If you’re the kind of person who enjoys lengthy government reports into the failures of charities, then you’ll love the National Audit Office’s 35 page investigation the government’s funding of Kids Company. Or you could read the Guardian’s summary.
In the last couple of years The Bible-Centred Youthworker Conference has, in my opinion, got a lot stronger. I don’t think it’s because my youth work friends are now all over the country and it’s more a joy to see everyone. There was a move to different format a few years ago and and it’s made it a lot more welcoming and engaging atmosphere. Bookings are open for this year, and the two announced speakers are great.
I have no idea if what I’m doing in January allows me to be at this conference, but I’ll be sad to miss it if I’m not.
You might not need to read another rant about song-writing and the church but as a youth worker, it affects you more than most other groups, so read this anyway. It’s telling that so many of his examples of bad practice come from youth events.
A week ago I got to preach on Psalm 119:25-32 at church. It’s part of a Psalm about clinging to God and his promises in times of deep darkness. You can listen to the recording here. As I was preparing for it Glen Scrivener published thoughts as he preached on Psalm 88 an even darker Psalm. More helpful even than that though, was Mark Meynell posting a deeply honest series about what it’s like to struggle with depression.
Without being too clickbait-y you might genuinely dispute the third thing to look for in a youth minister.
Emma’s blog is always worth a read, but as youth workers what she writes on listening is very helpful. I am one of those who often finds himself waiting for the other to stop so they can speak. I am one of those who needs to be told repeatedly to stop and listen.
If you haven’t seen it, this is Glen Scrivener’s new spoken word video for youth workers. It’s good.
A fair and reasonable criticism, which also happens to be very cutting and funny (see also their fair and reasonable criticism of trendy youth work).
One of the things I increasingly think is important to get your head round as a youth worker is what baptism is and who God’s covenant people are. I say one thing, because they’re tightly linked. This little article seems a good place to start. What you understand on these issues will affect how you treat children of Christian families significantly.
Context – St Mark’s is a vibrant, multi-cultural local community church in the heart of North West London with a vision to ‘Live and Share the Love of Jesus’ through worshipping God wholeheartedly, growing in faith continually, loving each other sincerely, leading people to Jesus sensitively and blessing our communities generously. The church currently has a membership of more than 280 people with a Sunday morning service attendance of 150-250, of which 50-80 are children and youth. The role of the ‘Children & Younger Youth Worker’ is to build and grow the church’s ministry to young people ages 0-14 enabling them to flourish as individuals and live out the church’s vision.