Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

Full of Character (2019) – A review Although there may not be a rush to get book reviews out into the public space, this book is still only just released and is 2019, writing this review has felt as though it has been on my ‘to do’ list for over 4 months. I read it when i was relaxing and basking in the sun in … Continue reading Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?

‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

How many times have you said that in the last 40 years? (As a youth/community worker) Not a relationship that had to make something else happen to justify the relationship, not a relationship where the young person ‘changed’, not a relationship in which entire decades of social harm, psychological damage caused by other relationship was solved in 4 months -type of relationship. Not a relationship … Continue reading ‘In an ideal world you could just get funding for building relationships with young people’

In church attendance statistics; should there be an ‘away goals count double rule? ‘

Not for the first time I find myself pondering a football and faith crossover piece. In the past I have written about a youth worker transfer deadline day, and also thinking about the theatre of football as a performance. This time I’m heading to the slightly sensitive area of church attendance and growth statistics. But first, a reminder, for those of you who aren’t sport … Continue reading In church attendance statistics; should there be an ‘away goals count double rule? ‘

The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

My school is run like a business, and it sucks So said the young person as they were talking to me a few weeks ago. So said the same young person who said that they told this to a teacher in the proceeding few weeks. This one sentence and phrase has brought to light a number of questions regarding the state of young people in … Continue reading The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

Youth workers take heart – you’re trying to do the (almost) impossible!

Over the last few weeks my Son and I, have been playing a game – I have also used in leadership sessions on strategy that I have facilitated as part of my role for Frontier Youth Trust. The game is called ‘Forbidden Island’  and it involves setting up the pieces iin a formation, to form an island, and then using each others abilities, and the … Continue reading Youth workers take heart – you’re trying to do the (almost) impossible!

Why outcomes in youth ministry exclude the poor

Yesterday i wrote a lengthy piece on why it isnt new that the church has abandoned the poor, because youth ministry has struggled with working with young people deemed ‘underclass’ , ‘poor’ or disruptive/challenging, ever since the dawn of Sunday schools. Youth Ministry’s struggle to work with the poor Since writing it i wondered if there was a simpler way of describing the issue. And there … Continue reading Why outcomes in youth ministry exclude the poor