Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

Fast on the heels of last week’s piece on the 35 experiences of youthworkers comes this reflection on the superpowers that youthworkers are expected to possess, given the range of questions, reflections and comments about the last piece, it figures that youthworkers are expected to be superheroes? Doesnt it.. well at least they might have to at times possess all or some of the following: … Continue reading Youthworker: Are these your 20 superpowers?

If young people are in church – why after the service we shouldnt ask them; ‘How was school this week?’

Put yourself in the place of a young person for one moment. Its 12pm on a Sunday morning. They have just endured ‘being at church’ with their parents, and awoken out of unconsciousness by the rousing final hymn, or just returned back to the coffee area after being shephered to ‘their groups’ to keep them out of the way. Theyve survived another sunday, almost. Now … Continue reading If young people are in church – why after the service we shouldnt ask them; ‘How was school this week?’

Cultivating young peoples creativity in youth ministry

In a report in the TES newspaper, business leaders have raised significant concerns about the structure of schools, and the prioritising of exams in schools which have little baring on the skills required for the broad and varied world of work: the article is here.  Its as if the sausage machine of the school system is only capable of churning out a distinctly few different types … Continue reading Cultivating young peoples creativity in youth ministry

The Government is right, young people just don’t need youthworkers anymore

Apart from ones that are in contact with youthworkers, know one or have been helped by one – most young people get on fine in life without one. For one thing now, most young people have the internet. And thats where they can message people like Childline if they need to contact someone, or the Samaritans. They can contact services for mental health, eating disorders … Continue reading The Government is right, young people just don’t need youthworkers anymore

When might we tell young people that they can be a Christian and not believe the Bible to be 100% literal truth?

and other such questions. If we have established a faith community for and with young people in our churches, then surely, if this is a safe space, and an open space, then within this there is scope for young people to be given the tools to explore critical questions, rather than wait until they leave the safe space of church – go to university for … Continue reading When might we tell young people that they can be a Christian and not believe the Bible to be 100% literal truth?