Mentoring is a game of give and take - it’s offering wisdom and sharing but also probing and nudging your mentee. Try a round of ‘Would you rather?’ to open up discussions. Allow them to ask you some too,... More

Youth ministry is often earmarked by its use of tenuous links. Making bread is a good one (to lead into talking about what ‘yeast’ we allow to grow and rise in our lives) or having a Nerf gun fight (to... More

I was mentoring a musician this week who has a new single called ‘Victorious’. It’s about overcoming tough things that stand in your way and hold you back (in her case, dyslexia). In the same breath as... More

There is precious little instruction and guided reflection on how to have a healthy (offline) social network and how to develop a range of healthy relationships. There’s no qualifications needed to become... More

I heard a story of a mentee who said that he holds back in relationships to protect people from himself. He felt so negative about his bad points and shameful secrets that he felt he needed to put up walls... More

Unlike business, which can collect data on performance, or social media, which can count ‘likes’ and ‘shares,’ things-of-thespirit are rather more tricky to quantify. More

What’s the most precious thing you have ever lost? When I was 18 I had my backpack pinched – and with it, a diary I had kept for several years, including throughout my amazing gap year teaching in Tanzania.... More

This week I went for a walk with a young guy in the Peak District near Sheffield. He grew up in the youth group I used to run and has since moved away, but during the holidays, he made the effort to come... More

YouTube channels are big business these days – teenagers are earning millions of pounds, getting millions of views each month and often making careers out of it. Of course, the majority of teenagers are... More

One of the few preaches that has really stuck with me over the years is from my childhood, and annoyingly for me back then, it was from my dad! He said, ‘This January, don’t make resolutions, make resolve.’... More