How do you recognise a lesser spotted youthworker? Theyll be overheard saying these

If you were to gather a whole load of youthworkers together, or over hear them talking in the office or with family and friends, and theres a good chance you might hear some of the following. They are the audible signs that the person is a youthworker. 1. I wish you could get funding for developing purposeful relationships 2. No I don’t get paid just … Continue reading How do you recognise a lesser spotted youthworker? Theyll be overheard saying these

‘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’

Youthwork is good for young people and society , heres 50 reasons why (#yww18)

Its Friday of National Youth work week and to celebrate all things positive and empowering about youthwork practices in the UK. The NYA have run a campaign on describing youthwork, and the evidence of these can be seen via Twitter here are few of the images, from the twitter feed, to capture some of the sense of what youthwork means to many people involved in … Continue reading Youthwork is good for young people and society , heres 50 reasons why (#yww18)

Is the most faithful discipleship happening ‘outside’ the church?

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?

Where does God act in your youth Ministry?

It sounds a bizarre question doesnt it, after all, youth group may have just finished, it occured in the place of spiritual activity, a church, was led by christian leaders, often involved activities with young people who were keen to be there, and occupied for a short period of time, so its inevitable that God turned up – yeah? Have you ever thought or felt  that … Continue reading Where does God act in your youth Ministry?

How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

I cant speak about longevity in Youth Ministry with any great conviction or from experience. The longest I have spent in working for one church in one place is two years. And the longest I have spent working for a parachurch type project is 5 years, and recently 3 years at Durham YFC in which the last year was towards its closure. So, when I … Continue reading How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

Developing Hope Inspiring Relationships

For the best part of the last 6 years, I have had this quotation on my desk. I originally got it when I attended two days training on Mental Health Recovery, run by Perth & Kinross council, and at the time there was alot of free training available. As a detached youthworker, I have always found validity in learning from other disciplines and thinking as … Continue reading Developing Hope Inspiring Relationships

We need to talk about Clergy/Youth worker line management (Part 4) – what to do when it goes wrong

It is easier to talk about the reasons why a line management relationship goes wrong – its more difficult to suggest ways to rectify it! In parts 1-3 of this management series (links below) I identified a number of these factors. Most of them come down to expectations, and these are widely talked about . However, there are other reasons why the relationship may start … Continue reading We need to talk about Clergy/Youth worker line management (Part 4) – what to do when it goes wrong

10 Reasons why young people leave youth groups

Over this weekend I have been leading training with the EQUIP NORTH EAST students on the Unit entitled ‘working with young people’  (for details of the equip course see the above menu.) One of the questions I asked the students on Friday evening was, When you were a young person, what were some of the reasons you kept going to the youth activities that you … Continue reading 10 Reasons why young people leave youth groups

The emotional reality of the exits in Youthwork and Ministry

Sometimes i wonder if the way in which young people are treated we think that they are some kind of alien species. Often it is because various institutions and maybe even youthworkers to justify their own existence and specialism, have created a narrative about young people that gives them special status, using terms like transition, or identity, or others to describe the age group. However, i … Continue reading The emotional reality of the exits in Youthwork and Ministry