What shall we do with young people when they grow out of messy church? How do we integrate young people into the life of the church? We do really great childrens work, but youths..? These are three of the most common questions that I hear on a regular basis from church leaders and congregations in regard to a church working with young people. I wouldnt … Continue reading Should churches view young people as ministers?
A few weeks ago I penned a piece that began with Peter Oulds assertion that ‘Evangelicals need a better story’ in regard to how situations of LGBT are dealt with, and the piece ended with my own story of growing up evangelical, and the predominant silence on the issue, a silence which meant that as a young person I had no way of assessing the … Continue reading LGBT and the Christian Story (Part 2) – Might drama make for a better evangelical story?
As part of my role with Frontier Youth Trust, and also, my experience of being a youthworker over the last 10 years, one of the common conversations in the many Christian based projects, activities and ministries reverberates around the following kind of statements: We met with _______ person the other day – they would really love to follow Jesus and show signs of being interested … Continue reading Is the most faithful discipleship happening ‘outside’ the church?
One of the dangers, writes Giroux, of modern educational practice set within a global economy that has economic growth as its driving force is that it has involves even more so a ‘narrow pedagogy, memorization, high stakes testing and helping students to find a good fit within a market -orientated culture of commodification, standardization and conformity’ Giroux wasnt writing this that long ago. As a … Continue reading Should Youth Discipleship be regarded as performative pedagogical practice?
The Bishop of Burnley, Rev Philip North has stirred up a few feathers this week. In a sermon at New wine he criticised the church for failing to invest in the poorer areas of the UK, and also highlighted the popular plight of ‘new churches’ to find a suitable place that God was calling them to be that conveniently is near trendy coffee shops and … Continue reading Abandoning the poor isnt new, Youth Ministry has been doing it for 100 years.
So passionate about a cause, this week I felt i had to do something. Do something a bit more. From a distance i had been a member of a political party, posted articles on social media, and paid my monthly fee. And also received countless emails and communications from them. But on Thursday I felt i had to make more of a contribution. I went … Continue reading Get involved in a movement to love the world: join the church?
In the beginning was the empty stage, and the Director was waiting to act The Director spoke and as he spoke, the light became radiant and the earth was filled with life, with colour, with vibrancy The directors own vibrancy radiated in the creativity And as the Director spoke again, Man became The Empty stage was full and perfect. But the Man still had to … Continue reading In the beginning was the empty stage
Maybe its true after all. After all these years, after all the jibes and comments ” oh you’re a youthworker, do you do anything more than play table tennis with kids?” in reality ive not played that many games of table tennis with young people – in fact the last time I did I needed knee surgery. But what is it about play – that … Continue reading Youthwork; Learning to play again
“Suffering is not a particularly popular or attractive strategy for human flourishing. Churches on the look out for effective marketing strategies for Christian discipleship would therefore be advised to look elsewhere” (Vanhoozer 2014) The English term Martyr means Witness, Soren Kirkegaard defines witness as “someone who directly demonstrates the truth of the doctrine he proclaims, directly by partly by being the truth within him, partly … Continue reading Theatrical Martyrdom and the story that goes on…