Category Archives: Children’s and Youth Work

Random bits going on in life

Having got back from New York most of the weekend was spent preparing for a preach I was doing in church on Sunday morning. I had been given the opportunity to share something from my heart about why and what we do in children’s and youth work. I am really grateful (particulaly afterwards!) when I […]

School in local newspaper

One of the schools I regularly work in recently held a community tea so that the new head teacher could meet other heads, community leaders, church leaders etc. It seemed to go quite while and as part of it the Brentwood Gazette came to interview her and took a photo with some of her ‘key […]

Awesome video on real beauty

A few people (especially Marko and Josh) have been highlighting this great video. Really useful for thinking about real beauty with young people.

Funding opportunities

I wanted to post this last night but I didn’t get the chance – the first time I have not posted on a weekday! I sit on a local town-wide committee that brings various different agencies and providers who link together through youth work and puts them around a table once a month. I sit […]

Simply Youth Ministry Podcast

I love listening to the Simply Youth Ministry Podcast. I really enjoy the mixture of some good youth ministry content but also a whole load of banter and laughs. This week’s show (episode 32) is great including, as summed up by Josh, stuff such as : How do we create a team that motivates each […]

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 www.junction28.org ) 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 […]

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 […]