Youth workers take heart – you’re trying to do the (almost) impossible!

Over the last few weeks my Son and I, have been playing a game – I have also used in leadership sessions on strategy that I have facilitated as part of my role for Frontier Youth Trust. The game is called ‘Forbidden Island’  and it involves setting up the pieces iin a formation, to form an island, and then using each others abilities, and the … Continue reading Youth workers take heart – you’re trying to do the (almost) impossible!

Bullying happens in churches, and its another reason why youthworkers leave.

‘Are you sure, after all, Christians are all, well, nice- arent they?’  ‘that sort of thing couldnt happen in a church.. could it?’  Last week I wrote a piece on ‘Why do Youthworkers leave churches’, which got a bit of a reaction.  The Key factors in the process of when somebody leaves a role in a church, and in reality, in any form of work, … Continue reading Bullying happens in churches, and its another reason why youthworkers leave.

Youthworkers in churches just need to toughen up and get on with it

They go on dont they? Those whiny youth workers always complaining about how bad life treats them. The old saying that youth workers wouldnt actually change the lightbulb as theyd be too content to write papers about coping in the darkness is pretty accurate. Especially those in churches. Even those that say ‘how amazing’ youth ministry is are probably lying, or not employed by a church. Its … Continue reading Youthworkers in churches just need to toughen up and get on with it

Helping young people just cope isn’t enough..

I was recently in a conversation with a youthwork professional who was describing a situation where they had given young people in a church the opportunity to share their issues about life,  questions they had and to use these to plan the future direction of their group in terms of activities.  Amongst other things, such as bullying, eating disorders and pressure to conform,  the worker … Continue reading Helping young people just cope isn’t enough..