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?
The original title of this piece was going to be ‘The Future of youth ministry..who decides?’ because it was what I was thinking about as I was reflecting on a number of conversations, conferences and meetings that I have been involved in the lot few months. They all seem to go like this: We need to decide on our Aims and objectives and go from … Continue reading Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?
I am pretty sure that I’m not going to be the first person to wade into this discussion. There are a few aspects of why I shy away from the term ‘Youth Ministry’ where I can, but at the same time realise that its the common descriptor for working with young people in christian church contexts, so I do have to use it. But I … Continue reading Is ‘Ministry’ a problem for Youth Ministry?
Theres a bit of a recurring conversation going on in a number of different places at the moment, that is building a conclusion that Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength. On one hand there has been the decimation, or virtual obliteration of funding from local councils (brought about from national government funding reductions, excused by ‘austerity’ as a narrative) towards statutory youth … Continue reading Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?
Whenever there is a question and answer session involving volunteers and developing community based youthwork, this is the one question that is almost certainly guarantee; What do you do with young peoples challenging behaviour? and it is a great question. Behind is often a combination of exasperation at what is going on, as well as a desire that the young people connect and benefit from … Continue reading How might we respond and learn from young peoples challenging behaviour?
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?
This month Youth and Childrens work magazine have produced one of their gems. I caught a copy of it at the Religious resources centre in North Shields yesterday. It is based upon 8 of the serious issues in youth ministry that they suggest that youth leaders and churches are ‘scared to touch’, it felt like a top ten run down of the most embarrassing conversations … Continue reading The White elephants within Youth Ministry.
There can be two perspectives, in regard to how young people are viewed in the church, actually scrap that, maybe theres three. All influence the way in which people in churches develop ministries and so they’re important to reflect on, some more common than others, all impact the ongoing way which young people are treated, and then this impacts upon how they are discipled. The ‘not there yet’ … Continue reading Young people are the saints of the present, not the church of the future.
Johanna Wyn and Rob White say something, i think, quite profound about the views of adolescent development; one that certainly youthworkers in faith based settings, and schools should reflect on, they propose that: a relational concept of youth offers an approach to understanding the social meaning of growing up that can take into account the diverse ways in which young people are constructed through social institutions, … Continue reading Youthwork: the importance of developing young peoples narrative identities
This evening I have been delivering detached youth work training to a group of volunteers in churches in Hartlepool. During the evening, one of the more common exercises i do, is to think about the positives and challenges of detached youth work from our perspective as prospective deliverers of it. The usual aspects emerge, challenges include the weather, unpredictability and lack of control, benefits, meeting … Continue reading 10 reasons why young people might prefer detached youthworkers