Thoughts on Liberation Theology Conference 2019; feeling theologically home

I wonder whether you have ever had the feeling of feeling theologically home?  Not being around people where theres a grating or an edge, or where its about justifying a ministry, an outcome, or even, where theology is best left for others, and only a proof reading of scripture is done. Today I felt theologically home. I have felt it before, and regular readers of … Continue reading Thoughts on Liberation Theology Conference 2019; feeling theologically home

Lets get Theological! On making Theology, not models & strategies first in Youth Ministry

You wont read this post. I guarantee you, no one will read this post. Even with a sneaky reference to an Olivia Newton John lyric in the title, you wont read this, because its got Theology in the title as well. I should have put sex, or masturbation, or something witty, clever or clickbaity, but no, in the spirit of honesty this piece is what … Continue reading Lets get Theological! On making Theology, not models & strategies first in Youth Ministry

Where is Jesus in your practice? & 9 other difficult questions to reflect on in Youth Ministry

At the beginning of the week, I wrote probably my most dull, but most important article. No witty banter, ironic title or clickbaity picture. It one reason no one read it. Also it is summer holidays and so no one is really wanting to read a reflection on, well, reflection. In that piece I asked the question ‘‘Where has reflective practice gone in youth Ministry?’ and … Continue reading Where is Jesus in your practice? & 9 other difficult questions to reflect on in Youth Ministry

What makes the Christian Youthworker distinctive?

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?

Are Echo Chambers dangerous for the church & youth ministry?

In Hypernormalisation, Adam Curtis picks up on a theme which has been banded around for the last few years, in relation to social media and perspectives, especially politically. Its that as technology, especially social media, has become very clever, it is now able to carefully select the news, stories and perspectives on the news feeds of Facebook or Twitter that are suitable to the person … Continue reading Are Echo Chambers dangerous for the church & youth ministry?

I wish Jesus spent more time completing funding bids!

  Or for that matter other tasks that seem to pull on the day to day strings of the youth work organisation manager. Like trustee meetings. Or Payroll. Or Policies implementation. Or emails. Or publicity photos, Or liaising with churches and agencies. Or recruiting staff. But Funding bids and finding funding in the youthwork organisation is what ive been doing for what seems ages now, … Continue reading I wish Jesus spent more time completing funding bids!

Freeing the theological Cat

This morning, at the lovely Tea at Hart tea shop in Hartlepool, I began reading for the two year MA which i have just started at St John’s College, Durham. In the study guide on theological refection there is the following story; “When the guru sat down to worship each evening, the ashram cat would get in the way and distract the worshippers. So he … Continue reading Freeing the theological Cat