Richard Passmore , is often described as one of the leading thinkers around missional youth work, he spent several years teaching on a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work and Applied theology. He has written two key books ‘Meet Them Where They’re At ’ and ‘Off The Beaten Track’, exploring mission and youth work, authored several articles and developed The Fast Game. He currently heads up the StreetSpace initiative with Frontier Youth Trust and is married with three children, and blogs at Sunday Papers.
This summer he took a 6 week sabbatical to exmaine The future impact of American culture on missional youth work context in the West. He covered 5018 miles, drove through 16 States in America, saw amazing landscapes and scenery, and worked with a group of young people to develop 10 themes. Richard summarised his time away as:
Overall the conversations and words around the research, suggest a disconnection between values and actions of people, where life chasing the American dream gets confused with actually having time to live it.