Is ‘Ministry’ a problem for Youth Ministry?

I am pretty sure that I’m not going to be the first person to wade into this discussion.  There are a few aspects of why I shy away from the term ‘Youth Ministry’ where I can, but at the same time realise that its the common descriptor for working with young people in christian church contexts, so I do have to use it. But I … Continue reading Is ‘Ministry’ a problem for Youth Ministry?

Why its Justice and not justi.c.e thatll give youth ministry a future

Prayer is like a telephone sang the old childrens song, that helps us talk to Jesus, it went on. Whilst the spiritual discipline of prayer, fasting and meditation seemed to be absent for much of my developing faith practice as a young person, the concept of ‘arrow -prayers’ was fairly common. That pray in an emergency type way, when theres a stressful moment going on. I … Continue reading Why its Justice and not justi.c.e thatll give youth ministry a future

Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

For those who keep up with these things, this is the fourth of my posts that is loosely related to ideas that emerge from Andrew Roots book, Faith formation in a secular age’ a book which is going to be discussed and referred to quite a bit over the next year within the corridors of youth ministry brand UK, possibly because we cant in the … Continue reading Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

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?

MTD & 10 other findings about Young People and Religion from ‘Soul Searching’

There were 10 main points in the conclusion to ‘Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual lives of American Teenagers’ by Christian Smith, but the main headline from the book referred to the concept of MTD. Between 2001 and 2005 , the National Study of Youth and Religion in American undertook research into the Spiritual lives of young people aged between 11-17, they conducted interviews, focus groups, … Continue reading MTD & 10 other findings about Young People and Religion from ‘Soul Searching’

Does Youth Ministry suffer from an MTD?

  Sounds painful? And is there any protection? Can the church perform safe youth ministry to prevent it?     Actually, that in a way is half of the problem. Safe youth ministry causes MTDs to occur in young people, signs and symptoms include prayer being used for coping when car parking spaces cant be found, and the belief that being good and moral is … Continue reading Does Youth Ministry suffer from an MTD?