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Ask any youth worker, and most of them will tell you that they’re tired. In fact, working in youth ministry can often feel incompatible with establishing a healthy work-life balance. CEO of youth charity XLP Patrick Regan shares his own experiences of ‘running on empty’ and suggests ways to protect yourself – and those around you – from burning out.
Interrupting the chaos
Growing up in chaotic circumstances, unstable family environments and boundary-free worlds is the new normal for many teenagers today. Becca McGowan gives some practical advice for youth leaders working alongside young people in these contexts and offers hope for ways in which we can ‘interrupt the chaos’.
Starting something new
At some point in your youth work career you’re bound to find yourself starting something from nothing, be it a new youth congregation or a detached youth work project in a neighbouring area. Johanna Derry outlines some common threads which face those starting any ministry from scratch, and offers encouragement to keep pioneering wherever you are.
ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #1
Romans 9,10&11: Evangelism, by John Allan.
ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #2
Romans 12: 1–8: Worship, by Sam Hargreaves.
ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #3
Romans 12–14: Community, by Phoebe Thompson.
ADAPTABLE MEETING GUIDE #4
Romans 15&16: Help for the journey, by Loyd Harp.
Movie-based discussion resource by Tom Wade.
Discussion starter by Jamie Cutteridge.
Music-based discussion resource by Becky May.
A visual discussion prompt from illustrator Jason Ramasami.
READY-TO-USE GAMES AND ICEBREAKERS
Jimmy Young provides some ancient games.
READY-TO-USE SAINTS AND MARTYRS
Resource for youth workers using the lectionary.
Two pages of schools work resources compiled by schoolswork.co.uk.