The latest podcast from Youthscape dropped yesterday – with an interview featuring me 🙂 I discuss some of the findings from the salaried workers survey I carried out earlier this year on behalf of the Bishop of Leicester – read the press release [here].
Do give it a listen. I’m hopeful that, across the church (all denominations) we might see some change that enables salaried workers to flourish in ministry for decades – especially as a whopping three quarters of those surveyed said they would stay in salaried children’s, youth or family ministry until retirement if they could.
It’s that . . . “if they could” that the church as a whole needs to grapple with.
Interestingly, what many workers want is stuff that shouldn’t be hard – decent line management, being valued and listened to on a team and having an input to the direction and vision of the church as a whole. Many recognise that youth and children’s ministry isn’t a department or segment of church life and ministry – simply there to run activities for children and young people but an integral part of the whole body of Christ.
Give the podcast a listen.