To see God at work, maybe we have to find him in the likeliest of places?

Missio Dei is a significant concept within Christian Mission, it quite literally means the Mission of God, and it has been written on extensively for best part of the last 50-100 years, as David Bosch writes. It refers to the mission activity of God and how the church as part of Gods creation takes part in Gods mission – and not vice versa. The role of … Continue reading To see God at work, maybe we have to find him in the likeliest of places?

Thinking theologically about youth ministry – does a 3 way Drama help?

Much is made of Stories in youth Ministry. Lets get it out there. Stories communicate a message through appealing to imaginations. We connect with character, with script and with narrative arc. Jesus told stories. Story telling is key in the communication of the Gospel, often stories illuminate when proposition disengages. From a theological and philosophical perspective Paul Ricoeur, the french philosopher, is credited with bringing … Continue reading Thinking theologically about youth ministry – does a 3 way Drama help?

Rethinking learning styles in Youth Ministry; Helping young people have an active faith

In Youth Ministry – How might we use Learning styles?  I know, there has been some talk recently about the validity of learning styles and whether they actually exist and are of value. there are some fascinating thoughts here: http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2017/5/25-1   But for the sake of what might be an interesting read, stick with me on this one. It not that kind of re-think that i am … Continue reading Rethinking learning styles in Youth Ministry; Helping young people have an active faith

Re-dramatizing Christmas

Its that most wonderful time of the year! when Michael Buble sings! When tea towels are in short supply in schools, when donkeys get a winter task, when the story of Jesus’s birth is told and told and told. And acted out with children as narrators, actors and parents gushing, hoping that their precious doesnt forget their lines, and everyone does that cute thing. And the … Continue reading Re-dramatizing Christmas