Mission and Young People

Had fun yesterday with a great bunch of curates looking at Mission and Young People. The classroom was a converted Chicken Shed (no, it ACTUALLY was) and my Laptop had a hissy fit and refused to do anything unless it got a boot disc. Despite the architectural and technology challenges we covered much ground!
The Powerpoint is here: Mission from the Chicken Shed.pdf
We talked about:
Kenda Creasy Dean and issues around a quest for a passionate Church
Mark Yaconelli and his work on “Contemplative Youth Ministry”
Phil Rankin “Buried Spirituality”
Looking at “Sticky Faith” (Students retaining faith)
Oh and Brian Mclaren: Four Stages in the Spiritual Life
You’ll find all these (and other stuff) via the search box (top right) if you want to find information or links

A Youth Service

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This cartoon from the wonderful Dave Walker (ht to Youth Work) made me smile BUT raises an issue worth exploring. The term “Youth Service” in my experience has a WIDE range of interpretations as summed up by the funny (and at the same time not-funny) cartoon.
So: Humour aside, I wonder whether it would be possible to come up with a simple list of minimum requirements that could be applied (over a range of traditions) as to what constitutes minimum standards, considerations or involvements, to legitimately carry the description, “Youth Service”
So, letting go of biases in terms of worship practice, What would you want the ASA regulations to include?
* Age (specific service) Standards Authority

Amazon

Amazon recommendation for this morning! I guess on-line retailers have me as well pegged as the blog readers 🙂
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Looking at the blog though I’m thinking the book to rule all books would be “Using Sheds and Campers in Youth Ministry; a theological reflection on static and mobile missional relational faith-based youth work”

Follow Jesus

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Liked this article from Newsweek, has a valuable critique of the voice of ‘The Church’ as opposed to the message and example of Jesus. Extract from the full article by Andrew Sullivan below
“I have no concrete idea how Christianity will wrestle free of its current crisis, of its distractions and temptations, and above all its enmeshment with the things of this world. But I do know it won’t happen by even more furious denunciations of others, by focusing on politics rather than prayer, by concerning ourselves with the sex lives and heretical thoughts of others rather than with the constant struggle to liberate ourselves from what keeps us from God. What Jefferson saw in Jesus of Nazareth was utterly compatible with reason and with the future; what Saint Francis trusted in was the simple, terrifying love of God for Creation itself. That never ends.
This Christianity comes not from the head or the gut, but from the soul. It is as meek as it is quietly liberating. It does not seize the moment; it lets it be. It doesn’t seek worldly recognition, or success, and it flees from power and wealth. It is the religion of unachievement. And it is not afraid. In the anxious, crammed lives of our modern twittering souls, in the materialist obsessions we cling to for security in recession, in a world where sectarian extremism threatens to unleash mass destruction, this sheer Christianity, seeking truth without the expectation of resolution, simply living each day doing what we can to fulfill God’s will, is more vital than ever. It may, in fact, be the only spiritual transformation that can in the end transcend the nagging emptiness of our late-capitalist lives, or the cult of distracting contemporaneity, or the threat of apocalyptic war where Jesus once walked”