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"

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A to Z Youth Work 'K'

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K: Kinesthetic Learning

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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

Inequality and Injustice

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Tough thorough thought

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"Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though"

ht to @iowahawkblog

For the Bible tells me so

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This film is the moving and powerful stories of gay and lesbian people and their families against the backdrop of the hard line condemnation by sectors of the church. I am so glad I got to see this, it made me cry ... and at one point it made me laugh too. Extraordinary human stories of love, courage and heartbreak .... as well as bringing into sharp focus the dangerous inconsistency with which Scripture can be used.

It's available on Netflix or on Youtube

Loved being at the Gathering in Canterbury and enjoyed an event that had a real mix of stuff to be part of .... and in a grand setting. I liked the fact that the organisers were happy to use one of my tongue-in-cheek bios in the programme too!

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There was great engagement with the 'stuff' I was sharing and the seminar seemed to connect with questions and experience. There were several requests for the Powerpoint, so there is a PDF to download: Canterbury Discipleship and Young People.pdf

The book that I quoted was by Mark Yaconelli, 'Contemplative Youth Ministry'

Comedic Caper

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I was down at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday taking part in their 'Gathering' Event. I was primarily there to lead some work on discipleship, young people and journeying together but there was also a Cafe (the Light Zone) is the Chapter House with a stage and a microphone ... and a programme of 10 minutes slots from across the arts.
Absolute joy to catch the Stand up work of Vicar Ravi Holy ... and then get to do 10 minutes myself.

The venue looked like it would be hard work but there was some good engagement and laughter. Loved it! I will resist the temptation to EVER say, "Oh yeah, when I was doing a gig at Canterbury Cathedral!" *laughing* "pretentious, ... Moi?"

(Also got to chat to Youth Work Legend and inspiration, Pip Wilson, Yay)

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