Does anyone still use that phrase ; its always the 20% of people in churches that seem to do 80% of all the work? It got banded around for quite a while, though I’ve not heard it recently. It was, at best a passive aggressive way of encouraging people who only sat on pews every week to make more contributions in the life of churches. … Continue reading Should discipleship be ‘action’ first?
Safety first. That’s been the watchword of most youth ministry. Buoyed by parental expectation and the fear of losing young people, safety first has become the dominant thing. Research by the Barna group released a few weeks ago showed that the principle expectations that parents put on youthworkers for their young people is conformity and safety, discipleship that looks like participation within the structures of … Continue reading Safety first; the motto of churches turning young people & youth workers away.
At the moment, amongst a few other books, I have been reading ‘The Pastor as Public Theologian’, by Kevin Vanhoozer. Within it, he asks the question: ‘What is the distinctive role of the Pastor’? describing that there is a problem of identity not just for pastors, but all associated with a Christian vocation, such as Youth Ministers, worsh ip leader and so on.I’ll come to his … Continue reading What makes the Christian Youthworker distinctive?
I’ve taken an evening off studying, writing, emailing and thinking to watch the highly acclaimed I Daniel Blake. I kind of had to. for one it’s showing for a few days in Hartlepool and though it’s great to go up to Newcastle to watch decent films (the Hartlepool vue cinema only has 8 screens usually full of blockbuster fodder) tonight it was showing in Hartlepool. In … Continue reading An evening with I, Daniel Blake
Theres been a bit of a pioneering, copying and then adopting cycle in the world of youth ministry, in its relatively short history. In some ways it mirrors what happens when adults in society adopt the fashions, fads and things that young people are the early adopters of. Just a few things that have been harnessed by the mainstream church, that began in various forms … Continue reading Youth Ministry changed the church, now it needs to change the world
As Martin Luther said; “When it comes to faith, what a living, creative, active, powerful thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is some good work to do, rather, before the question is raised, it has done the deed, and keeps on doing it.” Yet, is the immeasurable amount of good that Christians are … Continue reading What if all the christians went on strike?