Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

Dad to the fab Daniel and Josh! Passionate about Jesus, youth work & sport.

Free youth ministry study

If you want a little youth ministry study this ‘course’ is a great thing to dip in and out of. Covenant Theological Seminary offer a whole load of their modules over the internet for free – you can download MP3s of the lectures and then listen when and where you want. The few I have […]

Burnout in ministry

Recently a couple of others (Mike Lovato and Josh Treece) have blogged on burning out or coming close. I am aware how easy it is to burn the candle at both ends. Hannah and I have one car which she takes to work in Waltham Abbey. To manage the commute and get to work in […]

Youth Ministry and thinking time

I have been conscious recently of how easy it is to be busy in ministry and to not give enough time over to God, to study and to general thinking. The following quote that I discovered in This Way to Youth Ministry by Duffy Robbins sums it up well: “Most often youth workers – and […]

Local children’s and youth leader training

Last night saw the launch of our local children’s and youth leader training. It was a good night with just over 40 people gathering to spend time in worship and being inspired about the work they do. New Harvest Community Church youth band led worship and they were really good. I spoke on Psalm 78 […]

The future of youth ministry

Various people (especially Marko and Lev) have drawn attention to the article by Christianity Today on the future of youth ministry in 50 years. It is a really tough question – I struggle to think what things will be like in 2 or 3 years time let alone 50 – I will be 73 by […]

YFriday Universal Tour

Junction 28 (the Brentwood wide group of children’s and youth leaders which I am involved in – for more info check out ) are hosting the … YFriday Universal Tour (Titus & LZ7) The ‘Universal’ Tour is coming to Brentwood on the 25th of November. ‘Universal’ is the follow up to the worldwide success […]

How then shall we fight for joy? – George Müller

I have started rereading John Piper’s Desiring God and was provoked by Appendix 4 entitled ‘How then shall we fight for joy?’. Piper lists as series of 15 points as an outline to how someone can become a Christian Hedonist. Under point 6 on meditating on the word of God day and night he provides […]

Schools work

Schools work is a real opportunity for those working in churches. I am seconded to a local schools work organisation for 16 hours a week. As part of that I work in two local secondary schools helping to organise a Christian Union and a drop-in lunch club in each. I then spend an afternoon a […]

Possible goal of the season

Robin van Persie scored an awesome goal on Saturday – a real contender for goal of the season – as Arsenal beat Charlton. It was a goal worthy of winning any match. Check it out:

Organising my diary

I have been struggling recently with making my diary work. I use a paper diary for ease of carrying around and being able to quickly scribble additional notes or contacts in it but I have been finding since this academic year restarted that I need more space than I have done previously, and that with […]

The importance of volunteers

I have been struck recently about the importance of volunteers in work at the church. It is so easy for workers in the church to be seen as the person who has been bought in to do it and they should do it all. But I don’t believe we are called to that – I […]

Starting out …

Starting things is always hard work – the first post always feels so uncomfortable. Whilst working as a Children’s & Youth Worker I have noticed the increasing amount of people using blogs to organise their thoughts and share ideas etc. with others and thought I might give it a try … so here goes!