Youth Work Summit

Bookings are now open for the Youth Work Summit! (I thought you should know).
This is a really significant event and a really great format that they use. Sadly I cannot make it this year BUT if you can get yourself up to Manchester for May 17th then you should.
Unlimited free coffee plus Youth workers!!!! what could possibly go wrong?

You’ve got an ology!

Phase Green is complete! My next Essay will be entitled “The medium is the message – how true is this for ecclesiology?” Fun, eh. Working on Phase: Yellow (although my particular area of expertise is far better represented by the Orange sector.)
But one step closer to the moment where I’m in a church and can dramatically say, “Ok, nobody panic, clear the chancel …. I am a qualified anesthesiologist ecclesiologist!”
Very open to musings from the blogosphere (that might help), or words that would amuse you if they found their way into the essay (which won’t!)

Youth group Collective

I had an e-mail asking me* to link to the “Youth Group Collective” so I am!
(It’s a resource and idea site, in its early days but looks fun and useful)
Not that I say Yes to all the requests I receive, which may be a mistake as the Million pounds a nice gentleman from Nigeria wants me to have could really drive some youth projects and initiatives

Skeletal Oneness

One off my offspring wanted a Onesie for Christmas … and was duly delighted with the proffered present, a glow in the dark Skeleton onesie no less. This is Christmas day in the grounds of Tintern Abbey. It makes me smile 🙂
As a Brummie, The Abbey itself always makes me smile (or at least the sign), as in:
Brummie 1: Yam seen that Abbey
Brummie 2: Tintern Abbey!
Brummie 1 ar, tis, sez so on the sign
(If you’ve never encountered the Brummie accent then this will not work, just give up trying to decipher it)

Theological dissonance

One of the interesting ways of looking at Church in practice is to observe the theologies that are at work. This is not straightforward as it is not a single entity, but even more there are a number of layers of theology at work. Two of the most interesting are the ‘Espoused Theology’ (what we believe we believe) and the ‘Operant theology’ (what we actually do)
In my world of ministry amongst young people there can be a stark unconscious divergence between these two.
Espoused: Young people are of central importance to this church
Operant: After the service adults do not talk/listen to the young people
A key theological question in so many arenas of church life that we need to enable is ‘why?’
There is a real need to wrestle theologically …. especially where the Operant and Espoused theologies are divergent.

The horizon calls

Ooh, I really want to cycle this road and on up through the mountains, very cool indeed.
I think I might be needing a mountain fix soooooooon (and I’m not skiing this year, doh!)
Captains Log Supplemental: Didn’t find a mountain but a hilly ride in the Berkshire countryside this morning, and walking the dog on the common in a gale seems to have restored some balance.