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Developing strategies to engage young people. Matt Summerfield Executive Director, Urban Saints [email protected] Why are we here today? Over 90% of young people are outside the church The majority of those inside the church are not fully devoted followers of Christ.

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Developing strategies to engage young people

Matt SummerfieldExecutive Director, Urban [email protected]

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Why are we here today?

  • Over 90% of young people are outside the church
  • The majority of those inside the church are not fully devoted followers of Christ
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The challenge to the church…

  • Crisis of foresight
  • Crisis of vision
  • Crisis of creativity
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2 Chronicles 12:32 (tribe of Issachar)“…understood the times and knew what Israel should do”

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What is happening to our young people?

  • Cultivating a Kingdom vision
  • Urban Saints’ vision
  • Developing a healthy youth ministry
  • Leading for the long haul
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‘…all youth are reckless beyond words’

Greek Poet Hesiod in the 8th Century

There’s nothing new under the sun….

‘Youth has no regard for old age

and the wisdom of the centuries is

looked down upon both as stupid and

foolishness.”

Peter the Hermit in the 12th century

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“In a global culture whose

citizens are wealthier, healthier

and more privileged than ever before,

children grow unhappier every year. From

the disgruntled and disoriented to the depressed

and dysfunctional, we seem to be raising a generation

with nothing to love but its attitude problem.”

Sue Palmer, Education Specialist

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The tsunami of consumerism

“Consumerism proclaims pleasure not merely as the right of every individual but also as every individual’s obligation to him or herself”

Yiannis Gabriel and Tim Lang “The Unmanageable Consumer

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The tsunami of consumerism

The total net worth of the child-oriented market, including ‘pester power’, is estimated to be around £30 billion a year!

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The tsunami of consumerism

“I love brands…

Brands not only tell me who I am, but also protect me from problems with the others in my class”

A quote from an 11 year old in Martin Lindstroms book, BRANDCHILD

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The tsunami of consumerism

Key Challenge:

How can we help children and young people understand the false promise of the consumerist worldview, as well as presenting the true promise of a biblical worldview?

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The apathy for healthy living

Diet

Sleep

Mental Health

Sexual Activity

Alcohol Consumption

Smoking and other drug use

Self Harm

Suicide

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The apathy for healthy living

Key Challenge

How can we inspire and equip children and young people to develop healthy lifestyle habits that positively affect their overall well-being?

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The inequality of wealth

Over 3 million child in the UK today are currently living in poverty

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The inequality of wealth

“…the poverty in Britain is worse than poor countries because it’s so isolating. The discrepancy is staring you in the face all the time – on TV, in the shops. Children learn very early to associate lack of money with lack of dignity.”

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company and The Place2Be

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The inequality of wealth

“All too often, the culture of debt becomes a part of young people‘s lives from the word go. That can be a daunting prospect, and debt can very quickly become first a habit, and then a downward spiral that becomes overwhelming. More than ever before, sound management of one\'s personal finances is an essential requirement for young people as they start their adult lives.”

Keith Tondeur, National Director of Credit Action

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The inequality of wealth

Key Challenge

How can we ensure that every child and young person has the opportunity to engage in our activities, regardless of family wealth?

How can we provide opportunities that encourage and equip young people to handle money effectively so as to avoid debt and/or poverty?

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The evolution of education

Schools to become the hub of communities

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The evolution of education

“Every Child Matters” agenda

‘stay safe’

‘be healthy’

‘enjoy and achieve’

‘achieve economic well-being‘

‘make a positive contribution’

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The evolution of education

1,000 pupils were permanently excluded from Primary Schools in 2005 and more than 8,000 were excluded from Secondary schools

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The evolution of education

Key Challenge

How should we play a role in the education system, particularly in terms of our relationship with schools?

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The fragmentation of family

  • Every week 3000 young people are facing the pain of divorce.
  • 700,000 children are growing up never seeing their fathers.
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The fragmentation of family

  • Effects of divorce (2001 Survey):
  • perform worse on academic tests,
  • display more behavioural problems,
  • have low self esteem,
  • have weaker social relationships,
  • become depressed,
  • become drug or drink dependent,
  • get involved in crime,
  • have unhappy marriages themselves.
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The fragmentation of family

  • “I’m often asked by parents what they can do to help their child success at school. The simple answer, born out of research, is talk and listen. Or maybe that should be listen and talk... All the prescriptions for successful parenting come back to key two words – time and attention… the key to successful child development is presence, not presents;”
  • Sue Palmer, Toxic Childhood
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The fragmentation of family

  • Key Challenge
  • How can we promote the importance of strong families and offer support to parents in their key task of raising children and young people?
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The power of the media

  • Is society paranoid schizophrenic?

Young people are vulnerable and in need of protection

Young people are a threat to society and we need protecting

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The power of the media

  • 71% of stories in the press about young people are negative and
  • only 14% are positive
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The power of the media

  • 1.5 million people in Britain considered moving away because of fear of trouble
  • from young people
  • 2004/05 British Crime Survey
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The power of the media

  • In 2003 alone…
  • 35% of children aged 10 to 15 were victims of crime, with 19% experiencing 5 or more incidents
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The power of the media

  • “Young people are 10 times more likely to be actively volunteering in the community than committing offences”
  • Elaine Peace, NCH children’s charity
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The power of the media

  • Key Challenge
  • How can we act as advocates in society promoting value and respect for children and young people today?
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The pervasiveness of technology

  • In 2006, 8 out of 10 children aged 5 to 16 in the UK had a TV in their room
  • Nearly 1.5 million young people (approximately 1 in 5 children) have access to the internet in their bedroom.
  • In 2006, 49% of children aged 8 to 11 and 82% of those aged 12 to 15 had their own mobile phone.
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The pervasiveness of technology

  • Key Challenge
  • How can we help children and young people to make appropriate use of technology, and also provide paths to help them out of destructive habits (e.g. internet pornography)?
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The influence of peers

  • In a 2001/02 survey
  • just 45% of boys and 56% of girls aged 11
  • in England stated that their friends
  • were ‘kind and helpful’
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The influence of peers

  • % of young people who are sometimes…
  • “afraid of going to school because of bullying”
  • 28% of girls and 20% of boys aged 12 to 13
  • 22% for girls and 15% for boys aged 14 to 15
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The influence of peers

  • Key Challenge
  • How can we provide regular opportunities for children and young people to mix with different peers for the purpose of positive influence and respect?
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The drought of play facilities

  • Only 17% of young people agreed with
  • the statement…
  • “My area cares about its young people”
  • 2006 Good Childhood inquiry, initiated by the Children’s Trust,
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The drought of play facilities

  • Positive outcomes of structured play activities/facilities:
  • Lower rates of school failure and drop out
  • Heightened school engagement
  • Better academic performance
  • Increased aspirations for the future
  • Reduced problem behaviour
  • Development of personal and social skills
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased self-esteem and sense of identity(2006 Public Policy Research)
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The drought of play facilities

  • Key Challenge
  • How can we work with communities to provide an exciting range of activities that are accessible for children and young people in every area across the country?
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The side-lining of the church

  • 50% of churches have a youth ministry
  • Only 4% - 10% of UK youth are regularly connected
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The side-lining of the church

  • Key Challenge
  • How can we help the church be ‘re-positioned’ as a life-giving hub of the community?
  • What can we offer that young people really need e.g. guidance, acceptance, love and significance?
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The “signs of the times”

• The tsunami of consumerism

• The apathy for healthy living

• The inequality of wealth

• The evolution of education

• The fragmentation of family

• The power of the media

• The pervasiveness of technology

• The influence of peers

• The drought of play facilities

• The side-lining of church

“Train a child in the way he should go,

and when he is old he will not turn from it”

Proverbs 22:6

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The “signs of the times”

"This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. My children are destitute

because the enemy has prevailed”

Lamentations 1:16

“Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street.”

Lamentations 2:19

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SHALOM

The good news that brings wholeness and well-being to the whole person

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What is God like?

  • Incommunicable attributes:
  • Omnipotence – all powerful
  • Omniscience – all knowing
  • Omnipresence – ever present
  • Communicable attributes:(taken from ‘Christ Empowered Living’ – Selywn Hughes)
  • God is a personal being who relates(Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8)
  • God is a rational being who thinks(Psalm 144:3, Psalm 139:17)
  • God is an emotional being who feels(Lamentations 1:16, Zephaniah 3:17)
  • God is a volitional being who chooses(1 Corinthians 1:27, Revelation 4:11)
  • In Jesus, God is a physical being (John 1:14)
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Made in the image of God?

“To put it in its simplest form, being made in God’s image mean that when the Almighty designed the first human pair, He saw something of Himself reflected in them.”

Selwyn Hughes, ‘Christ Empowered Living’

God

God is a personal being who relates

We

Relate

Result of the Fall

Broken relationships

God is a rational being who thinks

Think

Broken minds

God is a emotional being who feels

Feel

Broken emotions

God is a volitional being who chooses

Choose

Broken choices

God made us in His image as physical beings who can relate, think, feel and choose

Broken bodies

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The mission of God…

“The history of the human race can be summed up in four concise phrases:

Man formed, man deformed, man informed, man transformed”Martin Lloyd-Jones

  • The Gospel of Shalom is about God, through Jesus, restoring us back to wholeness…
  • relational wholeness
  • rational wholeness
  • emotional wholeness
  • volitional wholeness
  • …and eventually physical wholeness
  • physical
  • spiritual
  • “And the child grew and became strong;
  • he was filled with wisdom,
  • and the grace of God was upon him”
  • Luke 2:40
  • rational, emotional, volitional
  • relational
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The mission of God…

“The history of the human race can be summed up in four concise phrases:

Man formed, man deformed, man informed, man transformed”Martin Lloyd-Jones

  • The Gospel of Shalom is about God, through Jesus, restoring us back to wholeness…
  • relational wholeness
  • rational wholeness
  • emotional wholeness
  • volitional wholeness
  • …and eventually physical wholeness
  • physical
  • rational, emotional, volitional
  • “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature,
  • and in favour with God and men”
  • Luke 2:52
  • relational
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The mission of God…

“The history of the human race can be summed up in four concise phrases:

Man formed, man deformed, man informed, man transformed”Martin Lloyd-Jones

  • The Gospel of Shalom is about God, through Jesus, restoring us back to wholeness…
  • relational wholeness
  • rational wholeness
  • emotional wholeness
  • volitional wholeness
  • …and eventually physical wholeness

The good news of Jesus Christ offers spiritual, emotional, mental, and relational healing and wholeness to every man, women and child – both now and for all eternity .

“We were made by God, and made for God, and our identity will never be fully complete until we relate to God”Augustine 4th Century

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Dreaming the Kingdom dream

“Some men see things as they are and ask, “why?”

I dream of things that never were and ask, “why not?”.

George Bernard Shaw

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Dreaming the Kingdom dream

“Where there is no vision, the people perish”

Proverbs 29:18

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Dreaming the Kingdom dream

What is your dream?

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Our dream…

To release a movement of radical young people,

committed to taking the good news

of Jesus Christ to every generation

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Our passion…

To help young people live lives of

faith, hope and love through Jesus Christ

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Our commitments…

  • Creating family
  • Living adventurously
  • Serving each other
  • Working together to reach our full potential
  • Partnering with other organisations
  • Striving for excellence in all we do
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Mobilising volunteers

Smaller Areas

Bigger Regions

Growth

Equality

Local Groups

Regional Volunteers

Regional Directors

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Equipping leaders

  • Meeting plans
  • Drama sketches
  • Articles
  • Devotionals
  • Training
  • Networking
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Special Events

Holidays

Community Projects

Training Programmes

Leadership Opportunities

Age

5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19+

Empowering young people

Development

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Developing a healthy youth ministry

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,         Whose heart is set on pilgrimage”

Psalm 84:5

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God is much closer than you think

Moving from….what do we need to do?

Moving to…what is God doing?

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Anxiety-based youth ministry

  • Anxiety seeks control
  • Anxiety seeks professionals
  • Anxiety wants products
  • Anxiety lifts up gurus
  • Anxiety rests in results
  • Anxiety seeks conformity
  • Anxiety wants activity
  • Anxiety seeks answers

“We have to allow God to ‘de-programme’ us from habitually relating to kids as projects that need managing rather than persons who need God’s love and trust”

Mark Yaconelli, Contemplative Youth Ministry

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Creating a journey…

The broader the range of young people aimed at, the lower the Christian ‘pitch’ should be

Christian ‘Pitch’

The higher the Christian ‘pitch’,

the narrower the range

of young people

effectively

reached

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Creating a journey…

Detached youth work

Schools work

Special events

Weekly ‘outreach’ clubs

Celebrations

Cells

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Enjoyment

Education

“…let’s make a group decision to drop once and for all the Bible-as-owner’s-manual metaphor. It’s terrible. It really is…When was the last time you read the owner’s manual for your toaster? Do you find it remotely inspiring and meaningful?...We have to embrace the Bible as the wild, uncensored, passionate account it is of people experiencing the living God…”

Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis

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Enjoyment

Education

“…the sacred stories found in the Bible are part of the great story of God, through Jesus, reconciling the world. But we do more than just tell these stories; we believe and live into these stories. We allow these stories to penetrate our understanding of life, to form and shape us, to guide and articulate our own experience…

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Enjoyment

Education

“…The stories of Scripture are windows into the nature of God and humanity and our relationship to one another. They are stories that help us repent, heal, learn, grow and stretch toward God’s love and wholeness…

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Enjoyment

Education

“…We don’t just want them to read or hear the stories of Jesus, we want to allow them to enter into these stories. We give them invitations to find themselves in Scripture, to use the words and images of Scripture to deepen their experience of God…We ask them to tell us where they’ve seen or experienced the story in Scripture taking place today”

Mark Yaconelli, Contemplative Youth Ministry

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“We don’t need to ‘deliver’ God to young people. We simply need to help young people to notice the ways in which each and every one of them is already in relationship with God. Our role is to help young people notice the ways in which Jesus is already near, already seeking trust and friendship.”

Mark Yaconelli,

Contemplative Youth Ministry

Enjoyment

Education

Example

Experience

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Enjoyment

Education

Example

Experience

  • We point
  • We question
  • We invite
  • We create
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Relationship

Enjoyment

Education

Example

Experience

Empower

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Never give up!

“Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come”

Psalms 71:18

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Physical

Emotional

Self

Relational

Mental

Spiritual

Staying the course

  • Get FOCUSED
  • Get CONNECTED
  • Get ACCOUNTABLE
  • Get BALANCE
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Staying the course

  • Get FOCUSED
  • Get CONNECTED
  • Get ACCOUNTABLE
  • Get BALANCE
  • Get CLOSE
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“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” Jesus was in the habit of taking ‘time out’ (Luke 5:15 – 16)

“After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself”Jesus was did not seek the praise of people (John 6:14 – 15)

“Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else - to the nearby villages - so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.“Jesus was not driven by the agenda of people (Mark 1:36 – 38)

“The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”Jesus knew that His disciples needed ‘time out’ (Mark 6:30 – 32)

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Jesus invited people to find rest in Him (Matthew 11:28 – 30)

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