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Video Bible Talks – An incredible new free resource coming soon!

An old college buddy of mine, Alan, is creating an epic digital video resource that will massively equip the church and serve our youth groups. I’m very excited for this resource, here’s Alan explaining it in his own words: Hi, I’m Alan Witchalls and I’ve been serving in youth ministry in one way or another […]

Exploring Emotional Health – by Liz Edge

Great new guest post this week by Liz Edge. A quality professional youth worker with a passion for emotional health. Check out her new book at www.liz-edge.co.uk It was through adolescence that I began to feel a void in dialogue between my Christian faith, and being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. No one seemed to […]

An open letter to Nitin Passi, CEO of Missguided reg. their ‘Send Me Nudes’ sign

Below is an open letter to the CEO of Missguided regarding a reckless sign put up in their Bluewater store. Kudos to Rachel Gardner for finding this and bringing it to the youthwork community’s attention. Credit also to Rachel for starting this petition online. Please sign and share! Please consider writing / tweeting to them […]

How to use your Bible in youth meetings – Comics by Chloe

A new set by our In House Comic, Chloe Perrin. Check out her work at chloescomics.wordpress.com    

I’m doing Britian’s Largest Bungee Jump!

Dear Everybody In just a couple of days I’ll be doing Britain’s Largest Bungee Jump. This means falling 400ft, in 5.3seconds, reaching just over 90mph. Check out the video below. Heights generally freak me out – as does being out of control. I’m doing this to raise money for Llandudno Youth For Christ, which is […]

Young People and Porn… Dialing back on the Pop-Psychology

Porn addiction is a serious thing, and the very last thing I want to do on here is to minimise or trivialise it. It genuinely messes up minds, and mangles marriages. Addiction (rather than just habit or compulsion) rearranges your neurological pathways and replaces your body’s natural abilities to release chemicals like dopamine. It is […]

What actually makes us relevant?

Relevancy is a word we throw around, and rightly so! It’s essential, as effective youth workers, to be relevant to young people. What we mean by this, however, dramatically varies depending on who you talk to. Immersion – Being Just Like Them For some, being relevant means being just like them. So the youth worker […]

Can you be a Christian and watch Game of Thrones? 5 Better Questions to Ask.

I’ve had a lot of these ‘can you be a Christian and…’ questions recently. Although they usually come less in the form of the genuine and curious, and more in the form of the judgemental and arrogant, thus ‘how can someone possibly be a Christian and…’ So lets’ break this down. Can you be a […]

The Selfish Gospel by Freddie Pimm – Well worth the time!

In ‘The Selfish Gospel’, Freddie Pimm does an outstanding job of presenting a raw challenge to an apathetic church in a me-centred society. Using the diagnostic tools Pimm gained as a doctor, he roots out a problem at the heart of our understanding of the message of Jesus; that we have made the acts of […]

Why Fivefold Ministry matters to youth ministry – Guest Post by Jonny Price

Another quality and thoughtful piece by guest blogger, Jonny Price. Jonny is an experienced youth worker with keen insights and clear vision for the future of Christian youth work in the UK. ‘Fivefold Ministry’ is a concept that can be found in Ephesians 4:11. In it Paul outlines five roles Jesus has given the Body […]

Interview on The Youth Workshop Podcast

It was great to speak to Luke Whyte on his podcast ‘The Youth Worshop’ about the future of youth work, developing teams, the place of the church, and knowing our Bibles. **Check it out here** **Or listen and subscribe on itunes here**

That time when the youth pastor tired to cast demons out of a young person… and went too far.

A few years back I received a message at 4am from a young person totally freaked out. His youth group and two full-time youth workers tried to cast ‘demons of legalism’ out of him by screaming at him as he lay on the floor for an hour. The young lad had come from a conservative […]