Detached youthwork stage 1; Observation

Instead of writing a whole load of stuff on observation. I decided to make a film about it instead. See what you think. Yes I need help with the technical bits.. but enjoy none the less… Here it is detached youthwork stage 1 – observation The stages stuff you’ve seen before. And I go into more in detail in Here be Dragons. Anyway. Enjoy. Cringe … Continue reading Detached youthwork stage 1; Observation

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 Evangelical Youth Ministry dream may be over, but is meeting needs innovative?

Every now and again, an article or blog post gets written in the social media world of youth ministry that needs to be both applauded for its honesty and at the same time have a few questions asked of it, or look slightly below the surface. Martin Saunders recent piece on Innovation in Youth Ministry; ‘Innovation: Starting before the idea’, from Youthscape is one such piece. … Continue reading The Evangelical Youth Ministry dream may be over, but is meeting needs innovative?

Receiving community gifts from surprising sources

Theres a story in the Bible about a man named Elijah. He was someone whose life was characterised by some intense low points of self doubt, of questioning, and some high points where he took on those in the country and the king who decreed the worship of an alternative God (Baal). His life is often read through the lens of his faith – to … Continue reading Receiving community gifts from surprising sources

Observation is critical for being faithfully relevent

According to the online dictionary, Observation means the following; 1. an act or instance of noticing or perceiving. 2. an act or instance of regarding attentively or watching. 3  the faculty or habit of observing or noticing. Observation is Key in detached youthwork- or any community work, its part of the beginning, as a way of gathering evidence, knowledge and understand the culture and dynamics … Continue reading Observation is critical for being faithfully relevent

The Emotional reality of Detached youthwork

This evening i was back out on the streets with a new volunteer, you know the type, curious of detached, enthusiastic, keen, so in an attempt to burst the bubble we headed out to have a wander around the main areas of our patch this evening. As an observation session for her, and gave her time to ask questions of what its all about and … Continue reading The Emotional reality of Detached youthwork

Detached youthworkers; being present when no one else is

Levi-Strauss in his book ‘Myth and Meaning’ considers the view that as humans alive on this planet of earth that we, per generation, use less and less of our sensory perceptions. Recalling the story of the ancient tribe who could see the planet Venus on a clear day from a desert, unbelievable nowadays, but not just a myth, but a reality for that tribe who … Continue reading Detached youthworkers; being present when no one else is