Posts filed under: Church

What follows are my brief thoughts on prayer, which I shared with a classic “three pointer” talk at a Family Service (I’ve not included the myriad illustrations and visual stuff) Practice. Firstly, prayer requires practice – we cannot pray if we do not pray.  That might seem obvious, but we need to have a go......
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Moral Therapeutic Deism could be ruining your youth ministry. There, I’ve just come right out and said it.  Before I unpack how it might be messing with your work with young people, what is it? “MTD” was first mentioned in the book “Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers” (2005).  It was mentioned again,......
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Some years ago I twittered over on Frank Viola’s website (an absolutely cracking place to visit for some great thoughts, reflections and quality books etc) . . . he posted one word “Twitter” and wanted a response . . . . I replied, “All that twitters is not gold” (Ha!) . . . . Well,......
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Ever get stuck? Like, REALLY stuck in ministry. You can’t see how to move forward, where things are going so you coast along on autopilot – delivering talks, planning activities, creating rotas, going to team meetings. It isn’t that you aren’t passionate about what you are doing and the young people you are serving. But......
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The Bible Society have produced another fantastic little video for Christmas. It’s called “The Greatest Journey”, following Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and has the great Dai Woolridge, with his lyrical voice leading us through.  Cleverly, the rhythm and tempo are in the style of “We’re Going on a Bearhunt” . . . Lovely rhymes......
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In the latest issue of Youth and Children’s Work Magazine, the cover title of which is “Back to the drawing board” there are two articles about how we might rethink our work with children and young people.  Despite the “and” in the title of the magazine, these articles are entirely separate and also significantly different......
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I have developed some training in the last few years around the whole area of leadership development – for many of the churches I have resourced over the years, this continues to be an area of challenge! Part of this training touches on delegation which is the focus of this blog post (although, I originally......
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The fable of the three trees is one I have used again and again in children’s ministry.  If you have never come across it have a read of the story [here]. It’s been great for Easter holiday clubs, teaching up to Christmas in junior church and after school mid week activities (I’ve used it a......
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Dear Friends / The Resource Blog Readers! We wanted to write and share with you some exciting developments for us as a family and for the future of The Resource. For the past year we have had a sense that God is calling us on to new things and then, late last year, we found......
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Well, I can hardly believe it but I have an almost 12 year old and a 9 year old . . . I am a dad!  Yes, I know I have been a dad for over a decade now but it still feels like I am new at this. As we approach Fathers Day, I......
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