On the 9th or 10th of April there will be a crunch meeting to work out whether the Matrix conference* has a future. There is a distinct lack of people/organisations with organisational time available and the wherewithall to underwrite the conference or to buy a guaranteed number of places.
This is incredibly frustrating and an outworking of the fact that most Christian youthwork posts are locally funded with no central funding or organisation, and with only some sort of networked support. I’ll be talking to the network of Diocesan Youth Advisers to see if there is anything we can collectively do.
But a question?
Is Matrix important? Are there other get-togethers that bring together employed practitioners in this way?
Is it time to consider an entirely different model?
…… and if the Matrix is important, how do we make it happen?
*IMHO The Matrix conference is/was the BEST and most useful bringing together of employed Christian Youth Workers