Church; Be thankful that being young and trendy isnt the starting point to developing good youth work

Which is quite a relief. Isnt it. The amount of times I hear, ‘but we’re just a bunch of old people, no young people will relate to us’ – or ‘we’re just too different from them’ or ‘we’re too old’  … And it makes me sometimes want to scream. The fact may well be that unless youv’e been blessed with an eternal youth or maybe … Continue reading Church; Be thankful that being young and trendy isnt the starting point to developing good youth work

A response to: ‘At nearly ___, arent you too old to be relevant to young people?’

The lesser spotted youth worker faces persecution from many angles, sometimes its about the changing job, sometimes its from poor management, or misunderstandings about the role itself. It goes without saying however, that the ‘age’ of the perfect youthworker question comes up frequently, especially when you’re coming up to a certain special age, 50, 40, or for the very youthful trendy church, even 30 might … Continue reading A response to: ‘At nearly ___, arent you too old to be relevant to young people?’

Dreaming of youth ministry that is relevant from the point of interaction

Its time for a rethink in Youth Ministry. Over the past three days I have ended up watching Ken Robinsons seminal TED talk on Education from 2006: The transcript of which is here: https://singjupost.com/schools-kill-creativity-sir-ken-robinson-transcript/  and the 18 minutes of your time are easily accessible on YouTube. The question he poses in this relates to education, but he asks: We have a huge vested interest in it, … Continue reading Dreaming of youth ministry that is relevant from the point of interaction

7 not-so-Deadly Sins in Youth Ministry

  The film Se7en came out in 1995, I watched it when i was 18, i think, just. Or i may have been nearly 18. And it was pretty graphic and shocking for me at the time. Unlike Trainspotting or Aliens it isn’t a film i have given a re-watch to ever since. If you’ve not seen it, IMDB describes it as “A film about … Continue reading 7 not-so-Deadly Sins in Youth Ministry

When did youth ministry decide that the bible was irrelevant?

Well it must have done at some point. Given that it’s barely used or mentioned.  Jesus is, but sometimes even he is taken out of biblical context.  More the ‘jesus of my life’ than the Jesus of trinity, of creation , the author and the redeemer, the biblical one, the revered one through history. Without the Bible who is Jesus? So coming back to the … Continue reading When did youth ministry decide that the bible was irrelevant?

Stopping Culture from eating youth ministry for breakfast

I have been very lucky to have grown up as part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), which constantly engages its younger members to not only learn about their faith, but also to develop attitudes that help them to integrate with wider society through activities such as poppy appeals, charity collections and blood donations; furthermore, they get their youngsters to organise events and deliver … Continue reading Stopping Culture from eating youth ministry for breakfast