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?)

Is youth ministry just about survival?

I put a ‘thing’ out on twitter a week or so ago, amongst the youth and community work fraternal, ‘ share your top tips on how to survive in youth ministry’ and waited for the responses. I got a few, and i will share them below. But in the course of asking for the feedback, and writing this, I started to think about the reality … Continue reading Is youth ministry just about survival?

Being aware of the introvert young people in the youth group

Over the last few months, I have made a starting discovery about myself. I am 41, and I have started to acknowledge, embrace and identify as being more of an introvert. Most of you who know me well might have known this a while, it’s like that classic scene in the film pride when one of the characters has been thought of as being gay … Continue reading Being aware of the introvert young people in the youth group

Is UK youth ministry too American, and too male?

I read with interest that Tim Gough, from the award winning youthwork hacks blog has listed his 11 most essential youth ministry books, from a collection of 113 in his study. The list is here, 11 essential youth ministry books What strikes me, though it’s not a surprise, is quite how influential American Christianity and youth ministry has on this list. Theres at lest 5 … Continue reading Is UK youth ministry too American, and too male?

Is the problem of absent young people taken seriously enough by churches? (enough, even to read a book?)

If only there were lots of books to read that congregations and churches could read to help them think through the pressing issue of trying to attract, trying to keep, and trying to disciple young people in churches. If only there were just so many, that there would be an exhaustion of so many to choose from. But faced with the task, no, faced with … Continue reading Is the problem of absent young people taken seriously enough by churches? (enough, even to read a book?)

Can youth ministry and youth work really be all joined up?

An article has just been published in Youth and Policy in which Andy du Feu from Moorlands college asks whether there needs to be a larger table for youth work and youth ministry could sit and converse together in dialogue. It is an interesting piece and builds on Allan Clynes article in 2015 on the professional narrative in youth ministry. To read Andys piece have … Continue reading Can youth ministry and youth work really be all joined up?

Does Youth ministry need to stop trying to be innovative?

What do churches mean when the job advert says ‘pioneering & creative’ – has someone before ran out of ideas? – and its a new idea that is always required? My previous post exposed the frequency in which youth ministry adverts require someone to have innovation and creativity within their personality and skill set. It has been quite a well read piece, with a number … Continue reading Does Youth ministry need to stop trying to be innovative?

Is it realistic to ask for passion, experience and qualifications in youth ministry job adverts?

  Are you the excited & passionate, qualified and experienced youthworker we’re looking for? Being in between jobs for a length of time in Youth Ministry, and also advertising roles within the pages of various sites,  has given me the opportunity to read quite a few advertisements, job descriptions and person specifications for youth ministry roles around the UK. A few months ago I penned … Continue reading Is it realistic to ask for passion, experience and qualifications in youth ministry job adverts?

Is ‘Ministry’ a problem for Youth Ministry?

I am pretty sure that I’m not going to be the first person to wade into this discussion.  There are a few aspects of why I shy away from the term ‘Youth Ministry’ where I can, but at the same time realise that its the common descriptor for working with young people in christian church contexts, so I do have to use it. But I … Continue reading Is ‘Ministry’ a problem for Youth Ministry?

Could churches encourage young people to become a movement of local community activists?

When it comes to planning and developing a curriculum for a group of young people in a faith based setting – why is that creating opportunities for them to participate in some kind of local social community activism is more than often outside of a default mentality? its not for you? , well at least it felt like it was for me… I remember when … Continue reading Could churches encourage young people to become a movement of local community activists?