Category Archive: Blog

Mar 05

Reaching out to children and families in the community

Family walking amongst trees

Quite often we put on events at our churches and hope that children and families will come and join us. When we think about the many stories of Jesus, where was he when he reached out? Outside. Zacchaeus was up a tree, the woman was at the well, blind Bartimaeus was sat by the roadside, …

Continue reading »

Feb 10

Encouraging children to pray

Children seem to have plenty to say to each other, some are still vocal when we want them to listen, yet when it comes to asking children to pray, have you ever experienced the room go quiet as no-one is confident  enough to talk to God?  What is it that seems to build a barrier between us …

Continue reading »

Mar 29

It’s not what you can’t do, it’s what you can!

I visited a local church recently to talk to them about the work of Thrive. After the service, I had several different conversations with individuals over coffee about what we do and about what they might do to work with young people. I noticed that a few of them referred to the bigger, ‘successful’ church …

Continue reading »

Oct 12

We need to rethink our youth ministry

The way most churches do youth ministry is no longer working. It is apparent to most of us. We are seeing the numbers of young people in churches decreasing year after year. We can watch them leave. We can get frustrated or disappointed. What about if we do something about it? I want to suggest …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Older posts «

Fetch more items