Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Are you sitting comfortably

I wouldn't want anyone to fall over at the shock of there actually being a post on here.

We're just over half way through a week of school assemblies based around some FABULOUS resources from and I am really pleased with how they've gone so far. We'vegot a good balance of relevance(including Florence andthe Machine which has gone down even better than I expected!) and religion. We have Bible passages and yet also words of wisdom from Nelson Mandela. I also get to weild and mallet and smash a couple of chocolate Easter eggs as students look on in horror!

This is all part of me really enjoying work at the moment. What with recording a reflective prayer walk at the Uni recording studio and composing a new resource for young adults groups with the training and development department, I'm loving the creativity!

Hopefully the new burst of creativity might also result in more blogging- you never know!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Women in Youth Ministry

I received this in an email from an American colleague. If you are a woman in youth ministry do please have a look at their survey

Amy Jacober and I are doing research in preparation for a paper on women in youth ministry, which we hope to present at the January 2011 IASYM conference. We, along with Kara Powell, have analyzed the results of the US version of our survey which was launched last November. We now hope, with your help, to see how women youth workers in other settings both understand and experience youth ministry. Our projected January 2011 paper will be a comparison and analysis of the US survey (947 respondents) with those who respond to this invitation.

The survey covers a wide range of topics. As you will see, we have focused some questions on issues relating to youth ministry and feminist ideologies and how these have intersected in your experience as a youth worker.

We know your time is valuable. We ask you to invest some of that precious time here. It will take about 10 minutes if you just answer the “click on the appropriate choice” questions. If you want to say more, however (and we hope you will) there is ample opportunity in the survey to narrate to your heart’s content.

We hope you’ll find the questions themselves interesting. Some questions may make you mad. If the later is the case, we want to hear about it.

Just click on the link or cut and paste into your browser.

If you want to see the research paper that will come out of this survey, you can indicate as such at the survey’s end.

Thank you! We expect the results of the survey to be of help to women in youth ministry (volunteer or paid) as well as those who do youth ministry education.


Amy Jacober, Truett Theological Seminary, Waco, Texas.

Leonard Kageler (Nyack College, Nyack, New York)