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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our culture has set itself up to funnel young people into a career as quickly as it can without providing the resources and time necessary for young people to forge the required character to conduct themselves with confidence and integrity. At NEXT, you can have your career, but with Character as well.
In this PodCast, we explore how churches that reconsider their approach to gospel and culture allows them to engage with a younger generation and helps their faith to grow. But how to do this, and not lose the heart and soul of Christian faith is the trick.
“I’ve been a Christian for 40 years, and I haven’t even considered half the stuff you guys are talking about… and I’m a pastor for goodness sake!” One of the most important things we do at the end of NEXT is to summarise our year – everything we have explored and discovered together – […]
Over the next weeks, we will be releasing two PodCast episodes developed in conjunction with the National Youth Ministry Convention (NYMC) that dives deeper into Fuller Youth Institute’s latest research on Churches that are Growing Young(er) rather than older. In this PodCast, we explore whether this research is pointing to an X-Factor that some churches […]
We’re having an amazing year at NEXT! Just recently we took a moment to pause and reflect on what has transpired for us this year. Putting everyone’s responses together, we have been stunned. Here’s what students had to say: NEXT has been life-changing because it has restored a strong relationship that had been lost between God and me. It […]
There’s been a profound shift in the research into young people and the church. For the last 10 years, there has been a strong focus on those who are leaving – and it has contributed to a wake-up call that has shouted loudly “the kids are not alright” (You can read a summary of some […]
Have you ever had a ‘sliding doors’ moment? One of those fork-in-the-road moments where you were left wondering years later, ‘I wonder what would have happened if I took the other option?’ Like, what would have happened if you took that other job, married that other person, stayed overseas a bit longer, studied that other […]