I put a ‘thing’ out on twitter a week or so ago, amongst the youth and community work fraternal, ‘ share your top tips on how to survive in youth ministry’ and waited for the responses. I got a few, and i will share them below. But in the course of asking for the feedback, and writing this, I started to think about the reality … Continue reading Is youth ministry just about survival?
Are you the excited & passionate, qualified and experienced youthworker we’re looking for? Being in between jobs for a length of time in Youth Ministry, and also advertising roles within the pages of various sites, has given me the opportunity to read quite a few advertisements, job descriptions and person specifications for youth ministry roles around the UK. A few months ago I penned … Continue reading Is it realistic to ask for passion, experience and qualifications in youth ministry job adverts?
Every week is different in Ministry isnt it? – whether you’re working with young people or adults. I often say that in the management of youth ministry is not dissimilar to trying, and often not always succeeding, to keep a number of plates spinning in the air at the same time. But it neednt be managing an organisation, it is the same for being a … Continue reading Coping with the contrasts in Ministry
Plant, Shaper, Completer finisher, you’ve heard them a 100 times before, but if you havent, Belbin, gathered evidence from a range of teams in businesses and identified 7 key roles (not necessarily performed by 1 person) to make a team work and be effective. Here they are, just for your information: So for a little fun on a friday, instead of thinking about these ones … Continue reading Belbins roles in the Youthwork team meeting
“Each conversation is like a small piece of theatre, and within it we acquire a role” (Wardhaugh 1985) “Theatre happens when someone offers something- word or deed-to another” (Vanhoozer, 2010:43) I have a small confession to make; over the last 3-4 years i have developed a routine when I train detached youthworkers, volunteers or students even, when it comes to thinking about detached youthwork, especially … Continue reading Theatrical Conversations on the streets