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.
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
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.
A survey by Comres discovered a higher level of christian engagement among young people than expected.
“The figures, show that more than one in five (21 per cent) people between the ages of 11 and 18 describe themselves as active followers of Jesus, and 13 per cent say they are practising Christians who attend church.”