Youth work

A brief reminder – Youth Ministry and Everyday Life, IASYM Biennial European Conference 2016, Amsterdam #IASYM2016

This is a review of a recent academic conference I attended for researchers in Youth Ministry, (In general Youth Ministry means the way the church works with young people). It is a long read at 2500 words. Recently, I attended the Biennial European Conference of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (also […]

The Return of youth work. (Social and Economic Value of Youth Work in Scotland Report)

YouthLink Scotland yesterday hosted the YouthWork Expo. A day dedicated to “highlight and celebrate the contribution youth work makes to society, individuals and to the realisation of the programme for government”. The lead claim in the press release is A new study by Hall Aitken published today has put the value of youth work at […]

On “How Will Our Children Have Faith?” a resource from @churchscotland

On Saturday I had my first read through of the newest of the Learn series of publications from the Church of Scotland, titled “How Will Our Children Have Faith?”. ‘How Will Our Children Have Faith?’ is a short discussion guide which explores the reasons for working with children and young people. It also works through […]

Feedback to my session and questions from others at the celtic IASYM colloquium. #cIASYMc2015

After my session on Wednesday the group had a wide-ranging 30mins discussion throwing about some of the topics of my talk, here are some of the notes I took of that discussion the session was on play within christian faith-based youth work as resistance to the socioeconomic commodification of young people (or something like that.) […]

Thoughts from the Celtic IASYM colloquium. #colloquium

I went to the inaugural Celtic IASYM colloquium on Wednesday and Thursday this week. It was generally good, and I enjoyed being there, so here are some thoughts on the event. Venue. It was held in a halls of residence for students at Belfast’s Queens university. So it was basic accommodation, but that’s fine. It […]

“We will consider it” Youth ministers in the Church of Scotland. #ga2015

Over the past few days, the Church of Scotland may have decided to do something significant. At General Assembly 2015, (its annual big church meeting), the church decided to consider whether those involved in youth work and youth ministry for the Church of Scotland should be regarded as official ministries of the church. Good. I […]