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I’ve got a question to ask. It is a bit of a big one, but I can’t seem to shake the feeling that the future of our churches and our young people just might depend on us asking it.

We hope, as youth workers, never to have to address the issue it raises. However, we also recognise that this one is so important that we must be preprepared.​

Jesus was born into an age of extreme violence. It is so hard to imagine the daily acts of painful hatred and bloodshed...

The attack in Manchester has sent shockwaves across the country. Maybe because so many of the victims were children and young people, this attack has had a particularly strong impact on children and young people in all parts of the UK.

Have you ever asked a question that you don’t want to know the answer to? How much is this car service going to cost? How much longer is there on this flight? And why don't my jeans fit?

During my first few years in youth ministry, I made countless mistakes. I was too invested, then not invested enough. I laughed a lot, cried a lot, and eventually realised that “youth ministry” is just another way of saying that I learned to love young people with God’s love.

You may feel that you can’t really make much of a difference, or maybe that you can only influence those younger than you. Today, we want to encourage you to live out this quote from John C. Maxwell:

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children and young people?

Wondering what to do in September?

Think God might be calling you to look at youth work or children's work?

Want to be invested in whilst having a chance to grow in leadership?