Posts tagged with: youth ministry

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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Don’t be precious about partnership in the gospel. Seriously. God himself is not – at least, not in the ways we might think. Scripture bears this out. In the Old Testament there are some bizarre (maybe to us) partnerships or allegiances with some who were not the right sort to have dealings with – and......
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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 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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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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There are lots of things you can do with your youth or children’s group.  I mean, LOADS of things.  But, do you spend as much time and effort considering what to be? No resource, curriculum, activity, programme, theme or visit will bear as much fruit as being these five things: Be Observant.  What do you......
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After my last blog post I have had more traffic than ever before to my blog page.  I don’t feel able to simply move on and blog about something else. [see “The Key to Church Growth” for what I said]. Getting the focus right as we think about what will grow the church seems too......
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Working with young people is exciting, daunting, challenging . . . full of joy and sometimes frustration!  Working with young people in a rural context – a village or small town in a remote place brings a set of unique challenges AND opportunities. In this training (see the featured image for this post) I will......
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Elijah is a man of extremes.  We see that in His unshakable faith in what God will do and his obedience and calling is taken to the limit on Mt Carmel . . . we see it too in his desperation and his sense of failure, considering himself no better that his ancestors – almost......
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There is a lot to commend in the NYA “A Vision for Youth Work” document . . . and some gaping holes.   First, the commendable stuff :: Young people need a viable local offer – and this needs to be a collaborative effort, with all potential stakeholders (especially young people) drawing up plans and strategy......
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