So it’s just another Manic Monday! (did I ever tell you I had a big time CRUSH on Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles at one time?) But Monday’s are good and probably less Manic than the weekend for many of us, here’s the splurge to make sure your Monday is a well informed one ………
The Church attendance figures are available and despite an overall decline there are some encouragements to be found such as in work with young people. I’m not sure that the figures for the number of “fresh expressions” is accurate as responses from Churches that I encountered recently could mainly be classified as (and this is still good) innovative outreach.
Social Networking sites will be sweating A LOT and also re-looking at access and security as MySpace have several law suits against them in the U.S of A.
Tax Issues for Youth Ministers may become a BIG issue in the next few months. Up until now the tax office have (largely) allowed Youth Ministers to be provided accommodation without it being a taxable benefit. This has been allowed on the basis as it’s for the ‘better performance of duty’ and in keeping with similar appointments (i.e vicars).
I have recently heard of a challenge made to this by a tax office on the basis that the Youth minister was neither a qualified youthworker or an ordained minister and hence not eligible for this type of housing provision. This could potentially affect a lot of workers and jobs. (If you’ve picked anything up on this let me know).
* Soul Survivor are taking the road to big up the HOPE 2008 initiative.
* Pete Rollins speaking at Bristol CYM on march 15th (I think I’ll be going). Download file
* Walk of Witness are organising a BIG march in London on March 24th to celebrate the end of slavery
And finally ….
I’ve just upgraded to an i-pad and am delighted at how intuitive the user interface is