How do you recognise a lesser spotted youthworker? Theyll be overheard saying these

If you were to gather a whole load of youthworkers together, or over hear them talking in the office or with family and friends, and theres a good chance you might hear some of the following. They are the audible signs that the person is a youthworker. 1. I wish you could get funding for developing purposeful relationships 2. No I don’t get paid just … Continue reading How do you recognise a lesser spotted youthworker? Theyll be overheard saying these

In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

A few weeks ago, there was a bit of a discussion, may be caused by me, on the number of women in youth ministry who have been able to or been involved in publishing theological or theoretical books, and whether Youth Ministry is too American and too male. Whether publishing is the way to influence, or whether there are many many reasons is a piece … Continue reading In Praise of Youth works influential (often invisible) Women

Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

This week, on Monday Theresa May held a conference in downing street with a number of organisations on the back of a rising panic about knife crime in London, but not just London. What this conversation didnt seem to do was start to address the deep seated issues of poverty, cuts and reductions in youth services that have created an environment where these issues have … Continue reading Could the last remaining youth worker, please give the PM a hand with her knife crime problem?

Ideas for future youthwork for the ‘Indoor generation’

I was delivering some training for a group of volunteers just before Christmas, on the subject of developing pioneer youthwork. After talking through a number of theories, processes, ideas and stuff like values. The question was; Well, that’s all very well – but what if the young people are ‘stuck’ inside their house? And so, all the best theories, the best processes, the best methods … Continue reading Ideas for future youthwork for the ‘Indoor generation’

Youthwork is good for young people and society , heres 50 reasons why (#yww18)

Its Friday of National Youth work week and to celebrate all things positive and empowering about youthwork practices in the UK. The NYA have run a campaign on describing youthwork, and the evidence of these can be seen via Twitter here are few of the images, from the twitter feed, to capture some of the sense of what youthwork means to many people involved in … Continue reading Youthwork is good for young people and society , heres 50 reasons why (#yww18)

Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?

Theres a bit of a recurring conversation going on in a number of different places at the moment, that is building a conclusion that Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength. On one hand there has been the decimation, or virtual obliteration of funding from local councils (brought about from national government funding reductions, excused by ‘austerity’ as a narrative) towards statutory youth … Continue reading Youthworkers today arent speaking from a position of strength, in society or the church – but then again have they ever?

Whats the point of youth work?

A pretty easy to answer question- isnt it? However, I was asked to do a 5 minute presentation on this question, and could have probably expanded it to a 150 credit module length of study. I imagine, knowing what the point of youthwork is is worth knowing so we know how to justify it and plead for its continuation. Here is what i think the … Continue reading Whats the point of youth work?

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?

Pioneering cant just be the youthworker/minister, it needs to be a whole church approach.

One of the my most read articles this year was based on Brian Mclarens research and highly circulated piece on why pastors leave the church, building on this, i put together this piece on ‘why do youth workers leave the church’ – a link to this piece is here: http://wp.me/p2Az40-10B.   Brians piece recounts how a Pastor meets head on the culture and organisational structure of a church, … Continue reading Pioneering cant just be the youthworker/minister, it needs to be a whole church approach.

Recognition & recommendation from Australian youthworkers

I was away last week, didnt do any writing, and then went to the Frontier Youth Trust Community gathering over the weekend, so I didnt get chance to reply to a particularly welcome and humbling recommendation for my blog on youthwork, youth ministry and detached youthwork by Aaron Garth at the Ultimate Youthworker Site, and team in Australia. No one writes copious amounts of drivel … Continue reading Recognition & recommendation from Australian youthworkers