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I first wrote some of what follows 4 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, but during those four years how many more children and young people have left the Church?  I am doing this current series of 20 essential books for ministry – they span children’s, youth and adult essentials – because (and this might......
With the season of Lent about to start, I have posted this from my YES e-news (which goes out fairly regularly!) in time to help you with resources, ideas and a whole bunch of stuff between now and Easter.  So, three ideas from me, then a bunch of places to go for great resources .......
In the area of youth ministry, there are a few books which have become essential reading because of the shifts in cultural identity, worldview and – in essence – the understanding that others have about who God is and what the gospel is.  To be blunt, many of those we want to reach with the good......
There are not many books that I would say “you must read this”, but – if you are in any kind of Church ministry, you must read this.  It is the best book on leadership I have ever read.  Honestly.  There are a LOT of books on leadership, many seem to focus on how you and......
It does not seem five minutes since “Spirit Break Out”, the previous album from Worship Central . . . but hey, that’s me getting old.  What is not OLD is the sound, the songs and the sense of the Spirit on this great new album. Kicking off the album, “Ready for You” is a track......
I recently (25th November 2012) gave a seminar at Youth Work the Conference on “Working with Parents”, the session was aimed at equipping youth workers, myself included, to work more effectively with the parents of the young people we work with.  Above is my first slide!  I am going to “post” my way through the......
Young people are staggering – full of potential, engergy, passion . . . and yes, HOPE!  It feels as if we live in desperate times . . . but, MAN alive, we don’t KNOW desperate times . . . We are free to worship, free to speak about Jesus, we generally have pastors, teachers and......
This is a blog on the mindfield that is employing someone to lead childrens, youth, family work in the local church and community.  Across the years I have been supporting, encouraging and working with churches to do this, I have encountered wonderful practice and, er, not so wonderful . . . hence this (slightly tongue in......