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Growing by NOT LOSING as many youth

I'm privileged in this season to be facilitating regular discussion groups about outreach with both a group of senior pastors, and also a group of youth leaders. I'm taking to both groups about youth ministry, and here is why. A point that many senior church leaders might not like  I think senior church leaders (meaning [...]

By |2022-10-27T10:24:47+13:00October 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Growing by NOT LOSING as many youth

UK Data – how into outreach are youth group youth really?

The following is extracted from a survey of 488 teenagers in church youth groups (a longer summary is here)  ------ How confident to outreach are youth - really? A third (34%) of young Christians told us they share their faith regularly In terms of what this 34% did to share their faith with non-Christian peers, 71% [...]

By |2022-06-27T15:03:10+12:00June 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UK Data – how into outreach are youth group youth really?

Knowing this stuff will give you confidence – and words (stories)!

Western media and culture has created a 'narrative' against the Christian faith.  They like to pull our faith down. As a result they tell bad stories about the church - but not the good. What this overlooks is the fact that: ...there are tens of thousands of good stories for every bad ...the bad stories [...]

By |2022-03-18T11:48:47+13:00March 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Knowing this stuff will give you confidence – and words (stories)!

Key faith blockers – not what you’d think

(From Godtalk October 2021 update) Morag Paton has specialised in online outreach for the past half dozen years. 'YesHeIs' was one of her projects. - The info on the left reflects data taken from 5,078 online conversations she and team had in 2018 to 2020. - What stands out is how low the 'intellectual' objections [...]

By |2022-03-18T11:21:12+13:00March 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Key faith blockers – not what you’d think

School ideas – Exam time?

So, it's exam time, and people are stressed. Check out the ideas in the image! Bake muffins with a Bible verse - to show care and lift people up Put a positive Bible verse on a notice board - but with permission Set up a 'chocolate fountain' in a room, and let people come and [...]

By |2021-09-15T08:12:34+12:00September 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on School ideas – Exam time?

Jesus Club in Christchurch school nailing it

(Shared with permission from a 'Evangelism Network' update in Christchurch, as written by Nic) Jesus Club at Cashmere High School Jesus Club was a group that was started in 2019 by my friends and I at Cashmere High School. We started it as a place where people can come to and hear a short message [...]

By |2021-09-15T07:45:29+12:00September 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Jesus Club in Christchurch school nailing it

Sports can be a bridge

I remember some youth wanting to reach out to their friends. But how do you ever get yourself in a space where you can talk? The answer they found was by playing sports together for fun. Afterwards you're naturally sitting around, chatting while having a drink. Other things you get up to socially can be [...]

By |2021-04-13T15:07:05+12:00April 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sports can be a bridge

Time to educate our own again (short book – important point)

> Time to educate our own again < A call to a change in thinking regarding the education of our young   This article, formatted into 4 short 'chapters', suggests a change in thinking I suggest is needed in the NZ Church regarding how we view and engage with the discipleship of our young. It's [...]

By |2021-01-28T12:20:42+13:00January 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Time to educate our own again (short book – important point)

How to guide: How to lead a city youth leaders network

(This page can work as a discussion document at a gathering of youth leaders in a city or town. Freely invite Raki or Dave to join you in person or via skype/zoom to communicate vision for the potential of your unity. Note there are discussion questions at the bottom).   I remember when I led [...]

By |2020-07-15T19:27:49+12:00May 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to guide: How to lead a city youth leaders network

Take the Hope Story Challenge

#hopestory challenge This idea is INTERNATIONAL - and has resulted in MANY MILLIONS of videos viewed. > See details, and a video explains it - and examples of stories... ... at hopestorychallenge.com The reach on social media even just in NZ can be HUGE if 50 or more do this (and then 100, and then...)!   [...]

By |2022-04-14T10:09:28+12:00April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Take the Hope Story Challenge
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