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Discipleship

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I have two daughters, amazing gifts from God.  Hannah is twelve, Ellie is ten (today)!  They are a constant delight (and occasionally, challenge)!  The gift of children though, is not just for me and my wife to enjoy.  Our children have doting grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, godparents etc.  Children are a gift to the community......
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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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“I see you”, this line in the film Avatar refers to more than just “I’m looking in your direction” or, “yeah, yeah I know you are there.”  It is about being fully present, fully aware . . . fully paying attention.  Do we do this in our ministry with children and young people?  Do we......
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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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Get ready for another rip-roaring saga from Luke, one of the greatest story tellers ever! Nope, this is not the latest YA blockbuster – though it is chock full of thrills, danger, laughs and crazy happenings.  Following on from the MEGA “Luke’s Story“, the first book in the “Diary of a Disciple” series from Scripture......
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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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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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Head over to ChristianToday and you will find a helpful article about Holiday Clubs.  Read it and you should feel affirmed if you are still recovering from running a Holiday Club . . . or, it will inspire and motivate you to make one happen.  Read it here. The article from Martin Saunders highlights four......
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