Pecha Kucha

If you’ve not seen this style of Powerpoint (or similar media) before then I highly recommend it. It ‘s the antidote to ‘Death by Powerpoint’ and can produce a really engaging and focused presentation of an idea.
PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
The art of concise presenting: learn more here

Youth Work Summit

I’m just about to book tickets for the Saturday of Youthwork Summit. Myself and one other youth worker will be travelling from Oxfordshire. Is anyone else up for a Roadtrip to the summit? Let me know!
The small print
* Booking in does not necessarily guarantee correct arrival time given the nature of the M25. Travel will be by Skoda. Ian Macdonald enterprises reserves the right to call shotgun on which Radio station we listen to. Coffee stops by request. The picture is for illustration only and does not portray any part of the actual route


Monday morning and piloting the desk ahead on being involved with an interview process at a Church this afternoon. A busy and varied week ahead with the added focus of needing to be all Robinson Crusoe …. and get everything done by Friday as this sees the start of two weeks annual leave (yay).
Focus …………………………………….

A to Z Youth Work ‘J’

J: (non) Judgmental Practice

Non Judgemental practice is one of the key ethics of youth work and goes hand in hand with honesty. It engages with young people for who they are, and where they are.

I love these points of intersection between Youth Ministry and Youth Work, where professional youth work is resonant with the example of Jesus in the gospels. (Given how much of youth work has it’s roots in the Church and its work for social justice, this isn’t surprising)

Musing with Curates

I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours with the curates this week looking at engagement with young people. I based the conversation around two questions:
1. What is the offer that Christianity makes and embodies?
(ensuring that our answer wasn’t comprised of cliches, abstract statements or limited to what Christians believe)
2. How do young people encounter the reality of this?
Proved to be a very stimulating chat, and highlighted how often Christianity is mediated as a propositional belief system.