Contemplative Youth Ministry

I re-read Contemplative Youth Ministry yesterday as part of a bunch of work I am doing at the moment in the whole arena of Discipleship (a collaborative project through the Department of Mission). I was struck again by what an extraordinary piece of work it is. I can’t believe it is nine years old now, it is a vital, compelling and wise book on how to be with God, how to be with yourself, and how to be with young people (and in fact, anyone).
I find myself convinced you should read this if you find yourself in any of the categories below:
1. You are a Youth leader
2. You have a ministry of ANY kind
3. You are a Christian.

I’m going to be at a conference in May where Mark is speaking, very excited about the chance to be in conversation with him.

Social Media Training for Youth Leaders:

A new course for youth leaders who want to learn about how social media can be used positively.
As a youth leader, you may feel the responsibility for helping keep the children that you work with safe online, but also want to know how they – and you – can use it to its full advantage. In this day course, developed from Raising Children in a Digital Age (Lion Hudson, 2014), internet scare stories and distorted statistics are put into context, clear and sensible guidelines are offered. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your hopes, fears and experiences with others in a similar situation, and study examples of how others have used social media successfully with youth. We’ll discuss understanding privacy, permanency, identity, values and relationships in a digital age (including cyber-bullying)
When: 13th May 10am-5pm
Where: Church House Westminster
Cost: £60 for Church of England delegates, £90 otherwise
Tutor: Bex Lewis. To book: e-mail

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to you. It’s my first day back in the office and my first day back on the blog …. hence the slightly belated greeting.
I’ve had a great break and enjoyed time with family and friends muchly, the artificial fire we bought has actually proved rather wonderful and I have described it in glowing terms elsewhere as ‘literally unreal!” All very Christmassy. I didn’t get to ride my bike as much as I had hope due to the omnipresent rain, but I did get some serious work done on my essay which I enjoyed, it’s not finished yet though *Gulp!* and I need to put in some late-nighters before the deadline.
Every blessing for the New Year
Let the adventure begin