The curtain torn, like never before

‘At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened.’ (Matthew 27:51) At that moment the curtain was torn, in two, from top to bottom. For so long the desire for the curtain to be torn open has been from bottom to top. The challenge upwards. But … Continue reading The curtain torn, like never before

20 alternative commandments for zoom worship services

After the proliferation and emergence of zoom worship services this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to issue a set of guidelines for anyone who attends a zoom church service for the first time, just so that these service are appropriately respected for all. PDA (public displays of affection) is particularly awkward if you dont appear on the same screen, and the vicar can … Continue reading 20 alternative commandments for zoom worship services

10 things you’re unlikely to see in Christian youthwork.

This almost feels a bit like the endgame on mock the week, when ‘unlikely things you’ll see…or hear’ is the opening strapping for which then the comedians are then tasked with completing. Today I was chatting to a few youthworkers about a youth work project that had a very similar name to another, and had used a bible verse number as their name. You know … Continue reading 10 things you’re unlikely to see in Christian youthwork.

Why Evensong vs Guitars misses the point, in regard to young people and church.

How much is relevancy the reason why young people attend church? If its about relevancy – then what does this say about what we think about young people? just carried along by a crest of a wave, but what If, and I realise only readers of a certain age will get this , that young people are thinking, ‘So you have a guitar band- that … Continue reading Why Evensong vs Guitars misses the point, in regard to young people and church.

Is it time to say goodbye to the ‘gathering of young people’ worship style event?

I had tried to put off thinking about it all day, all week in fact, it was something that i wasnt that looking forward to being involved in. But, and this part stays anonymous, i was asked to go along to a 2 monthly youth-worship event in one of the local churches in the town, and maybe have a conversation with some young people afterwards. … Continue reading Is it time to say goodbye to the ‘gathering of young people’ worship style event?

What might the end of Soul Survivor mean for UK youth ministry?

In case you’re not in the evangelical youth ministry bubble, an announcement was made on Friday that in 2019, that summers youth worship festival by Soul Survivor will be it’s last. The announcement is here http://thechurchsofa.co.uk/2018/05/soul-survivor-good-bye/ Opinions vary about how significant Soul Survivor has been over its 27 year run of summer festivals, as well as the many monthly and weekly services, and all the … Continue reading What might the end of Soul Survivor mean for UK youth ministry?

Losing my (youthful) religion, what if the drums dont work?

There are signs of a shift in how young people are participating in faith practices,  that I am not sure 50 years of contemporary worship in Christianity and its influence in youth ministry will be able to shift from.  (and to). In short, Youth Ministry in the UK has tended to have a gravitational pull towards gatherings of charismatic worship. Concert in style. But…. Whisper … Continue reading Losing my (youthful) religion, what if the drums dont work?

Will a church’s local prophetic songs shape a revolution?

It has surprised me a little that I have written so much this week in relation to songs and sung worship. It probably not been as surprising to me to realise the reaction. From tweets, comments and questions, something hit a nerve when i suggested in this article: http://wp.me/p2Az40-G8, that in regard to the Mission of God that the church partakes in, in loving its local … Continue reading Will a church’s local prophetic songs shape a revolution?