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Two voices of vocation

Two stories of two lives in the last few days drew me to think of two voices in our search for our vocation. They reminded me of the importance of knowing and following our true calling. One was of a … Continue reading

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Look back in wonder

30 years ago this week I started my first full-time post as a professional youth worker. 30 years working with young people, mainly teenagers, countless lives who have touched mine and changed me. Sometimes that has been mutual and our … Continue reading

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Zorbing Church

Do you ever ask yourself, ‘What’s this church thing all about?’ After a weekend with little sleep and constant activity I’m exhausted but exhilarated, recovering but rejoicing and while some muscles ache, I’m energised to keep going. Many of you … Continue reading

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Don’t make them a cause, Give them a cause…

So said Joshua Jost at yesterday’s Youth Work Summit and it seemed to crystalise my thinking after a day and a half of seminars and presentations. The summit works on the TED talks format and features many speakers given 10 … Continue reading

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Youth Work – for now or forever?

I was taken a bit by surprise recently when a younger colleague asked me if  I had intended to make youth work a long term career when I first started out it. I had to stop  and think ( it … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry is Listening

If ‘the first duty of love is to listen’ (Paul Tillich) and love is the defining virtue of our faith, then we need to recognise that listening is not only at the heart of good youth ministry but also its … Continue reading

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youth work isn’t working?

I just read an article in Youthwork magazine by Krish Kandiah which started from the premise that youth work isn’t working because the church is still haemorrhaging young people and the best we can do is stick on a bandage and at … Continue reading

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