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We have looked at the need for acceptance, love and guidance – now we see the ministry and life impact of these key values. Young people taking their place as full and active members of the body of Christ – bringing their passion, gifts, drive and vision – or do they? What space do we......
We started with acceptance which prepares the ground for young people to be loved into being – we now come to one of the key tensions and challenges in what the church provides for young people. Guidance. Guidance is a big deal because there are differing understandings of what this looks like. For some churches......
This is a free PDF I have put together for you to pass on as you want – to any young people you think might benefit. Six weekly devotionals, with a final seventh as we hit Easter.  They are based on the beatitudes and come with a prayer and simple reflection / thought for each......
Love. Obvious right? Well, yes – but, in my experience, this is where the rubber hits the road for the Church. It’s hard not to love jazz funk, really great coffee, marmite, repeat viewings of ‘The a Great Escape’ and my lovely wife and daughters (that is not a list in order of importance by......
The first of the four things young people need from the Church is acceptance. We MUST welcome and accept young people as they are; precious, made-in-the-image-of-God, creative, unique and just incredible. Every single one of them. Our welcome makes a difference. Accepting young people is not simply a nod to their existence, but a welcome......
Do you ever feel you can’t see the wood for the trees? I know that is a cliche – but, in ministry the day can never end (there isn’t a straightforward ‘in’ and ‘out’ tray), you can’t look at people’s lives or mission in a community where so few know Jesus and simply say ‘finished’.......
Don’t be precious about partnership in the gospel. Seriously. God himself is not – at least, not in the ways we might think. Scripture bears this out. In the Old Testament there are some bizarre (to us) partnerships or allegiances with some who were not the right sort to have dealings with – and in......
I have sometimes prepared a bible study for young people and – let me be frank here – just not ‘felt it’. Not at all. Usually this comes from doing stuff in my own strength (which is a rubbish plan at the best of times because I am feeble). There was this one time when......