Richard Passmore posted the following:
Frontier Youth Trust calls for urgent investment in young people.
9 months of research into the future of Christian Youth Work in England has culminated in a urgent appeal to Government Ministers to take youth work more seriously and to Denominational heads to motive their Churches to action.
FYT is calling for Churches and Christian organisations to commit 25% of their income on working with young people, particularly marginalised young people, in order to take the needs of those outside of the church more seriously.
‘With the media tending to demonise young people with such negative reporting , many of the general public are afraid to be in conversation with them. Christians need to sloth off their fears and engage with a generation that will soon give up entirely on the church if we are not careful,’ says Dave Wiles, Chief Executive of FYT.
Working in partnership with ‘2009: Year of The Child ’, Frontier Youth Trust is currently developing a FREE resource to assist Churches in celebrating young people in their communities and empowering them to reach their potential. Entitled, Young People’s Sunday, the resource will offer material and tools to help churches celebrate young people throughout 2009.
Church leaders are asked to pledge their commitment to working towards these objectives and specifically respond to the challenges with a firm undertaking to take appropriate action. Churches are also being prompted to lobby politicians to implement a commitment to long term funding of Christian faith based youth work by writing to MPs and Government ministers.
For further information, or to receive a resource pack for Young People’s Sunday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
It looks really good, I’m always for trying to raise the awareness and support of ministry to young people. My only comment is that to put yet another event into the church calendar is in one sense a hassle. I remember times when I was working in Essex where we were coming under real pressure to be highlighting this and that in the service, and you would end up with a whole month or two full of services themed around different issues. I hope that isn’t going to make that worse.