Study Youth and Young Adult Spirituality

Study Youth and Young Adult Spirituality

  Understand the spiritual journeys’ of young people Discover how faith begins, grows and changes across the life course Learn how to accompany young people amidst a faith crisis The Basics: This semester, we are running a class examining the spiritual lives of younger people – both youth and young adults.  It is a class […]

Adulting

Adulting

  ADULTING – it is now a verb … or participle. Like walking or swimming, there is now adulting. Adulthood has become differentiated as something that is no longer automatic. We all grow older equally, but not all grow up equally. Adulthood is not simply something that happens by virtue of age – it is […]

Faith is not my New Year’s Resolution…

Faith is not my New Year’s Resolution…

Can you feel that? A new year is coming…. For some a new year begins with fireworks of excitement and possibility, for others in nervous twitches, and sometimes it simply arrives deadpan expecting us to know what to do with it. Whatever way it arrives most of the time a new year is accompanied by […]

#WhatWeLearned@NEXT

#WhatWeLearned@NEXT

What have you discovered to be deeply true this year? This is what we found (and it is awesome!).

Discover What Dwells Within

Discover What Dwells Within

  We are often asked if folks can come along to NEXT and see what it is like. Well, the good news is that you can! There are two fantastic events coming up (one of them is really soon) that can give you a wonderful insight into the goings on at NEXT and the wonderful […]

NEXT 2017 – The first 100 Days

NEXT 2017 – The first 100 Days

This week, NEXT 2017 turned the corner on its first 100 days while, at the same time, closing out the first semester and heading into a 7-week break What do you imagine being able to achieve in 100 days?  At the start of the year, did you have any plans for what you might set out […]

The ‘Faith’ of Unbelief

The ‘Faith’ of Unbelief

Would it seem curious or perhaps oxymoronic to you to use the phrase ‘the faith of an athiest’? It was with great curiosity that I awoke this morning to discover this article appearing amongst the ABC’s ‘Top News Stories’ listed on their web site and app.  The article is a retelling of Michael Collet’s journey […]

Losing Heart

Losing Heart

A fascinating glimpse into children and youth ministry in the UK has recently been released – Losing Heart. Over 2000 churches of all sizes and denominations surveyed and the insight gained is intriguing. This cleverly presented and very readable research synthesizes the survey’s findings down to three big ideas: Churches, especially smaller ones, do more […]

Your Best Offer

Your Best Offer

I Hope You Find What You Are Looking For … On the day my University offer came out, you would have found me perched on top of the brick pillar that housed our mailbox, waiting for the Postie to come past on his bicycle (Yup – this was the era before online offers and text […]

I’m Lost But Looking

I’m Lost But Looking

Early January days can be the strangest of all. The days that come after the giant swell of end of year events that is late December – the Christmas season that I so deeply desire to be meaningful but often ends up a tiring experience of mayhem. That week between Christmas and New Years that […]