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Youthwork 246Innovation in youthwork

From an article by Youthscape

The world is changing – and fast – and no generation is more impacted than young people. Technology is shaping how young people express their identity, engage with their peers and learn about the world. Mental health and wellbeing is a growing concern and issues like social isolation are increasing. Young people are connecting and gathering in different spaces and places, both real and virtual. Understanding, interest and perceptions about Christian faith are shifting.

How does church youth work respond to these changes - what should mission, pastoral care and discipleship look like over the next decades?

Youthscape and The London School of Theology are partnering together to offer a unique week-long study course on innovation. More than thirty students took part in the 2019 cohort and plans for a course in Easter 2020 will be released later this year.

Attendees have been paid and volunteer youth workers, others involved in work with young people in organisations and projects and those leading strategy in youth ministry in churches, denominations and charities. What have they said?

"Have loved it. Best youth work training I have done."
"An amazing week of gaining theory and practical application of such an important topic from some brilliant communicators."
"Helped me to see that innovation needs to be at the heart of our youth work practice rather than a luxury bolt-on."
"Youth ministry is always in need of innovation. This course will help you make sure you think theologically about the process of doing new things for young people. Same gospel, new responses."

Chris Curtis, the Lead Tutor says “The word ‘innovation’ is used everywhere, often just as a marketing tool, but it’s actually crucial for youth ministry to think deeply about how we innovate our models and practice. This course has felt like a great place to start that process.”

The course will give attendees skills in design theory, alongside an understanding of the theological foundations of youth ministry and build confidence in innovating in their own context. If you want ministry that’s effective in a changing world, this is the perfect place to start. 

More details here.

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From an article by Youthscape, 03/09/2019

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