Category Archive: Strategy

Oct 14

What does 21st century youth discipleship look like?

We are sixteen years into a new century and yet I still get asked what does youth discipleship look like for the 21st Century? It often comes from leaders and parents who have belonged to churches which have had a good heritage of youth work, but now numbers have dwindled. There is a recognition that …

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Oct 07

The key to being more effective and less busy

It’s a common flaw in youth ministry meetings. We are over-stretched and over-committed, in a word busy. The same faithful few, doing too much because we are dedicated to seeing the ministry survive. You discuss areas of the youth work that need developing. It is often areas like building relationships with the wider church, or …

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Sep 23

Mind the gap – how to stop losing young people

One of the common challenges for churches is how to ensure that children and young people in our groups transition well into new groups as they get older. Whilst seeming a straightforward action, the reality shows that it is not always the case. So what can we do to ease the process? And, why can …

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Dec 17

Purposeful Planning Part 3: Completing your programme

If you have read my last three posts in this series on planning, you will have realised that I am a fervent believer in the planning process. This by no ways limits or restricts us from being open to what God is doing nor does it put all our trust in an imperfect programme. What …

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Dec 10

Purposeful Planning Part 2: up, in, out

As we continue our series in how to plan purposefully so you create that killer youth programme, in this post I want to explore how we create space to build in three different directions: upwards, inwards and outwards. How do we help young people experience God? How can we build the group identity? How can …

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Dec 01

Purposeful Planning Produces a Productive Programme! Part 1

Last week’s blog post explored why it essential that we spend time planning our programme for our youth group and I outlined 5 reasons why this is so important. If you haven’t read that post yet, I recommend you pause here and go read and then come back. Over the next few weeks I am …

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