What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

Yeah, I know. That’s what I thought too… The question that literally no one is asking. I’ve got to admit, when it comes to the ‘future’ of, things that are buzzing around, future of the church, future of youth ministry, future of communities, future of society and welfare, they all conjure up radical thinking, deep reflection and an energy.  Practice led passions, practice led prophetic … Continue reading What might the future of..Community/youth work management?..be like after the covid-19 pandemic?

Is it more efficient to give people money at the foodbank – rather than food?

In an age when Neo liberalism has reduced all public services to the sum of their profitable and efficient parts, there could be a case to apply the same logic to the vast, and i mean vast, attempts to solve poverty across the UK. Because – frankly – the burn out rate of foodbanks is going to be soon. And, with many nearing their 5 … Continue reading Is it more efficient to give people money at the foodbank – rather than food?

‘But when did we see you?’ A sermon for poverty Sunday

For those of you who are interested here is a summary of the sermon that I preached this morning at St Aidans Church, Chilton, County Durham, as part of poverty Sunday: (and yes it was a bit longer than 7 minutes) Good morning all, today we are going to look at poverty, and thank you for inviting me to share with you, I hope to … Continue reading ‘But when did we see you?’ A sermon for poverty Sunday

‘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’

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

Abandoning the poor isnt new, Youth Ministry has been doing it for 100 years.

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.