Deep Impact 2012

Deep Impact is the National Training conference for all those involved in Youthwork. It is for those who are volunteers, or paid employees; for those working for local authorities, local churches and agencies; for those with heaps of experience or just starting out. Deep Impact provides both practical and Biblical input from skilled youth practitioners Read More …

Repetition

“We tried that once.  It didn’t work” Imagine a golfer saying that.  “Yeah, I picked up a club once when I was 7 and had a swing but the ball only went 10 feet off to the right so I never bothered trying again.” What nonsense. To get something right takes practice.  Apparently 10,000 hours 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 …

be remarkable

I was watching an old TED talk by Seth Godin yesterday where he was talking about getting people’s attention. His primary context is marketing but I think what he was talking about transfers into pretty much any context where you want people to engage or listen or pay attention.  His advice: Be remarkable. Of course 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 …

Kenny Wilson’s new site

I know that I haven’t been writing much for a while and I promise that I will get back in the groove soon, but in the meantime why not pop over to Kenny Wilson’s new site. Kenny was one of my most read guests here in November.  He is an internationally respected author and youth Read More …

5 Steps To Better Youth Work

Here are 5 ways you can improve your work with young people. 1. Consult Ask your young people what they like, what they don’t like and what they want to learn/do/try.  Sounds simple doesn’t it, but very few youth leaders actually do this well.  Lots of us have an agenda, or we think we do.  Read More …