Category Archive: Blog

Jul 06

How to start a mentoring scheme in your church

Mentoring young people is a great way to disciple in the 21st Century. It doesn’t matter whether you have lots of young people within your church or just one; mentoring invests in the individual. It takes place at a time that is mutually convenient and can be transformative for the young person. Over the years …

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Jun 29

Where are all the leaders?

I am not sure what the definition of crisis is or what a situation has to be like to be described as ‘in crisis’ but it does seem that, for many within our churches, ‘youth ministry is in crisis’ is a realistic opinion. “We just don’t see young people in our church anymore” and “what …

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Jun 15

Five steps to a faith-professing life

When I speak to different churches, the existence of their youth ministry is, more often than not, based on their history and evolution rather than on their vision and strategy for the future. We talk about why young people are drifting away from their church or are no longer interested. From my experience I don’t …

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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 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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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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