Andy Castle

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Name: Andy Castle
Date registered: September 5, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Strength in Weakness and other struggles of being a youth leader — January 19, 2018
  2. Thrive is committed to training youth & children’s leaders — January 15, 2018
  3. Top 10 most viewed blog posts of 2017 — January 12, 2018
  4. Welcome to Thrive’s new office! — January 8, 2018
  5. Degree open days — December 20, 2017

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Jan 19

Strength in Weakness and other struggles of being a youth leader

When I was just starting out in youth ministry full time, I was based in a church in West Ewell in Surrey. I was training with Oasis Trust on their Christian Youth Ministry Programme. I was in my mid twenties and loving being able to grow in this ministry. A local youth worker from a …

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Jan 15

Thrive is committed to training youth & children’s leaders

Since Thrive started in 2011, investing in leaders has been at the heart of what we do. As we enter 2018 we are excited by the programme of training that we are able to offer to leaders over the year ahead. We have training for all those who serve the children and young people in …

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Jan 12

Top 10 most viewed blog posts of 2017

As it is a new year, it can often be interesting to look back on the previous year and see which of Thrive’s blog posts have had the most views. In 2017, Thrive’s website had 14,000 different visitors (up 11.7% on 2016), viewing a total of almost 90k pages. Inevitably, the most viewed posts have …

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Jan 08

Welcome to Thrive’s new office!

Since September 2017, Thrive Youth Ministries have been based in an office space at Whitnash Methodist Church. This has been wonderful and is making such a difference to us. Previously, we have been each working from our individual homes, and coming together once or twice per week to plan and develop initiatives. With Graham Hayes …

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Dec 10

Fi and Jo successfully complete their 24 hour sponsored walk!

I never realised that walking for 24 hours would be such an amazing experience.  It was incredible to see God’s presence truly with Jo and me. I’m pleased to say that Jo and I completed the challenge.  There was one stage where we felt it was going to be almost impossible to continue.  By the time …

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Dec 01

A simple guide to finding more youth leaders and helpers

One of the most common frustrations I hear from youth ministers, youth leaders and church leaders alike, is how there are not enough adults involved with the youth ministry and how there aren’t people able to get involved. This is often the primary reason for a church to consider employing a youth worker. I struggle …

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