Marriott hotels and culture change

This article about Marriott Hotels being aware that Millenials are an entirely different different type of customer, and one that they don’t necessarily attract is fascinating. I love both the awareness … and the experimental response. Have a read
“millennials need to be convinced of the value of a product or an organization through storytelling. Millennials value companies that have a powerful vision and a distinct point of view on the world. They also appreciate it when companies have strong connections to the local community–and they are more impressed by raw entrepreneurial talent than in the mighty displays of wealth and power by big corporations”
Additional: Millenials and New Monasticism, rule of life etc

Mission Shaped Ministry

Great to see a Mission Shaped Ministry course starting in Oxford in September. It’s a course developing discipleship, ministry and engagement with your community.
Who is it for …….
“Those exploring how to being, sustain and grow a fresh expression of church;
Experienced pioneers who want to reflect on what they are doing;
Those wanting to learn qualities of Christian ministry
Christians who want their churches to be more effective in mission;
All denominations, traditions and ages;
Urban, suburban and rural contexts”

More details here

Oxford Centre for Youth Ministry

If you’d like to develop your engagement with young people then you might want to know about the open mornings that CYM in Oxford are running. In their words:
Come to Oxford CYM Open Morning 10.30-12.30am 2nd July or 5th August
We offer practical, faith-based training to suit every one:
* one-off workshops
* short courses
* volunteer training
* gap year programme
* new worker foundational training
* continuing professional development
* post-graduate studies
* bespoke training for your team
Come and find out more and visit our lovely training facilities at CMS House.
10.30am arrivals and coffee and tour
10.45am Oxford CYM presentation – Dr Sam Richards, Director
11.15am discuss your training needs
11.45am Taster training session – Oxford CYM tutors
12.30am depart or stay for lunch in our cafe (please book in advance)
Contact our administrator Lynda Gerrard 01865 787455 or e-mail

Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries

St Andrews North Oxford
Director of Children & Youth Ministries
To develop further our care for children and young people (ages 0-21),
a new and exciting senior leadership position has been created.
Are you the gifted and experienced individual who will
prayerfully develop this aspect of church life on the senior staff team, and
* deliver strategic and inspirational leadership?
* oversee SAYGO (our group for 14-18s)?
* build the teams, and line manage staff?
The post is full time (40 hours) and the remuneration package is between £32,000 – £40,000 (dependent on experience).
Job and Application details

Gigging Schedule

I set myself a target of 24 gigs for this year and so far have fallen behind schedule big time BUT things are picking up. I’ve done 6 gigs so far in 2015 but the Summer and Autumn are looking more promising. The gigs in brackets are Open-Mics I’m going to and hoping to get a slot, the ones not in brackets are definite.
(24th June: Iffley Rd Open Mic)
(28th June: Outside stage Open Mic at Hampstead Norreys)
3rd July: Ace Space Newbury
(22nd July: Open Mic, Twyford)
(29th July: Open Mic, Didcot)
(30th July: Open Mic, Oxford Café Aloha)
(5th August: Open Mic Theale)
6th August: Matts Comedy Club Worthing
17th August: Edinburgh Fringe
18th August: Edinburgh Fringe
4th September: Ace Space Newbury
2nd October: Ace Space Newbury
20th October: The Barge n Barrel Tipton
6th November: Ace Space Newbury
If all of these come off then that puts me to 20 gigs for 2015, so four (or more) to do to hit target. Veni Vidi Risi
Ian Macdonald Funster, Comedian, Compare

Re-booting Christian Comedy

Interesting reflection from Andy Kind, it’s a question I get asked too:
“I get asked a lot if I’m a ‘Christian comedian’. How to respond? If I say yes, I get typecast according to the mental imagery that is conjured of cheesy pseudo-entertainers doing terrible gags about biblical characters. If I say no, people then worry that I’m going to be really rude”