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Youth Ministry

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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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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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There is a powerful new advert out from NatWest. I think it has something to do with promoting their social responsibility credentials (I won’t be discussing that here!) However, the video raises some interesting questions about who we are – essentially saying that “we are what we do.” We make choices and decisions, it is......
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The Boost Conference 2016 is happening in London on Tuesday 11th October (9.45am – 4.30pm). The theme for the day is “building emotional and spiritual well-being in children, young people and those who work with them”. I can’t recommend the content of this day highly enough. Top notch speakers on some vital topics. Get there......
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I love the following passage from Eugene Peterson, “The Word Made Flesh“, the whole book is great – I have previously reviewed it, and I recommend it.  The quote below is a response to the constant (it seems) pursuit of the famous, the cool, the uber-hip, the trendy, the beautiful, the eloquent – even in Christian ministry,......
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Imagine, if you would, a river in full flow. You are standing on the grassy bank and gazing at the field and hills on the other side. Looking up and down river, you search for a bridge – there is no bridge that you can see. Swimming is out of the question; the current is......
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When I was a small boy, I used to make cups of tea for my mum. I would pour the water into a cup, add a teabag and stir. And stir, and stir. Not a lot would happen – the teabag would float around in the mug, but I could not see any “teaness” happening.......
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As we approach the end of the year we can sometimes find ourselves in one of three places mentally, spiritually, emotionally . . . they are these (all from personal experience!) :: Excited beyond words.  Yep, absolutely ready for it . . . we have plans and motivation for next year and we can’t wait......
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We thrive best in relationship. We need partners, friends and supporters in life and ministry.  As far as our hope for children and young people growing up with faith is concerned there are three main spaces where they gain that support and encouragement for the journey. Home. School. Church. My graphic below highlights what I......
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