Is youth ministry just about survival?

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?

Is it realistic to ask for passion, experience and qualifications in youth ministry job adverts?

  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?

Coping with the contrasts in Ministry

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

Belbins roles in the Youthwork team meeting

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

Theatrical Conversations on the streets

“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