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I have often been asked about stats related to children’s, youth and family ministry – sometimes they are hard to find or ambiguous, or just er, made up!  So, I have pulled together what I consider to be the most reliable stuff (and these are all based on UK research). Some of these are self......
Lead Yourself – Nobody Else Will. I have been working since 1986.  That is 29 years so far.  The best boss I have ever worked for was a Lt Col. in the army back in the early 90s.  I was an idiot.  This guy, John Powell was his name, picked me up and worked with......
This post is not about the expectations of a 12 year old joining a youth ministry programme.  This post is about our expectations as those leading youth ministry of 12 year olds. What will they do?  What do they know?  Will they hack it after “just” being on the receiving end of children’s ministry? We......
Ethos, Pathos and Logos. We have Aristotle to thank for these.  The art of rhetoric is not new or recent and goes right back to ancient Greece.  The challenge when thinking about these three keys and public speaking is they are all about persuasion.  Bringing people round to a way of thinking or challenging beliefs......
Ever heard that phrase, “mountain top experience”?  I don’t know if it is directly linked to the transfiguration of Jesus (on a mountain) and the experience of those who witnessed it . . . but, there are a few things I have been reflecting on – from that story and also from Jesus’ discussion with......
Look at yourself. Look AT yourself.  Dashing about from place to place doing everything!  You live by the mantra, “if you want something done properly . . . ” and everyone else is “only a volunteer”.  Yes, you are exhausted.  Yes, you don’t remember which group you are preparing a session for – but you......
Normally, at the end of an interview for a job the panel might ask a candidate . . . “do you have any questions for us?”  Take the opportunity, here are my top six questions you MUST ask :: 1.  What is the Vision of the Church for [Children’s Youth and Family Ministry] over the......
I want to ask this question.   Does the Church considers youth, children’s and families workers to be WORTH the salaries that are being set aside to pay them? I love a bit of Sam Smith, in one of his recent songs there are these lyrics, I don’t have money on my mind, money on......