Svensk teologidiskussion

Such a great time on Friday with a group of Youth Ministers, Chaplains and Priests from Sweden talking about Theology and Youth Ministry.
I know some took my blog address so if that’s you, Hej!
The books that we talked about were:
Buried Spirituality by Phil Rankin (no longer available but I can let you have the text)
Contemplative Youth Ministry by Mark Yaconelli
The Soul of Adolescence by Patricia Lyons
The Powerpoint does not contain an enormous amount of info BUT here it is:
Youth Ministry, Discipleship and Teologi.pdf
Most stuff is soemwhere on this site via the SEARCH or drop me an e-mail

Tips 4 Christians

Was laughing at a Twitter series ‘Tips 4 Christians’ @HollyHints and so clicked ‘follow’
This led to an online conversation with the wonderful Andy Kind and I discovered that the ‘Tips 4 Christians’ material is for a book which is a humorous critique of Christian subculture. It’s a participative venture so I have contributed some. See if you can work out which three on the thread are mine!!
Here’s a couple of examples from the thread (not mine):
Captains Log Supplemental: Yay, just seen another one of mine has made the cut and been posted.

VW Transporter 6th Incarnation

Sixty five years of VW Transporters being built on to reveal the Type 6. Visually more of an evolution than a revolution but I like the look (a lot), and I like all the changes, tweaks and developments too … especially the strides forward in fuel economy.
I especially like the ‘Generation 6’ special edition which embodies some visual tributes to the Samba which is also pictured in the shot below. Fabulous, REALLY fabulous
If VW would like a 24 year old T4 for their museum archive, and would like me to do a long term test of the new model …. I am willing to do that if it would be helpful!

like an ambered chariot

“In awe I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an ambered chariot towards the ebon void of infinite space wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang forever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought…I must put a roof on this lavatory”
— Les Dawson

What we did on our holiday

Loved this! A remarkable film (somewhat in the stylee of Outnumbered) exploring the unresolved tensions and conflict of adulthood alongside the incisive view that children have on what is really happening. Laugh out loud moments, moving tragedy … and a messy hope filled message. Fab
(Going to be using this in training stuff I do on participation too)

Time Bomb

Martin Saunders delivers a rallying cry in Christianity magazine:
“As someone who’s passionate about youth work, I’m finding it hard to control my temper right now. Across the UK I see youth ministry being de-prioritised by churches seemingly too busy with all those christenings, committee meetings and flower-arranging rotas. I see budgets being slashed, roles being merged or ‘deleted’, and a church that’s gradually losing its connection and relevance to young people. Perhaps most frustratingly, I’m watching as many of the best and brightest in Christian youth work leave the specialism behind and embrace ‘grown-up’ ministry.
To some extent, who can blame them? The youth work job market has become unstable in the wake of the financial crisis, and even the roles that do still exist are often poorly paid and badly managed. Unlike adult pastoral roles, youth ministry offers almost no viable career path, and asks those workers with families to support them on a pittance. If budgets are cut further, they know they’re at highest risk of the chop, while at the same time they’re often the least valued and least recognised members of any staff team”

Full article

A to Z Youth Work ‘K’

K: Kinesthetic Learning

Kinesthetic Learning is simply learning by doing.

Ok, so it was quite difficult to come up with a useful ‘k’ but actually this fits well with ‘informal education’ and sits as a reminder that youth work is about growth and learning, but the classroom is in life as it is lived, in moments, events and opportunities. The other interesting thing is that 40% of people are kinesthetic learners, double that of people who learn best from listening to teaching