Why did Jesus’ practice of telling parables disappear?

I was reading through the passages in Matthews Gospel that tell us a little about the goings on during Holy Week in Jerusalem all those 2000 odd years ago. What I was hoping to was write a piece on something to do with Holy Week. What I noticed instead, was that in the midst of the week, there seemed to be good deal of story … Continue reading Why did Jesus’ practice of telling parables disappear?

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?

Help! Is it possible to be a critical christian and have purposeful faith?

As a four year old, I used to like trying to work out how things worked. Nothing was safe, clocks were a favourite, I’d take the backs of them and then remove the springs pulleys and mechanism. Sometimes I could put them back together, on other occasions there would be a mess of wires and springs on the bedroom floor and no clock possible. I’d … Continue reading Help! Is it possible to be a critical christian and have purposeful faith?

Young people will go elsewhere for rebellion and danger- if faith in our youth groups is tame and safe

Young People need to be more than just participants in institutional faith -(Andrew Root (2017)) Faith Generation needs to enable young people to explore identity and meaning, and engage in acts of faith that generate experience and engagement with God’ (Nick Shepherd, Faith Generation, 2016, p170) By Being creative faith activists and taking liturgy to the streets, the prophetic church today can re-imagine space and time through … Continue reading Young people will go elsewhere for rebellion and danger- if faith in our youth groups is tame and safe

Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

For those who keep up with these things, this is the fourth of my posts that is loosely related to ideas that emerge from Andrew Roots book, Faith formation in a secular age’ a book which is going to be discussed and referred to quite a bit over the next year within the corridors of youth ministry brand UK, possibly because we cant in the … Continue reading Without theology- can youth ministry keep the faith?

Millenials dont want a youthful church – they want one that meaningfully performs the gospel

I am nearly 40 and i still keep going to church. Just. So, I am not a ‘millenial’ that has left, yet I grew up evangelical, and often find myself growing out of love with the church. And I have tried a number of different ones. Some try the intentional youthful approach, trying to stay young and full of students (and this keeps the cycle … Continue reading Millenials dont want a youthful church – they want one that meaningfully performs the gospel

How might we make the time we have with young people count?

In The Hobbit, Gollum asks Bilbo the following riddle, one to answer in order for Bilbo to save himself: This thing all things devour Birds, beasts, trees, flowers Gnaws Iron, bites steel;  Grinds hard stones to meal Slays King, ruins town And beats mountain down It is the fifth riddle of their six, and one that takes the longest to make a response. Spoiler alert, but the … Continue reading How might we make the time we have with young people count?

Where does God act in your youth Ministry?

It sounds a bizarre question doesnt it, after all, youth group may have just finished, it occured in the place of spiritual activity, a church, was led by christian leaders, often involved activities with young people who were keen to be there, and occupied for a short period of time, so its inevitable that God turned up – yeah? Have you ever thought or felt  that … Continue reading Where does God act in your youth Ministry?

Should Youth Discipleship be regarded as performative pedagogical practice?

One of the dangers, writes Giroux, of modern educational practice set within a global economy that has economic growth as its driving force is that it has involves even more so a ‘narrow pedagogy, memorization, high stakes testing and helping students to find a good fit within a market -orientated culture of commodification, standardization and conformity’ Giroux wasnt writing this that long ago. As a … Continue reading Should Youth Discipleship be regarded as performative pedagogical practice?

How might Youth Ministry be evaluated beyond the bums on seats?

‘Then Jesus saith unto them, go to the villages, take nothing, and wait for the man of peace to give you a welcome. Then set up an event for people to come to and count people as they arrive. Then, loadeth photos of the full event to the internet’ It has been an interesting week. Various articles have been circulated that I am going to … Continue reading How might Youth Ministry be evaluated beyond the bums on seats?