Boundary expectations

Here’s the first part of my most recent ‘slant’ for slant 33, click through to get the rest of it and the other slants’ on this or other subjects: (posting here as blog readers and FB friends contributed to the thinking, thank YOU)
What time and expectation boundaries should be non-negotiables for youth pastors
“The creators of Slant 33 have a particular genius, it seems to me, for posting wise but fiendishly difficult questions; questions easy to relate to but difficult to answer.
As I muse and type, I’m thinking of one particular church I nearly worked for, but at the interview, we agreed to disagree on boundaries and requirements.
The church leadership was very clear that each work week should be the normal work week (45 hours, in their book) plus matching the best of their volunteers, at that time a 20-hour commitment. I decided that a church that set the minimum requirement at 65 hours was a dangerous place to be, for my spiritual health and for my family.
The above experience illustrates the difficulty of answering the question. I don’t have a problem with doing a 65-hour week when needed; it is not a clear nonnegotiable. At the same time, a church that expects and demands that every week is nonnegotiable.
The role of youth pastor, it seems to me, exists at an intersection of two contradictory sets of boundary expectations ……. ” continue reading

Is it you?

I have a couple of “I’m looking for someone” type things to flag up and would be grateful if you’d read, digest, network or respond (delete as appropriate)
The first is a Church would are having a weekend away in February and are looking for two people to run a youth programme. It sounds like fun, it’s the weekend of 17th – 19th Feb and I can put you in touch.
The second is a youth project in a village west of Oxford (15 minutes as the crow drives) that is looking for a sessional paid worker two nights a week. Again I can make the link
Thank you

Living Faith Worldwide

This is a day conference happening in Reading on October 15th and is aiming to be ALL AGE in terms of input and audience. The organisers would love YOU to be there and are especially looking for some young people who would like to share their stories of where they are making a difference.
This could be a GREAT day for your youth group to engage with.

Thou Shalt not

I’m back from a couple of days away at a Leadership consultation. My brain is somewhat zonked but it was a brilliantly creative and useful time.
It was a residential event at the centre that is home to Wycliffe Bible Translation, a rather fun place to stay in fact with GOOD food and funky wooden (but modern interior) huts.
One of my favourite things though was the fish pond, and especially the sign:
It would seem that after a hard day battling with Biblical Idiom and wrestling that into a dialectic dynamic equivalent, the translators used to let off steam by throwing each other in the pond. (As least this was the scenario in my mind) before this signage put and end to this post linguistic pond languishing.

Error by invocation

I just got this error message on a website I was attempting to use
I thought it was fabulous in terms of gravitas and lending serious justification to the failure. So inspired am I by this techno poetry that I am thinking of trying to find some freelance work as an error-message author.
Attempts so far (and these as obviously now copyright!)
Error: Incongruent request at nodal intersection
Error: Discombobulatory data alignment input

Open to others though ………..

Sharing Faith

One of the groups that came to the training on Saturday morning were telling me a bit more about the group that they run, a midweek outreach group for 11-14’s. In the course of the chat they were giving examples of the sort of things they have done and I LOVED this particular idea:
All the team wrote one paragraph as a brief story of their journey to and in faith. All of these were then read out and the young people had to guess who was who.
Simple, creative, brilliant …….. and led to some great conversations (I should add that this is also a group that are really great at listening to young people)