recovery is possible

It is possible to recover. It’s amazing how far people will go to disprove this, how powerful our negative voice can be and how programmed for fear we are. This negative perspective can overwhelm our collective planning and conversation. We do two simple things that ensure we almost always have conversations about negative things. The Read More …

Missing Generations (part 6)

How people learn has changed. I talked about learning preferences in part 1.  This video shows just how much teaching and learning has moved on since I was at school. If you can see this, then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it’s missing. Get Flash Read More …

Missing Generations (part 5)

What spiritual practices do you do? Eh?  What’s a spiritual practice? I wrote in my chapter of Inside Verdict that the church isn’t very good at helping members keep the promises they make.  I promised to read the Bible, to pray and to join with other believers in worship. Reading the Bible is difficult.  So Read More …

failure is always an option

On Wednesday I led a session for a group of ministers from the United Reformed Church in Scotland.  We were exploring what the church could learn from younger people and from youth work methods. Young people fail.  A lot.  It’s part of learning. They try something, get it wrong, then learn from that and try Read More …

Hopitality

There are days when you are reminded just how kind and generous people are and just how good the church is when it’s at its best. This week I’m hosting a group of youth workers from our partner denomination, the Reformed Church of Hungary. They want to see different examples of youth work so I Read More …

remote

It’s snowing.  The world has come to an end.  A halt.  A freeze. It’s a pain, but it’s hardly unexpected.  It’s the winter.  It snows.  OK this is a little early but we always seem caught out by the snow whenever it comes. I work from home.  Which makes me wonder why being snowed in Read More …