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

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?

My top 10 reads of 2017 (maybe inspiration for your ‘book’ tokens?)

Recently I was meeting with a colleague who asked me whether I had always been ‘well read’, a question that I hadnt really thought of before. It wasnt something i would have said to myself up until the age of 18 when i read a little academic reading as possible to get through school. But that changed when I started studying and working towards something … Continue reading My top 10 reads of 2017 (maybe inspiration for your ‘book’ tokens?)

Youth Discipleship; What if young people were performers of the gospel?

‘Christian children all must be, Mild, Obedient, Good as He.’ By the time he was 12, the boy Jesus was teaching the religious leaders of his time, questioning their beliefs and slightly defying his parents. Why wouldnt he, after all, he would regularly go to the temple for that festival, so why wouldnt he find a space to announce himself. Mild, Obedient, good? hmm… In … Continue reading Youth Discipleship; What if young people were performers of the gospel?

Youth Ministry; training young people to perform theology (not just learn it)

I was on my way back from the diocesan youth officers (DYO) conference last Wednesday, and I realised I had made a mistake. If I am being kind to myself, it was because I was given 30 minutes to talk about one particular subject ; Evangelism, and in my train of thought I developed thinking on the theological reasoning for contextual ministry with young people, … Continue reading Youth Ministry; training young people to perform theology (not just learn it)

What might Theodrama mean in Youthwork ?

Referring to the work of NT Wright, Bartholomew/Goheen and Kevin Vanhoozer, in Here be Dragons, Passmore asks the question ‘What might all this theatre and theodrama mean in the youthwork context?’  This question raises a number of subquestions, and thats without trying to determine ‘the youthwork context’. The first of which would probably be ‘what is the Theodrama?’ and, secondly, how might this be a helpful … Continue reading What might Theodrama mean in Youthwork ?

The street as the context for theology

So – when are the kids you meet on the streets gonna go to church? Or – its good that you’re out there telling those kids about Jesus. .. Are two of the common phrases used as reposte when I or we (Durham yfc) say we’re doing detached work. To help that audience (of usually evangelical christians) we couch a suitable response in the concept … Continue reading The street as the context for theology