Posts filed under: Ministry

If you are thinking about developing some youth work, here are some questions / areas to consider as you make a start! #1. Are there young people in your community / village / town etc?  If the answer to this no or not many, then do not stress too much about what you are doing /......
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“Team work makes the dream work.” Nothing like a cheesy quote to get a blog post started.  Some quotes like this are just cliche or so overused they have lost all meaning and are nothing more than wall art.  However, this one is true. We achieve very little if we have a de-motivated, poorly equipped,......
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Let me say right off that there are more than 3 things to learn from Jesus – but, there are three staggering things we need to pay attention to and learn from in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s account of Jesus “blessing the children”.  Why staggering?  Well, because they are obvious but not focused on, clear......
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The beginning of December 2016 saw the launch of not one, not two, but three research reports – all, in some way, about children’s and youth ministry.  First up, was “Passing On Faith” published by Theos; followed by “Rooted in the Church” from the Church of England; followed by “Losing Heart“, published by Youthscape. Lets......
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A few years ago, Mark Griffiths wrote, “One Generation from Extinction” (published by Monarch, 2009). Although addressing a slightly different question to Nick Shepherd – at it’s heart the book tackles the same theme. Faith generation and transmission. How on earth do we pass on faith? How do we ensure it continues to be passed......
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It is not often I quote a tele-evangelist.  Well, in fact, I don’t think I have ever done it (knowingly) until now. Robert Schuller was the man behind the “Hour of Power” and the Crystal Cathedral – google those if you want to know more.  But, something about this quote of his just gets me, Let......
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Oh. My actual word. Having picked up a copy of The i Paper this morning I was more than a little gobsmacked to discover that an awful, shaming and shallow programme was making a return. “Your Face or Mine?” a throw pack to a pre social media age when, in the original version, contestants would choose......
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We pass on what we love. Obsessed with “Strictly Come Dancing” or the new series of “I’m a Celebrity”? We pass on what we love.  We find it hard to shut up about our passions, however inconsequential they might be to others.  The thing is, there are things far more important to share than our......
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Whether you are running a Light Party, taking your kids to an All Saints Celebration, stocking up on penny sweets (nothing costs a penny anymore) for those door knockers . . . OR, turning out the lights, ducking behind the sofa and waiting until the craziness is over . . . can I suggest you......
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I listened with great interest to the first Reith lecture of this year being delivered by Kwame Anthony Appiah (there are to be another three) – check out the Reith website here for more information about them. My great interest was in what the content of the lecture might be. The subject was “Creed” from......
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