Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best…What if ‘love is the way’ in Youth Ministry?

Theres a madness in the air and its all about love, this evening its the remembrance services and commemorations of the one love, Manchester concerts to mark the year since the tragedy at the concert. But its love that caught the imagination on Saturday lunchtime, yes the love between Harry and Meghan, their looks, glances and lip-read comments (thanks ITV for this detail). Though the … Continue reading Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best…What if ‘love is the way’ in Youth Ministry?

Is Mentoring still the ‘silver bullet’ to solve all society’s problems with young people?

There was a time when Mentoring was the deemed to be the silver bullet, the approach and method that would solve the problems that young people were causing society, from the Big Sisters/Brothers schemes in America since the 1900’s to many school and community projects, funded by the US government in the states, to the voluntary and statutory projects here in the UK. Though in … Continue reading Is Mentoring still the ‘silver bullet’ to solve all society’s problems with young people?

If young people are offered a relationship with Jesus – should it be a working one and not ‘just’ personal.

All those who have put on Christ are equipped to play the part. To act out our being in Christ is to practice the new life and new covenant we have in him (Kevin Vanhoozer, 2014, based on 2 Peter 1:8-10) There were many distinguishing elements in the way Jesus ‘discipled’ his 12 disciples, as opposed to the order of the day, the discipleship in … Continue reading If young people are offered a relationship with Jesus – should it be a working one and not ‘just’ personal.

12 responses to the question; what is youthwork all about?

What would you say the basics in youthwork are? what is it all about even? One of the things that has tormented many a youthworker is to establish what ‘youthwork’ actually constitutes. It may, constitute only as a conversation, being defined by youthworkers in their ongoing practice (this is also a view shared by Kerry Young, though this is not one her more popular concepts … Continue reading 12 responses to the question; what is youthwork all about?

10 reasons why young people might prefer detached youthworkers

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

10 things detached youthwork is very good at

In response to the 10 misconceptions about detached youthwork of a few weeks ago, here are 10 things that detached youthwork is very good at: It build relationships with young people that have the added bonus that both parties can walk away. Because the youthworkers go into the space that the young people are in, detached workers dont have to worry about equipment or buildings, … Continue reading 10 things detached youthwork is very good at

Forgetting what we do, remembering who we are- detached youthworkers

One of my reflections from the FDYW conference over the weekend was highlighted a session led by Bernard Davies in which the group were encouraged to critically reflect on an actual story of a piece of detached youthwork practice, provided by one of the group. It was described as a process of ‘socratic dialogue’ in terms of method. What was interesting, was that although many … Continue reading Forgetting what we do, remembering who we are- detached youthworkers