Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

I have written a number of pieces on detached youthwork, most of which are on the archives on my http://www.jamesballantyneyouthworker.wordpress.com site , many top tips, top tens, and pieces on specific issues. But I have never tried to write an A-Z, and do so with the aim of collating a definitive guide to detached youthwork.  So, at the beginning of 2019, I have tried, with … Continue reading Detached youthwork- An A-Z Guide

How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

Oh well at least no one died tonight.  This can often be the mantra at the end of a crazy out work session. But its not setting the bar very high in regard to evaluating or reviewing a session. Duffy Robbins in a piece on Youthwork Magazine 12 years ago wrote a piece on evaluating youth ministry, describing how for some volunteers, a good youth … Continue reading How will we find the good in youth ministry, if we don’t even look for it?

‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

Picture the scene, theres two youth workers chatting together at a conference, and you’re listening in to their conversation, I would put a fair wage on none of these statements being mentioned by either of them: 1. Your sabbatical is coming up, what are you planning to do? 2. I’m off next week for my annually organised cpd to help me on my designated career … Continue reading ‘Are you looking forward to your sabbatical?’ and 19 other unlikely phrases said by youthworkers

When so many youthwork jobs are staying vacant – whats going on?

And i dont just mean the underpaid roles.  I mean good solid, permanent, well paid, interesting roles in creative cities and projects. All going unfilled , all in the last 18 months. Sitaution vacant seems to be common. This has been relayed to me time and time again over the last 4 years since I have been in the North East, but it was also … Continue reading When so many youthwork jobs are staying vacant – whats going on?

‘No ones ever given me Mission training before’; Should mission training be for everyone in church?

No ones ever trained me for Mission before, I have just asked to bring friends to event, or its been assumed i know what to do This was a comment I heard when I was delivering a session of detached youthwork training to a group of volunteers in a church setting a few years ago, and it has stuck with me. This was a person … Continue reading ‘No ones ever given me Mission training before’; Should mission training be for everyone in church?

12 responses to the question; what is youthwork all about?

What would you say the basics in youthwork are? what is it all about even? One of the things that has tormented many a youthworker is to establish what ‘youthwork’ actually constitutes. It may, constitute only as a conversation, being defined by youthworkers in their ongoing practice (this is also a view shared by Kerry Young, though this is not one her more popular concepts … Continue reading 12 responses to the question; what is youthwork all about?

‘You’re on your own pal’; preparing for the aloneness of Christian & Youth Ministry

I started this article thinking about the complexities of working in a parachurch or interdenominational set up, in youthwork, with the funding cut backs there have been, and how all of a sudden it is becoming more and more likely that ministries like this are being run by individuals, where before there were teams of members of staff. Add to that with the type of … Continue reading ‘You’re on your own pal’; preparing for the aloneness of Christian & Youth Ministry

Does the church benefit from youth ministry Gap Year students?

Talking about the very popular, and they are in many shapes and sizes, the Church/youth ministry Gap year. Let me put this out there. I was one of a long line of young people from my church in Market Harborough who participated in the Oasis Trust Frontline Team, Gap Year scheme, which ran for most of the 1990’s and into the 2000’s. It’s 20 years … Continue reading Does the church benefit from youth ministry Gap Year students?

Investing in volunteers is better that employing a professional youthworker

Yesterday i wrote a piece about what a church needs to do, if they were thinking about employing a youthworker as a member of staff within a church, to help with the designated need and work required. However, during today i have realised that this is a luxury that many churches have absolutely no hope of even thinking of, given tight resources and budgets. Having no … Continue reading Investing in volunteers is better that employing a professional youthworker

13 Qualities need for the ideal detached youthwork volunteer

(pic taken from CUF) Often I get asked about what it takes to be a volunteer for the street based detached youthwork, So, what would make for good qualities for being a detached youthwork volunteer? Here are a few pointers from me, with the importance on being ‘ideal’ … The ability to think about what kind of person a young person might want to be … Continue reading 13 Qualities need for the ideal detached youthwork volunteer