Tips 4 Christians

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Was laughing at a Twitter series 'Tips 4 Christians' @HollyHints and so clicked 'follow'
This led to an online conversation with the wonderful Andy Kind and I discovered that the 'Tips 4 Christians' material is for a book which is a humorous critique of Christian subculture. It's a participative venture so I have contributed some. See if you can work out which three on the thread are mine!!

Here's a couple of examples from the thread (not mine):


Captains Log Supplemental: Yay, just seen another one of mine has made the cut and been posted.

VW Transporter 6th Incarnation

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Sixty five years of VW Transporters being built on to reveal the Type 6. Visually more of an evolution than a revolution but I like the look (a lot), and I like all the changes, tweaks and developments too ... especially the strides forward in fuel economy.
I especially like the 'Generation 6' special edition which embodies some visual tributes to the Samba which is also pictured in the shot below. Fabulous, REALLY fabulous


If VW would like a 24 year old T4 for their museum archive, and would like me to do a long term test of the new model .... I am willing to do that if it would be helpful!

like an ambered chariot

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"In awe I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an ambered chariot towards the ebon void of infinite space wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang forever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought...I must put a roof on this lavatory"
-- Les Dawson

Youth and the Internet

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Youth and the Internet, a guide for Policy Makers
Report from Barnardos: Here

What we did on our holiday

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Loved this! A remarkable film (somewhat in the stylee of Outnumbered) exploring the unresolved tensions and conflict of adulthood alongside the incisive view that children have on what is really happening. Laugh out loud moments, moving tragedy ... and a messy hope filled message. Fab

(Going to be using this in training stuff I do on participation too)

Youthscape Graduate Volunteer year

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Youthscape are looking for Graduates who would like to volunteer a year and learn and experience a bunch of stuff in return. More details:

youthscape volunteer scheme.pdf

Time Bomb

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Martin Saunders delivers a rallying cry in Christianity magazine:

"As someone who's passionate about youth work, I'm finding it hard to control my temper right now. Across the UK I see youth ministry being de-prioritised by churches seemingly too busy with all those christenings, committee meetings and flower-arranging rotas. I see budgets being slashed, roles being merged or 'deleted', and a church that's gradually losing its connection and relevance to young people. Perhaps most frustratingly, I'm watching as many of the best and brightest in Christian youth work leave the specialism behind and embrace 'grown-up' ministry.

To some extent, who can blame them? The youth work job market has become unstable in the wake of the financial crisis, and even the roles that do still exist are often poorly paid and badly managed. Unlike adult pastoral roles, youth ministry offers almost no viable career path, and asks those workers with families to support them on a pittance. If budgets are cut further, they know they're at highest risk of the chop, while at the same time they're often the least valued and least recognised members of any staff team"

Full article

A to Z Youth Work 'K'

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K: Kinesthetic Learning


Kinesthetic Learning is simply learning by doing.

Ok, so it was quite difficult to come up with a useful 'k' but actually this fits well with 'informal education' and sits as a reminder that youth work is about growth and learning, but the classroom is in life as it is lived, in moments, events and opportunities. The other interesting thing is that 40% of people are kinesthetic learners, double that of people who learn best from listening to teaching

Paid Youth Ministry Internship

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St Leonards in Chesham Bois (Buckinghamshire) have an intern scheme they are keen to publicize, so: StLeonards_InternScheme_2015.pdf

Leadership Wisdom


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Practical theology

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Love it when inarguable Practical Theology is posted .... and especially from the margins

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Feeling Encouraged

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I've had a really great few days which have been high in the Encouragement factor. Two things standing out in particular:

1. I was speaking at an event at Canterbury Cathedral but that's not the cool bit. The really great thing was how well my work on critiquing the Informational approach to faith transmission was received, and more importantly how much appetite there was for the formational approach that we explored.

2. A new youth group that has started in the Diocese. So encouraging that leaders were intuiting some great approaches already, how receptive they were to an incarnational and spiritual approach, that they had a team mentality ... oh and that following our meeting they adjourned to the pub to plan the upcoming sessions in light of our discussions.

#feeling encouraged


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