It sets us up to fail if we think that an hour on Sunday is going to cut it for a child growing up in a world where the Christian faith is just one of a few equally valid options from which they can choose.
Sam Donoghue asks whether youth ministers tend to try to ingratiate themselves, rather than engage, with young people.
Sam Donoghue discusses the new youth ministry course that is being offered in Kensington Area, with the hope of rolling it out to other areas of the Diocese.
Sam Donoghue witnesses noisy children in church and how it might be a foretaste of the new Jerusalem that echoes to the sounds of kids playing and having fun.
Have you ever had a ministry succeed beyond your wildest expectations, only to be met with doubt and negativity from your church leadership? You can learn from that and work together on success.
Sometimes it can feel like, as children’s and youth workers, we have to know all the answers. But saying ‘I don’t know’ could be one of the most powerful, faith-formational things you could say.
We all have an image of what a youth worker looks like, but you’re unlikely to bring to mind someone like Nanna Val, an 82-year-old woman making a difference in young people’s lives.
The last time Sam led children’s work in his church, it was a bit of a disaster. So, when he was next due to lead, he knew he had to approach things differently. Here’s how he got on.
Sam Donoghue had an ‘eventful’ time the last time he led the children’s work at his church. Here he reviews what went wrong and what he can do to improve things for next time.
On his recent visit to Disneyland Paris, Sam Donoghue encountered a story-based, child-focused mindset that can teach us much in our children’s work. And Sully. He met Sully too.