Thoughts
A Thriving Project with Manningham UCA, Doncaster Church of Christ and the CTM
At 9am on Sunday the 29th of January 23 year nine students from Doncaster Secondary College along with 2 College staff, and 7 coaches (3 from Manningham UCA and 3 from Doncaster Church of Christ and 1 from the Centre for Theology and Ministry) set off for the Peer Leadership…

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Debunking myths about what attracts the next generation by Jake Mulder from FYI

Surely churches that draw young people today must have a super-cool vibe, young pastor with skinny jeans, a laser light kit in a new multimillion-dollar facility, or some other hype. Right?

WRONG.

Yes, we discovered some churches that are flashy and hip, and as a result they draw lots of young people. But this was certainly not the case for all of the congregations in our study—not even most.

One thriving church actually prided itself on not being hip.

The pastor wanted to drive the point home and emphasized to our team, “Our church is nothing flashy; just a great healthy place.” Tweet that

After conducting nearly 1,500 hour-long interviews and analyzing over 10,000 pages of research data, we’ve discovered that much of what we often think we need to engage teenagers and young adults perhaps isn’t so essential after all.

In the coming months, we look forward to countering several of these myths with the reality of what we’ve learned helps young people discover and love their churches. But there’s one BIG myth we want to do away with right now….more

We all need to play our part...
We have spent some time putting together this brochure to help the church understand the different ways we all need to work together to support youth and young adult ministry not just survive but thrive. …We understand that in multicultural Australia, the local context remains crucial to the faith development and…

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Three practices for intentional and empowering discipleship

Youth ministry is a movement, it is not something small and insignificant. This article on the Alongsiders International website helps to reflect and encourage three practices for intentional and empowering discipleship.

Give it a read.

There are many take-home lessons from Amanda Palmer’s 2013 TED Talk entitled ‘The Art of Asking’.
My wife Emma told me to watch this talk when it came out in 2013 but I only recently got around to watching it. Guess what? She was right! I should have listened J It is well and truly worth investing the 13 minutes and 47 seconds it runs to…

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Thoughts on the 40 Developmental Assets
By Adrian Greenwood Discipleship Educator – Young Adults “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Ever had a conversation with a young person passionately telling you about the activity they just…

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Potential...
This clip talks about the potential of wind, and yet most of the world ignores it for some reason! Sometimes I feel that young people are ignored like this and yet also hold such potential. I wonder why we as a society don’t spend more resources of time, energy, money…

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THE STATE OF PLAY’ – Rob Hanks
Ministry and mission with young people at this time is a massive challenge for the Church (widely and locally) and no one group are to blame for the societal and generational shifts which have happened…but we are struggling to respond in way too many places… If I generalise to make…

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What Les Miserables teaches us about prayer...
When we think about the movie Les Miserables, a nominee for the Motion Picture Academy Awards best picture, the role of religion is obvious. We see a Catholic bishop give the hero, Jean Valjean, a second chance at life and we see the conflict between grace and law in police…

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An affirmation of faith
Last week I came across this affirmation of faith for the first time. I really appreciate the different language and imagery to other affirmations of faith. It is in Uniting in Worship 2 and has been adapted from the basis of union. What’s your sense? What do you think? We…

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