Youth Work role Newbury

Newbury YMCA are looking to recruit a new worker
Closing date 21st May. Details here

“We are looking for a Youth Worker with the experience, skills and enthusiasm to lead our established projects with Young People in Newbury. This includes two weekly youth cafes (which include “Faith Space” sessions), sports coaching and schools work.  We see more than 100 young people each week, so being able to build rapport and positive relationships with young people from a variety of backgrounds is key.

You will have the scope to develop new projects and take the work in new directions, depending on your interests, which might be sport, music or something else! You will need the ability to work collaboratively with other voluntary organisations, schools and churches”

Youth Minister Shortage

I was helping a Church interview for a new Youth Minister recently.  As is increasingly common at the moment, the numbers of applicants is lower, and there are a greater number of inexperienced applicants, many who have not had the privilege of professional training.
This is the result of a ‘perfect storm’ given that due to the absence of funding courses such as those run by CYM and Oasis have all but gone, and that Ministry Division has been actively looking for younger Ordinands which has seen large numbers of youth, family and children’s minsters heading to the Vicar Factories.

In Oxford we are working hard at developing Induction training for those in their first posts, and looking to partner organisations who can help offer training and accompaniment.  This only helps those who find themselves in a post. We need to do more to ‘grow’ those with the heart and gifts to work with and among young people.

Ideas Alchemy


A former colleague Ben Mizen has worked with us twice recently bringing some fantastic process work in the shape of ‘Lego Serious Play’
So impressed with the extraordinary power of this process (and Ben as a practitioner) in enabling creativity and fresh thinking.  Amazing stuff

Wanted to commend the approach, and Ben’s consultancy: Ideas Alchemy

Back in the blogosphere

Work and Comedy have been incredibly busy but am making a concerted effort to return to blogging.  I’m trying to separate up my two (albeit sometimes overlapping) worlds of Laughter and of Youth Ministry.
The Laughter and Comedy will be here at “Standing Up for Laughter!” whilst Youth Ministry will remain here.

Live Comedy performance May 2018