Have a think about this for a moment…. Where is God speaking to you through your youthwork practice? Might it be easy before, or after, but what about through and in midst of it all? This post will look at how God speaks, Biblically, divine action and then what it might mean for God to speak through our practices of youth ministry. For those who … Continue reading In the Drama of your youth Ministry, does God have a speaking part?
‘Conversation is central to our work as informal educators, yet we often undervalue it’ (Jeffs and Smith, Informal education, 2001, p27) I appreciate sometimes that keeping up with my trains of thought is a little on the random scale. I do sometimes think I say the same things over and over again, on other occasions I jump from one serious topic to another without too much … Continue reading In Christian youth ministry – is God conversational?
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
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?
It is a fairly well known story, even to those who didnt have to colour in pictures of sheep during sunday school. The story of the Lost sheep. Jesus, when being complained to by the Pharisees about who he spent time with, told them it, and it goes like this: 3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of … Continue reading Theres nothing comfortable about doing mission with the risk taking God
Its the new academic term, and my guess is that you’re beginning to think about developing new programmes, topics and activities for youth work for the new term. Excited much? probably, tired of the same old ideas and need a spark? possibly. You could pick a resource off the shelf, like every year. However, why not do something different, why not try developing reflective practice … Continue reading Youth Ministry stuck in a rut? try this resource, reflective practice (Part 1)
*boring start of blog alert….I dont listen to alot of Radio 4, although because my car arial is a bit rubbish and Radio 5 is a bit crackly I have started listening to it a bit more and today I was heading to the local supermarket and heard about 3 minutes of a discussion on education. What they said resonated alot with some of the … Continue reading Maintaining Young Peoples Joyful Curiosity
When it comes down to it, language is a powerful tool. How the church, amongst other organisations constructs practices and policies is often due to the implications caused by the descriptive language of people, from disabled people ( people with a disability, thus need ‘special help’ to be ‘able’), people deemed poor, or specifically Young people. In a previous post here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-Np I critique the more common … Continue reading What if young people are viewed as Theologians?
How many times in youth ministry (or even any Ministry) might we either hear this statement, or say it to someone else with a little more hope and assurance than expectation in our tone? You can picture the scene, crowd of young people, all a bit sweaty after playing games for a while. Or it the evening of a Summer Camp, and theyve all had … Continue reading ‘Your talk was great! – im sure the young people got ‘something’ out of it….’
It’s a perennial question in youth work and ministry – how can it be evaluated? Measured or even- shudder – what are it’s measurable outcomes? It’s a question that has been asked of me in a couple of settings recently. Not going to give away the details of where. But behind the question is a frustration that the wider culture of practice makes determinations of … Continue reading How evaluating youth work & ministry might be about performance