Filed under: Political comment
Great Article by Alaina Kleinbeck
" ...... We'd rather pay a person still young enough to take a pitiful salary to run a separate youth ministry than set about the difficult work of engaging the young in the existing life of the church. We'd rather refurbish the basement with hand-me-down couches and ping pong tables than share a welcoming space with everyone. We'd rather send our youth to camp a few hours away than invest in discipleship resources at home."
"Humans tend to think that because they agree or disagree with the idea of a thing, they have realistically encountered the thing itself. Not at all true, says the contemplative. It is necessary to encounter the thing in itself. "Presence" is my word for this encounter, a different way of knowing and touching the moment. It is a much more vulnerable position, and leaves us without a full sense of control, which is why many will not go there"
This article about Marriott Hotels being aware that Millenials are an entirely different different type of customer, and one that they don't necessarily attract is fascinating. I love both the awareness ... and the experimental response. Have a read
"millennials need to be convinced of the value of a product or an organization through storytelling. Millennials value companies that have a powerful vision and a distinct point of view on the world. They also appreciate it when companies have strong connections to the local community--and they are more impressed by raw entrepreneurial talent than in the mighty displays of wealth and power by big corporations"
Additional: Millenials and New Monasticism, rule of life etc
Great to see a Mission Shaped Ministry course starting in Oxford in September. It's a course developing discipleship, ministry and engagement with your community.
Who is it for .......
"Those exploring how to being, sustain and grow a fresh expression of church;
Experienced pioneers who want to reflect on what they are doing;
Those wanting to learn qualities of Christian ministry
Christians who want their churches to be more effective in mission;
All denominations, traditions and ages;
Urban, suburban and rural contexts"
If you'd like to develop your engagement with young people then you might want to know about the open mornings that CYM in Oxford are running. In their words:
Come to Oxford CYM Open Morning 10.30-12.30am 2nd July or 5th August
We offer practical, faith-based training to suit every one:
* one-off workshops
* short courses
* volunteer training
* gap year programme
* new worker foundational training
* continuing professional development
* post-graduate studies
* bespoke training for your team
Come and find out more and visit our lovely training facilities at CMS House.
10.30am arrivals and coffee and tour
10.45am Oxford CYM presentation - Dr Sam Richards, Director
11.15am discuss your training needs
11.45am Taster training session - Oxford CYM tutors
12.30am depart or stay for lunch in our cafe (please book in advance)
Contact our administrator Lynda Gerrard 01865 787455 or e-mail
St Andrews North Oxford
Director of Children & Youth Ministries
To develop further our care for children and young people (ages 0-21),
a new and exciting senior leadership position has been created.
Are you the gifted and experienced individual who will
prayerfully develop this aspect of church life on the senior staff team, and
* deliver strategic and inspirational leadership?
* oversee SAYGO (our group for 14-18s)?
* build the teams, and line manage staff?
The post is full time (40 hours) and the remuneration package is between £32,000 - £40,000 (dependent on experience).