Indwelling Discipleship 3.

  In Part 1 I focussed on the theological basis of an approach to discipleship which I called Indwelling Discipleship.  In Part 2 I looked at some of the practical implications for the way we do discipleship under an Indwelling Model.  In this final part I’d like to examine programming and how it needs to [...]

Indwelling Discipleship 2.

  In Part 1 I focussed on the theological basis of an approach to discipleship which I called Indwelling Discipleship.  I contended that this was the fundamental approach to discipleship in the early church and it needs to be so in our youth ministries today, not replacing, but underpinning the more common approaches I called [...]

Indwelling Discipleship 1.

  There is a lot being written today about emerging patterns of church and youth ministry. Much of it is insightful and helpful as we seek to discover ways of being effective in mission to youth. However sociology is only one aspect of a youth ministry philosophy (see “Philosophy of Youth Ministry” YouthTRAIN 2004). In [...]

Revolving Doors: Attracting and Holding Young People

  Holding on to young people who come to our youth ministries takes three things: good leaders, good programmes and good strategies. We often focus on the first two and neglect the third. Below are listed twenty one strategies you can use to attract and hold young people in your youth ministries.   STAGE I: [...]

Seven Essentials of an Effective Youth Ministry Internship

  Having once been an intern myself and, over the past 20 years of youth ministry training, been in contact with countless youth interns and youth pastors with interns, I would like to offer some thoughts on what I believe makes an effective youth internship. I’m currently working on a template for YouthTRAIN sponsored internships [...]

Secondhand Youth Ministry Books for Sale

  In good condition. Email Mark at This way to youth ministry (duffy robins) Youth ministry management tools with cd rom ginny olson, Dianne Elliot and mike work Christian councelling gary r Collins As iron sharpens iron howard and William Hendricks Family based youth ministry mark devries Do they run when they see you [...]

Understanding Youth Culture: Relativism

  At the heart of the previous belief systems is a belief system known as relativism which teaches that truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative to the persons or groups holding them.  In other words, when we declare something to be right or true, it is only right or true for [...]

The Leadership Obsession: Part 2

  Rethinking Failure In Part One I expressed a conviction that we are in serious danger of losing balance in our approach to leadership within the church. In this second part I’d like to explore a point touched on as a requirement for effective leadership, namely that of failure.   Success and Motivation I recall [...]

The Leadership Obsession: Part 1

  Have We Lost Balance? There is much that is being written and talked about in ministry circles about “leadership”. More than ever we are seeing books written and devoured that teach us how to lead and deal with issues such as establishing vision and purpose, managing staff and instituting change. Much of it borrows [...]

Understanding Youth Culture: Existentialism

  A still deeper belief system beyond those we have so far examined is existentialism. This is essentially the belief that life has no inherent meaning and that there is no overarching plan to follow. The consequence of this in the lives of our young people is evident in three ways. The first relates to [...]