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Ding Dong the Book is In

So, you may have wondered where youthworkhacks sneaked off to over the last week or so, and why you’ve not heard anything new about the quirky world of youth ministry. Well I’ve (Tim) been writing a book, and it was due to the publishers yesterday! Mission accomplished, I sent it on time. ‘So whats the […]

Let’s stop telling future youth ministers to skip training!

(Sorry – slightly ranty post) Over the past decade, Bible Colleges in Britain have really started to struggle getting people to apply. This has been most clearly seen in youth work courses. Not only have several large and well-established youth work training centres now closed, but many of the biggest Bible Colleges in the UK […]

New Website For Youth Workers – www.myyouthworklife.org

Check out this press release from a fabulous new youth work website! For more information and a full look at the site, see www.myyouthworklife.org  or email hello@myyouthworklife.org (Full text below the press release image) New Online Training website for Youth Workers  – written by Practitioners for Practitioners   The all-new website www.myyouthworklife.org seeks to serve Youthworkers and those involved in […]

Big Shoutout to the Premier Digital Finalists!

Youth Work Hacks was blown away again! Last weekend we took home two awards from the Premier Digital Awards 2017; both ‘Most Inspiring Leadership Blog’ (two years in a row!), and ‘Multi Author Blog of the Year’. This was cool. 🙂 You can check out their highlights vid here. I want this post, however, to […]

Free Upcoming Training – Managing Difficult Behaviour

Next Monday evening at ‘The Monthly Meet’ we’ll look together at how to manage difficult behavior in youth groups. This practical session will look at the dos and don’ts of getting a group’s attention, working with hyperactive young people, and keeping everyone safe in situations where there is escalating aggression. We’ll look at non-physical ways […]

Is your youth group autism friendly?

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a hugely broad and varied collection of conditions, symptoms, and traits – so trying to gather ‘autistic friendly’ guidelines is a difficult task. However, a few basic rules of thumb, and a keener understanding of what to look out for will go a long way. Understanding ASD Basics Autism is […]

Here’s what 187 youth workers call their young people…

What to call the collective age group that youth workers minister to can be an hotly debated issue. When you mix the world of polly-correctness with adolescence-driven chemicals and egotistical youth workers, getting the terms right can be a real thing. So, we asked 187 youth workers the following question: ‘What you think the most […]

7 Ways to Support Anorexic Young People

Last night my wife and I watched the BBC2 documentary with Louis Theron on Anorexia, which has prompted this post. Youth ministries can be rife with all kinds of eating disorders, and classically we respond to this epidemic by simply talking about self image and inner value – so if we could just convince them […]

Finding New Volunteers: Appeal vs Approach

Finding and developing teams of volunteers is the bread-and-butter of youth work. When the team works – it works really well, and when it doesn’t – everything has to work around it. I’ve just arrived home after a month away to find that my team had been brilliant. They had run and grown all the […]

YouthWorkHacks has been nominated for two awards!

Last year it was an amazing privilege to be nominated for the Premier Digital Awards, Most Inspiring Leadership Blog – and then an enormous surprise to win it among so many fantastic blogs. This year I’m blown away to be nominated for two awards: This, again, is amazing! Big thanks to everybody who nominated the […]

Please everyone? Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.

It’s really hard in youth work to juggle everyone’s expectations, hurt feelings, and mixed theologies. I totally try though, and I think it’s really worth learning how to get on peacefully with everybody. Some things are worth the passion, and the pain, and the fury – and some things are just not; and it’s those […]

Dear Youth Worker, keep hold of yourself

I think one of the hardest battles that I’ve had to consistently struggle through in youth ministry is keeping hold of myself. From the day you interview, through to meeting the kids for the first time, sitting in Eldership meetings, and talking with concerned parents, you are constantly working with varied and changing expectations. You […]