Category Archive: Personal Growth

Nov 04

When Grace Showed Up – a book to kickstart your heart

Recently, the book ‘When Grace Showed Up’ by Tich & Joan Smith turned up in our home. It was lent to my wife by a friend of hers. I had heard about the book when I was at a Soul Survivor festival in the summer with our youth group and so was intrigued to find …

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Sep 16

5 simple truths of time management for youth workers

I was in a mentor meeting recently with a wonderful, young youth worker and we fell upon the common subject of time management. He is creating a lively youth ministry, but at the cost that he has very little free time, can often be found sending emails into the early hours, and often finds himself …

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Sep 09

The biggest threat to your youth work

  I was away over the summer at a youth conference and heard a story that reminded me of what must be the biggest threat to any Christian youth work. It is something that I see happening much more than I should. It is an all-too-common story. The story was of a youth group which …

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Aug 05

5 lessons from being a volunteer youth leader

I left my position of Youth Minister at St Stephen’s Church, East Twickenham, back in 2009. I have been working across churches ever since,  first with CPAS, and for the last five years with Thrive. Since moving to Leamington, I have volunteered as a youth leader every week on a Tuesday night at the church …

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Jun 24

How to really love your church

As youth leaders, it is so important that we love the church that we belong to. We need to be helping the young people we lead to be finding their place in the wider fellowship of believers and to enable them to thrive amongst their peers in their church. Sadly, for far too many youth …

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May 27

How to keep your passion for youth work alive

There are many reasons why leaders drop out of youth ministry. I believe one of those is down to the never-ending cycle of demands and expectations put on them from church leaders, parents, young people and the rest of the church. It is all too easy to become a people pleaser, looking to meet these …

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