Is ‘Pioneering’ in danger of becoming an overused buzzword in the church?

It used to be (when i was growing up) that people in churches were told that they were scared of evangelism, for the decade of evangelism, then people were told not to be scared of the Holy Spirit, either during Pentecost or as a backlash from the heady days of the ‘toronto (or whatever it became) blessing’. And as a result there was a reassurance … Continue reading Is ‘Pioneering’ in danger of becoming an overused buzzword in the church?

‘Your strategy’s on fire’- why youthworkers have an STI and its not to do with Sex.

Im not sure the Kings of Leon would have had such a hit with that one. I think Youth Ministers have a Strategic Thinking Inability, and here is why; I meet a lot of youthworkers in a variety of places, what are great at what they are good at, and good especially at the things that they thought that youthwork (and youth ministry) was all … Continue reading ‘Your strategy’s on fire’- why youthworkers have an STI and its not to do with Sex.

With disruptions to them inevitable, Are strategies in youthwork worth the paper they’re written on?

Its not a negative question, but a realistic one; With all the disruptions to a strategy especially in youthwork- is it even worth bothering with one? Is it even possible to develop strategies for ‘industries’ that are so unpredictable, and people orientated? A possible solution is below, but first the case for the prosecution. Why strategies dont work… It can feel like a strategy for … Continue reading With disruptions to them inevitable, Are strategies in youthwork worth the paper they’re written on?

What might a theology of strategy look like?

Last week I posted a lengthy piece on developing strategy within organisations, for those who read it it got many positive reviews and comments, a link to the piece is here   if you want to read that one first  , but please remember to come back… Over the course of thinking about strategy and planning, it occurred to me to ask the question, Might there … Continue reading What might a theology of strategy look like?

7 Steps to a better youthwork strategy

You dont really need to do much research to discover the various business decisions and strategies that have deemed to have failed, as they have lost money, caused the closure of a business or shown to have lacked the foresight required in determining the future. One example of the company Kodak, who spend £millions in the 1970 developing a prototype for the digital camera (delivering … Continue reading 7 Steps to a better youthwork strategy

Can Disruptions be positive in strategic youthwork practices?

Life is like a box of chocolates said the great philosopher Forrest Gump. Is that what might be said about management and strategising in youth work practices? This has much more of a romantic ring to it, than the reality. Next week, weather and travel permitting I am going to be delivering the first of three sessions on the subject of strategic thinking within faith … Continue reading Can Disruptions be positive in strategic youthwork practices?

Does developing group work offer a clue to growing church?

A recurring conversation amongst many people involved in youth ministry and church ministry overall is We get loads of people to come to our toddler group – but very few come to sunday worship or a similar one looks like this Quite a few people enjoy our lunch club, but even though we try, not make come to the special easter services In Youth Ministry, … Continue reading Does developing group work offer a clue to growing church?

Forget growth strategies for church & youth ministry; meet (young) peoples needs.

I am happy to be corrected by this. But I am struggling to remember an occasion in the last few years where a church or youth ministry organisation who has adopted or created a strategy for growth, has included the notion of ‘meeting peoples needs’. I wonder if this has been bypassed somewhat; for the sake of ‘evangelism strategy’, or ‘social action project’ or ‘organisation … Continue reading Forget growth strategies for church & youth ministry; meet (young) peoples needs.

Can Biblical doctrine direct organisation strategy?

We need our organisation to be effective! It needs to be ‘moving forward’ , Stagnation is capitulation! , Growth is good, efficiency is the name of the game, Organisations needs to be outcomes orientated! Does anyone else wince that these get said in places of work, you know the corporate lingo to often mean job cuts, or reschuffles, or changed focus. Its not far off … Continue reading Can Biblical doctrine direct organisation strategy?

Creating a national approach to disciple the high hanging fruit

There was some high hanging fruit on my apple tree this year that was a nightmare to reach. Even more so in that not far from our apple tree a bramble branch and rose branch draped across. So not only were the apples out of reach from me standing on my ladder, there’d be considerable pain trying to get close to them . The low … Continue reading Creating a national approach to disciple the high hanging fruit