If Humans are good; That means young people are too

This is the second of my blogs based upon Rutger Bregmans book Humankind: A hopeful History (2020) a book that is about to be 2nd top selling in the charts this week, in its release. My previous one is here   and its on the unsurprising reality of Human kindness during crisis. As a signpost, Ill look at leadership, power and character in the next piece, but, I … Continue reading If Humans are good; That means young people are too

Its 2030: How might the church reach Generation C?

In this unprecedented time, I thought it might be an opportunity to do a little forward planning, especially for those of us involved in christian mission, youth ministry and church. We need to start making preparations for the state of youth ministry in 10 years time, where there will be an emergence of a new generation, from Baby Boomer, Generation X, Y, Millenial and Generation … Continue reading Its 2030: How might the church reach Generation C?

Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?

The original title of this piece was going to be ‘The Future of youth ministry..who decides?’  because it was what I was thinking about as I was reflecting on a number of conversations, conferences and meetings that I have been involved in the lot few months. They all seem to go like this: We need to decide on our Aims and objectives and go from … Continue reading Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?

What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?

I thought I’d imagine a parent writing a letter to the local vicar about the newly published book ‘Under Construction’ (2019) by Neil O Boyle, national director YFC, its a brand new book, and a number of young people might be about to read it. Dear Reverend/Pastor, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, you may not know me, but I am … Continue reading What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?

Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn

Mental Health and Young People in the Church If you were to send a message to your younger self to reassure or encourage them or even to tell them something that you think they need to know: what would you say? I start my training with this question because it’s important to look back at the way life was when we were a young person … Continue reading Mental Health and Young people in the Church – Guest Post by Jenni Osborn

6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

It never really surprises me how often when churches, (and when i mean churches i mean, clergy & some interested congregation members) think about working with young people, that a number of fairly common defaults are evident. In this post I want to share some of these, not because they are wrong necessarily, but it might be that you if you’re reading this didn’t realise … Continue reading 6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)

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.

Can detached youthwork be ‘asset based’ and develop young peoples gifts?

We’ll not speak to those young people – they’ve not got alcohol on them They appear to be ok, we’ll leave them alone I doubt if its them who are causing the anti social behaviour calls These are all phrases I have used on detached youthwork. Its that thing where you go out, of an evening, to try and talk with young people on the … Continue reading Can detached youthwork be ‘asset based’ and develop young peoples gifts?

‘To solve the church and society’s problems; we just need to get those feral young people into church’

Or at least, that’s what we want to pay a youth worker to do. Harsh? Or deep down is this what churches are really thinking? Twice in the last year I have heard the word ‘feral’ used to describe groups of young people. As many times more have I heard that getting young people into church is the only answer to solving their problems. Forgive … Continue reading ‘To solve the church and society’s problems; we just need to get those feral young people into church’

How has austerity left struggling young people behind? A teacher speaks out:

In between the all- consuming story of Brexit on the main news over the last few weeks, the BBC ran a story a few weeks ago on the challenges that young people who display challenging behaviour, or who have diagnosed conditions have in school. More to the point the piece focused on the isolation procedures and in the same week the guardian did a piece … Continue reading How has austerity left struggling young people behind? A teacher speaks out: