Why practice supervision should be an essential for youth and community work/ministry roles

I sometimes think I just get paid to drink coffee. But I dont. Well, actually I do. Actually I get paid to be a practice supervisor with community and youth practitioners and do this mostly in coffee shops around the north. And sometimes I think i’m the only person that’s doing this, or thankfully working with organisations (or self employed) who also value this. Though … Continue reading Why practice supervision should be an essential for youth and community work/ministry roles

Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

I have written a number of pieces on detached youthwork, most of which are on the archives on my http://www.jamesballantyneyouthworker.wordpress.com site , many top tips, top tens, and pieces on specific issues. But I have never tried to write an A-Z, and do so with the aim of collating a definitive guide to detached youthwork.  So, at the beginning of 2019, I have tried, with … Continue reading Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

8 ways of valuing your youthworker – because, they could be the last your church employs

Lets put a few things into context. The current situation regarding the pay, the training of, and also the sustainability of youthworkers in churches at the moment makes for pretty challenging reading. It is worth noting, positively that churches who employ youthworkers are more likely to have less young people leave, and if anything do increase their sunday attendances, especially if the youthworker is employed … Continue reading 8 ways of valuing your youthworker – because, they could be the last your church employs

When was the last time you had reflective supervision for your youthwork? never? Well if its helpful, start today with the following questions:

The chances are that you’re involved in some kind of work with young people, after all thats what this blog is all about, and most of the people who read this are youthworkers, paid or voluntary in a variety of settings. So, the chances are that you’re involved in this ongoing unpredictable vocational task of trying to educate/support/guide/challenge young people through the purposeful relationship that … Continue reading When was the last time you had reflective supervision for your youthwork? never? Well if its helpful, start today with the following questions:

Guest Post: ‘Youth Leader: you are worth investing in!’

Youth leader, did you know you were worth investing in? In this important post, Andy Wilson from Roll the Rock, discusses the issues that might arise if youth workers are not invested in, and also suggests how there is a pay off from investing a youthworker in how they are able to thrive in developing and connecting with young people.  So much of social media … Continue reading Guest Post: ‘Youth Leader: you are worth investing in!’

How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

I cant speak about longevity in Youth Ministry with any great conviction or from experience. The longest I have spent in working for one church in one place is two years. And the longest I have spent working for a parachurch type project is 5 years, and recently 3 years at Durham YFC in which the last year was towards its closure. So, when I … Continue reading How to last in youth ministry longer than a mobile phone contract

Hints and tips to cope in Youth Ministry- from other professionals!

I am on holiday this week, well technically i am on annual leave from DYFC, because i have got holidays that i havent been able to take this year for one reason or another. Not because of work demands, but more trying to take the time at suitable times during the year. And though the week has been filled with a variety of ‘non’ work … Continue reading Hints and tips to cope in Youth Ministry- from other professionals!

‘You’re on your own pal’; preparing for the aloneness of Christian & Youth Ministry

I started this article thinking about the complexities of working in a parachurch or interdenominational set up, in youthwork, with the funding cut backs there have been, and how all of a sudden it is becoming more and more likely that ministries like this are being run by individuals, where before there were teams of members of staff. Add to that with the type of … Continue reading ‘You’re on your own pal’; preparing for the aloneness of Christian & Youth Ministry

The not so hidden problem of longevity in youth ministry

Imagine the scenario, as a young person you’ve loved the time you’ve been able to spend with your youth leader, they’ve entertained, taken you on residentials, had great conversations, listened to you, developed your talents, pushed you to do things and really been one of the key main influences in your life. It’s been amazing for you to have had a youth leader like them. And what better … Continue reading The not so hidden problem of longevity in youth ministry

Investing in volunteers is better that employing a professional youthworker

Yesterday i wrote a piece about what a church needs to do, if they were thinking about employing a youthworker as a member of staff within a church, to help with the designated need and work required. However, during today i have realised that this is a luxury that many churches have absolutely no hope of even thinking of, given tight resources and budgets. Having no … Continue reading Investing in volunteers is better that employing a professional youthworker