The end of the youth group

“what would you like in your community if money, people and space were not issues?” A question that was asked to a group of young people in a school recently where we were involved. Interestingly the response from some came back, saying that they didn’t want youth groups, people puting stuff on for them, they would actually really like their own venue, their own space, their own place to hang out, be, chat, have fun. When exploring this further there was quite a voice that spoke up saying that they would love to be involved in helping set something up, being part of making sure things happened, and being part of making it move forward. Could this kind of idea be the end of the traditional youth group?

A while ago I wrote a booklet, short booklet, which was called the P’s and C’s of youth work, where I argued that the terminology of group needed to change to the idea of community. I wonder whether this is at the heart of what these young people were saying? More community, where they were part of it, and part of the ownership of it, rather than a group, where things were put on for young people, by others, by adults!!

What would discipleship look like in this kind of context? A place where more relationship could grow, where life could be shared, where people are listened too, as well as spoken with. A place where the reality of life could collide with the fullness of life that Jesus offered in John10.10. community also brings in the idea that life can be engaged with more regularly than the 1.5 hours on a friday evening or whenever it might be, and then no engagement in-between times. If we look at how Jesus engaged with the Disciples, he gathered, he did life, he showed, he shared, he enabled, he invited, he released, he involved, he valued. Could it be that some of these values have been missed out, forgotten, ignored from our engagement with young people, or even with the teams that we lead.

Is it time to re-explore our discipleship approach, both with the young people we engage with, but also the teams we lead? Is discipled leadership something worth exploring further so that the phrase, disciples who make disciples is truly lived out? A group settles with what is, a community invites others to be part of what is happening, there is much more to write, but you can read more on some of this at www.rolltherock.org.uk/resources and click on P’s and C’s of youth work. A second part of this will be coming later this year.

Resource Funding

We have ideas to create a number of resources that will enable youth leaders to engage better with their young people around issues of identity and discipleship. We are also keen to develop resources to help leaders themselves, as they grow in their roles.

We are now looking for individuals to invest in the creation of these resources.

We need 20 people to invest £50 each into RolltheRock as a one-off gift, to enable us to explore these initiatives further.

Could you be one of those people?

If you would like to invest in the development of creative resources that enable young people and youth leaders to grow, please email info@rolltherock.org.uk and let us know that you want to be one of our resource resourcers!

Our hope is to launch these resources in the Spring, so please do consider this and let us know as soon as you can if you are able to support us in this way.

Bless you and, in advance, thanks.

Downloadable Resources

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Andy Wilson’s
Youth Discipleship Resource.

This material is written as an on-going discipleship process, it is not written as 10 individual sessions. On the basis that God gave the 10 Commandments as a life-long way of living, this 10 week resource builds from week to week, and draws together issues from the whole of life, to enable those engaging with the process to gain all that God has for them. Containing Ten excellent sessions.

SESSION 1: JEALOUSY
SESSION 2: LIAR
SESSION 3: IT AIN’T YOURS!!!!!!!!
SESSION 4: LOVE IS……
SESSION 5: THE VALUE OF LIFE
SESSION 6: FAMILY LIFE
SESSION 7: TAKE A BREAK
SESSION 8: WHAT’S IN A NAME
SESSION 9: STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
SESSION 10: LIVING IT OUT

Purchase Session One – JEALOUSY


Purchase Session Two – LIAR

Purchase Session Three – IT AINT YOURS!!!!!

Purchase Session Four – LOVE IS………

Purchase Session Five – THE VALUE OF LIFE

Purchase Session Six – FAMILY LIFE

Purchase Session Seven – TAKE A BREAK

Purchase Session Eight – WHATS IN A NAME

Purchase Session Nine – STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Purchase Session Ten – LIVING IT OUT

We will be adding more and products over time so please call back later, for now you can buy a copy of “Exploring Mission Shaped Communities” by Andy Wilson.

 

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