a job interview), and having talked a little about my experiences in working in a call centre, then making the leap to begin youthwork and theology training, I then mentioned that I have been involved in detached youthwork for the best part of the last 12 years, … Continue reading 10 threats and opportunities for churches as posed by Detached youth work
I am picking on Hartlepool for a reason. It is because it’s where I live. But the question could be asked of Altrincham, Barnet, Chester, Doncaster, Ely, Framlingham, Godmanchester, Harrow, Ilminster or anywhere else in the UK, and its the question we’re scared to ask. For, its far easy to speak in the universal, the general, and label culture, people groups or generations, and use … Continue reading Forget Millenials; Why does barely anyone in Hartlepool go to church?
I am nearly 40 and i still keep going to church. Just. So, I am not a ‘millenial’ that has left, yet I grew up evangelical, and often find myself growing out of love with the church. And I have tried a number of different ones. Some try the intentional youthful approach, trying to stay young and full of students (and this keeps the cycle … Continue reading Millenials dont want a youthful church – they want one that meaningfully performs the gospel
Over the next few weeks I will be reading the following book by Andrew Root, Faith formation in a Secular Age. Andrew is one of the USA’s key thinkers and writers in Youth Ministry. However, it seems as though it has become significant to herald and pronounce what kind of age were are living in, try to understand what it is and then in so doing be … Continue reading Is the church obsessed with working out what ‘age’ we are in, and does it matter for mission anyway?
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Fast forward the hundreds of years since Socrates said this. And the plight of young people has been described as the scourge of the status quo ‘of adult society’ ever since. From Moral Panics when young people had income and didnt … Continue reading Compassion fatigue for the plight of young people? they barely got compassion in the first place…
In the good old days. Sunday schools were brimmed to capacity. The pews were full to over flowing. The church had power. It had influence. The church created youth ministry. And it became full of Baby Boomers! They made it great They had conferences Music Resources Badges T-shirts Media And kept them all going. But in the early 1980s. Young people were found to still … Continue reading Have Millenials Killed Youth Ministry?
I have read, and re-read YFC’s latest research based on the responses of 1001 young people in Scotland, England and Wales (no one from NI) that brings to the attention of those involved in youth ministry a number of insights into the behaviours, actions and beliefs that these 1001 young people have. As I have written previously, we’re in a hot bed of release of … Continue reading Reaching young people with the method of the Gospel (beyond Generation Z)
Millenials dont exist Millenials don’t exist – People do A Generation doesn’t exist – People do The poor doesn’t exist – People do Post-moderns dont exist – People do Generation Y doesnt exist – People do Christendom cant be reacted to – People can Secularism is only grasped at – People are real The lost arent anywhere – we’ve lost them. No one is reached- … Continue reading Millenials dont exist