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Surviving Summer Camp!

Summer camps are the cornerstone… or millstone of the youth ministry calendar. Great memories mixed with funny smells, odd conversations, and goo that won’t wash out your hair. They’re also a minefield of safeguarding pushing, consent trying, first-aid exasperating young people who you get to know a little more than you perhaps wanted to! As […]

The difference between ‘millennials’ and ‘GenZ’. Part 2 by Jonny Price

Jonny returns to his discussion of the differences between ‘millennials’ and today’s young people (‘GenZ’) here in part 2; focusing on the differences needed in approach. If you missed part 1, you can check it out here.   Recently I wrote about 5 Differences between today’s young people and Millennials. In this blog I want […]

The difference between ‘being the leader’ and actually leading

One is based on an assumption, the other is based on an action. Being the leader is assumed. It’s on your name tag, written in your job description, and comes with the territory. It does not – on it’s own – make people follow you. ‘You know what they call a leader with no followers? […]

Is youth ministry too ‘anti-academic’?

Naaaa…. not really. Well, yes, maybe. Kinda. Hmmmm. This is a tough nut to crack! So I’m a youth worker and I like to at least think of myself as an academic. I’ve studied at Oak Hill Theological College, Oxford University, and I’ve just finished a Masters in mission from Cliff College with a distinction. […]

When ‘NOT’ to love young people.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Of course, you should love all young people unconditionally as Jesus taught us(!!!); however, that is assuming we all mean the same thing by the word ‘love’. Love is unconditional, but that doesn’t make it inexcusable. Love is tolerant, but that doesn’t make it unaccountable. Love is […]

Why I Wrote ‘Follow Me’ – By Ali Campbell

Ali Campbell, youth work consultant and founder of ‘The Resource’ takes us behind the scenes as he releases his new book ‘Follow Me: Transforming and shaping lives for the journey.’   I wrote “Follow Me” because I am fascinated by the relationship between Jesus and Peter. As I have worked with young people over the […]

5 Differences between today’s young people and Millennials… with Jonny Price

This week, Jonny Price, Youth and Children’s Ministry Leader in York, returns to give us some insight into his research into ‘GenZ’, and how young people today are actually quite different to ‘Millennials’ – just like him!   Millenials are everywhere, saving the world or destroying industry depending in your point of view. But the […]

Youth Ministry that’s Genuinely Relevant without Faking It

Last week I had the privilege of writing this for the IVP blog. Check out the original online here. There’s a classic episode of The Simpsons where Ned Flanders, the show’s exorbitantly cheesy Christian stereotype, runs a Bible study in his home. The group has one teenager – an air-headed bully called Jimbo. In order […]

57 random thoughts and suggestions for new pastors.

I’m a youth worker. We know this already! However, I actually trained as a pastor and have spent the last 14 years working closely with many church pastors. Here are a collection of random thoughts for pastors who are just starting off… Love people more than you love books. Teach the people you have, not […]

13 Rules-of-thumb For Giving Better Talks

Here are a few golden rules of thumb for public speaking. These have nothing to do with content or spirituality, but they should help all of us speak more clearly and accessibly. Better speaking means clearer delivery, and clearly delivery means that more people will get it. Winner! 1. Don’t commentate on your talk as […]

Discussing 13 Reasons Why and How to Respond – by Cassandra Smith

13 Reasons Why has been a hugely challenging and uncomfortable television series that explores teen suicide. Cassandra Smith navigates the waters and suggest ways our youth ministries can engage. 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix original series based the book by Jay Asher. The drama is centered around high school aged characters whose narratives include […]

Living with Cancer as a Youth Worker

This brave and honest post has been written by youth work volunteer Megan Dyer, who recently was given the all clear after treatment for cancer. We hope this will be an encouragement to anyone walking through similar challenges. Cancer, My Youth Group & Me. Cancer: In August 2016 I was diagnosed with a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma […]