I thought I’d imagine a parent writing a letter to the local vicar about the newly published book ‘Under Construction’ (2019) by Neil O Boyle, national director YFC, its a brand new book, and a number of young people might be about to read it. Dear Reverend/Pastor, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, you may not know me, but I am … Continue reading What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?
If only there were lots of books to read that congregations and churches could read to help them think through the pressing issue of trying to attract, trying to keep, and trying to disciple young people in churches. If only there were just so many, that there would be an exhaustion of so many to choose from. But faced with the task, no, faced with … Continue reading Is the problem of absent young people taken seriously enough by churches? (enough, even to read a book?)
Research in youth Ministry over the last few months is painting a varied picture. Many Youth organisations are saying that less than 5% of young people are in regular contact with a church, fewer than that might be regular ‘church goers’,, this is Scripture Unions thing at the moment , but others have aluded to similar. These surveys are great as they play into the … Continue reading Why is attending church the be-all in youth discipleship research?
I have read, and re-read YFC’s latest research based on the responses of 1001 young people in Scotland, England and Wales (no one from NI) that brings to the attention of those involved in youth ministry a number of insights into the behaviours, actions and beliefs that these 1001 young people have. As I have written previously, we’re in a hot bed of release of … Continue reading Reaching young people with the method of the Gospel (beyond Generation Z)
A few years ago, i got started in the cycling bug. Before the Olympics and Sir Bradley, a few years before. To the extent when I actually started buying a monthly magazine. Mostly for a free pair of cycling glasses for the subscription, but hey, not bad. Still got the glasses now as it happens. Until one day I was talking about it to another … Continue reading Has Youth Ministry hit ‘peak’ research on Youth Culture?
Finally – someone has bothered to do some actual research! The Fuller Institute have just published some initial findings from a 4 year study into what goes on in churches that young people, young adults, like to go to, and which ones have engaged them. I have copied the whole summary from the webpage, as it is isnt long- as it is worth reading in … Continue reading Questions and response to: “what young people want in a church?”
This morning i was out for a ride, second one in three days, the second one around a different part of the North East, on Sunday it was more south county Durham/Teeside, today more East Coastal Durham, South wearside and then north Durham. It struck me just how diverse each of the villages were. It struck me too how many churches i went past that … Continue reading Does any kind of regional strategy actually work for (christian) Youth work?