Learning from the Streets

This is a blog site that I have been updating fairly regularly over the last 6 years with articles, resources and ideas on aspects of youth work, theology and mission. 

The aim of this site is to help you, if you’re interested in pioneering, in working with young people, in youthwork specifically or youth ministry, there will probably be an article or reflection on this site that will help you think further about what it is you’re doing. Theres even reflections on reflection itself.. 

Please do have a look around, and use the categories or tags to find articles on subjects or themes that are appropriate to you, some are in the list below

There are articles on a range of subjects, from detached youthwork, conversation, participation, and Theological themes like Mission, church and a whole host relating to Theodrama, a subject that I’ve spent a while reflecting on, and was the theme of my MA thesis. 

Please do share the articles, and use them to inform and reflect on your work with young people. 


  • For all the articles on detached youthwork click here;
  • Articles on managing a youthworker, or management and supervision are here; leadership and management.
  • A number on Discipleship and young people are at this link 
  • Developing Mission is here
  • And if you want to read reflections on Theology do so here, and Theodrama is where you will understand the reason for the ‘stage entrance’ picture above. 
  • Heres where to find a range on Youthwork and Youth ministry  For any other categories or themes, do see the categories or subjects tabs to the right in the menu

 And finally, 

If you would like further assistance, whether its training or lecturing (subjects include, Detached work, mentoring, conversations, introduction to pioneering, participation, history of youthwork, youthwork theory), consultancy, supervision, or someone to lead a seminar or discussion with your affiliation or diocese, then please do contact me via the contact page 

Thank you for reading, sharing or using any of my articles for your work and ministry with young people. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: In January I will be launching a Patreon Site. Which for a very small membership fee per month, you will be able to have the benefits of. There will be some exclusive content (not on here), and the articles will appear sooner, and without advertising. You will also be able to help me to develop my consultancy business and reach goals, including being able to offer training in youth work for a church in the UK for free (for every 150 new members).

The Patreon Site is under construction at the moment. But look out for links to it in the upcoming pieces in the remainder of the year. It will go live from early January. A Preview of the page is here: https://www.patreon.com/preview/7fe77e87f2864f06adc06aa58e6151cd

In the meantime, thank you again for your continued enjoyment of this site, I hope that it remains both useful, thoughtful and slightly provocative. Any ongoing donations of gifts of thanks are greatly appreciated , you can do this by clicking the paypal logo on the right (in the menu) or directly to the bank details in the ‘Please donate here’ page above. It may even be possible to set up a standing order to make regular donations to the paypal or my account, which would obviously help me a great deal.

Thank you for passing by, for reading and sharing any of the articles, I love hearing how I might have inspired conversations and thinking in the challenge of working with young people. 

James Ballantyne