7 not-so-Deadly Sins in Youth Ministry

  The film Se7en came out in 1995, I watched it when i was 18, i think, just. Or i may have been nearly 18. And it was pretty graphic and shocking for me at the time. Unlike Trainspotting or Aliens it isn’t a film i have given a re-watch to ever since. If you’ve not seen it, IMDB describes it as “A film about … Continue reading 7 not-so-Deadly Sins in Youth Ministry

A Review of ‘All Joined Up’ , 13 years on – how does it fare?

There are some books in Youth Ministry that are light and fluffy. The 10 tools, or 30 programmes, or 50 innovative ice breaker type books. Some book in youth ministry that talk about a particular type of practice – such as Spirituality and youth Ministry, and others on something like Detached, or Mission or ‘what youth ministry’ should be in an ideal world. A few … Continue reading A Review of ‘All Joined Up’ , 13 years on – how does it fare?

Can Biblical doctrine direct organisation strategy?

We need our organisation to be effective! It needs to be ‘moving forward’ , Stagnation is capitulation! , Growth is good, efficiency is the name of the game, Organisations needs to be outcomes orientated! Does anyone else wince that these get said in places of work, you know the corporate lingo to often mean job cuts, or reschuffles, or changed focus. Its not far off … Continue reading Can Biblical doctrine direct organisation strategy?

Making the Bible Inspiring (not insipid) in Youth Ministry

Have you ever noticed that when it comes to describing the Bible and its uses, there is the tendency to drift into dualist language? So, for instance, someone might say that the Bible needs to be ____________, but not ____________. I use the term Inspiring and not insipid above, which isnt one i have heard, but others in the first column can include Authoritative, Proclaimed, … Continue reading Making the Bible Inspiring (not insipid) in Youth Ministry

Trying to survive after falling off the evangelical cliff

I grew up Evangelical. There I said it. I actually went to a church called __________ Evangelical church. The label was pretty much die-cast into my being from a child. My parents had been to and then escaped brethren roots. So, I was evangelical in identity, but in a way, aside from a continual statement that it meant a ‘belief in the Bible’ it was … Continue reading Trying to survive after falling off the evangelical cliff

Why might the quality of youthworkers decreased in the last 25 years?

There’s been two articles doing the rounds , one in youthwork magazine by Mike Pilavachi, the other, a response to it by Martin Saunders as a response – which is here: http://www.premieryouthwork.com/Read/The-Youthwork-Blog/Has-the-quality-of-youth-workers-decreased?a In the response Martin tries to discern what Mike Pilavachi is on about when he says that the quality of youthworkers has decreased, trying to do so before a barage of critique heads in … Continue reading Why might the quality of youthworkers decreased in the last 25 years?

Youth Ministry: In Praise of the Beards

There is an interactive site that Youthscape are running at the moment, in which people involved in youth ministry are able to design through a basic picture, and then name and describe a person who has greatly influenced them, or their ministry. The link is here: Design your inspiration. Alongside an impressive list of activities, ministry leaders, determined souls and unsung heroes stands the stuck out … Continue reading Youth Ministry: In Praise of the Beards

Discovering Youth Ministrys implicit Theology

“So belief is not some kind of arcane metaphysics, it is performed – much as one would perform a play”(Percy, 2010) Many of the books and articles I’m reading at the moment refer to Missiology and Ecclesiology, not surprising given that this is the title of module I’m currently writing an essay on (in between some distracting posts here) , the reason I say this … Continue reading Discovering Youth Ministrys implicit Theology

Workers into the Harvest

One of my early encounters into the world of professional youthwork training was at an event held at Durham University in 1997, at which some of the great and good of the youth ministry profession; amongst which was at that time a highly innovative and creative session on the role of detached youthwork in youth ministry was held, by Mike Breen, who at that time … Continue reading Workers into the Harvest