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17 years old but they’re still children

It’s unusual for me to be suggesting that young people should be treated like children. My youth work practice is normally built around advocating for and giving greater responsibility to young people, on enabling participation in decision-making and empowering young … 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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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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When good strategy is not enough

My Diocesan bishop likes to quote ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’ (Peter Drucker) and it’s a helpful thought to ponder and one that I am only just beginning to understand as I wonder how to change the culture of our … 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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Becoming Christian…

“When did you become a Christian?” How often have you been asked that or heard the question, “How many young people became Christians tonight?” We so easily talk as if becoming Christian is a one off event, an instant transformation … Continue reading

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