Youthwork: Theory & Practice etc.

Theory and practice and other useful titles for Youth Workers.

The Faith of Generation Y: Explorations



by Sylvia Collins-Mayo, Bob Mayo, Sally Nash with Christopher Cocksworth


If you work with young people then this is a fantastic book to read and really does offer forward some quite strong insights into how the younger generation are identifying and reacting to and with faith. This is a crucial understanding that we need to get to grips with if we really want to communicate our faith to them and have them engage with it. I think the chapter on Bedroom Spirituality and Lost in Transmission were perhaps the strongest chapters for me but I expect that different chapters might resonate more with others depending on their engagement with youth and the settings they work in.
It is largely an intelligent and well formed study on Generation Y, with some interesting theological considerations included and an interesting section on Fresh Expressions as well. It is of course in nature biased towards an Anglican audience as one would expect coming from Church House Publishing but nevertheless still relevant to any faith group at its core level. I’m not sure I agree with all their conclusions but I certainly think it is a good book and something people need to read – and not just the youth leaders of the church either.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (14/07/11)
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Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-715-14206-6

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Street Smart

- Practical Skills for Connecting With Young People

by John Robinson with Jan Greenhough


This book is a must for those interested in doing real youth ministry and reaching outside the captive congregations youth and into the community. Subtitled Practical skills for connecting with young people it really does offer some strong insights and advice on what not to do alongside what to do when working with young people and outreaching. That said is this a ground breaking book? No, it says little not said before, however what it does do is set it out in a clean and concise manner that looks not back at the past but where we are today as a society and how we can work with things as they are. It is not a hearts and flowers book but it is a positive book on the things that can be done to reach the church beyond the boundaries and it is definitely something that is needed. If it reminds me of anything then I think it's probably that it's the equivalent of street pastor training for youth workers and on that level it's great. Definitely one for all churches and essential for new youth ministries.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (30/05/11)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: January 2011
ISBN: 978-1-854-24903-6

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Slugs and Snails and Puppy Dogs’ Tails

- Helping Boys Connect with God

by Carolyn Edwards


The spirituality of a boy’s faith is a challenging thing, so here comes a timely, precious and wise resource. Mindset, resourcing, reason and heart are excellently communicated here by Carolyn Edwards for the sake of a precious generation of boys. The ten spiritual connections that lie at the heart of this title are epic. The dragonfly spirituality and qualities unpacked here are meaty and expressing existence of a child’s formation in God’s likeness. Creativity, theology, sociology and pastoral care are thoroughly explored in this pacey read.
The appendices and other researched notes throughout reflect the depth and trustworthiness of the author. There is conviction: Christ and the child are well integrated for use in schools and children's work across the nation and beyond. Congratulations are due to Edwards and IVP in this valued new offering!

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Review by Johnny Douglas  (06/05/11)
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Publisher: IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-844-74523-4

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Lazy, Anti-social and Selfish?

- Stories of Hope From a New Generation

by Gavin Calver & Simeon Whiting


As the title tells you, these are real stories about young people, who in today's society are often seen as uncaring and mindless, even frightening, and certainly not associated with Church. These stories with accompanying comments and thoughts, highlight the difficulties some young people certainly do have, but how they can overcome them and not only help themselves, but also serve the Church and society. Not a “how to” youth work book, but one to inspire a jaded youth worker or to encourage someone to believe youth work is worth the effort. Also, of possible use to hand out to Church Council members considering starting up youth work in their Church.

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Review by Carole Burrows  (17/03/10)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-854-24916-6

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Mend the Gap

- Can the Church Reconnect the Generations?

by Jason Gardner


I have to be honest this book is touted as an analysis of the generational gap aimed at youth-workers, Church Leaders and Parents in order to stop the rot, for want of a better term. However for me, though it may be a book for Youth Workers and church -leaders it isn’t one that really helps in the generational rebalance. It is an interesting book for a youth-worker, but (though not simplistic) much of it is obvious and it is biased to the youth with the emphasis being on change being needed within the older generations to solve the problems. Definitely an interesting book for a youth-worker as it does have some good material on youth spirituality and society.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (22/11/08)
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Publisher: IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-844-74284-4

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Youth Work after Christendom



by Jo and Nigel Pimlott


This is a very helpful consideration of youth work today and a much needed guide. Particularly useful is the exploration of HUP (homogeneous unit principle), which will be useful elsewhere. I love the end about paradox. I think that word opens so many doors and the observations so true and advice helpful. I wrote Grove Paradox in the Gospel and would love to write more about that subject as a means of not only coping about questions of faith, but in finding faith in the first place. So, a book which is most enlightening and full of illustrations about youth work, but with far more implications for other groups of people beyond that.

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Review by Jim Currin  (23/10/08)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: Paternoster Press imprint of Authentic Media
Published: July 2008
ISBN: 978-1-842-27605-1

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- A Catholic Youth Formation Ministry Resource

by Karen North, Rebecca Barber, David O’Connell, and John Toryusen

ISBN: 978-0-852-31348-0
Price: £11.95

Published: February 2008
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Mission-Shaped Youth

- Rethinking Young People and the Church

by Tim Sudworth

ISBN: 978-0-715-14082-6
Price: £7.99

Published: 2007
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Young People + Worship

- A Practical Guide

Edited by Mark Montgomery

ISBN: 978-0-715-14057-4
Price: £11.99

Published: 2007
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Young People + Mission

- A Practical Guide

Edited by Alison and David Booker

ISBN: 978-0-715-14060-4
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Published: 2007
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Top Tips: On Welcoming Special Children

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working With Children

by Denise Abrahall

ISBN: 978-1-844-27126-9
Price: £2.99

Published: 08 August 2005
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Top Tips: On All-Age Worship

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working With Children

by Nick Harding

ISBN: 978-1-844-27125-2
Price: £2.99

Published: 08 August 2005
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Top Tips: On Handling Difficult Behaviour

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working With Children

by Graham Finch

ISBN: 978-1-844-27124-5
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Published: 10 October 2005
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Top Tips: On Reaching Unchurched Children

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working With Children

by Helen Franklin

ISBN: 978-1-844-27127-6
Price: £2.99

Published: 08 August 2005
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The A-Z of Ministry With Children



by Owen Shelley with Michael Perini and others

ISBN: 978-1-876-79442-2
Price: £8.99

Published: 2005
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Growing Souls

- Experiments in Contemplative Youth Ministry

by Mark Yaconelli

ISBN: 978-0-281-05937-9
Price: £9.99

Published: 19 July 2007
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Reluctant Prophets & Clueless Disciples

- Introducing the Bible by Telling Its Stories

by Robert Darden

ISBN: 978-0-687-49395-1
Price: £14.99

Published: September 2006
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Contemplative Youth Ministry

- Practicing the Presence of Jesus

by Mark Yaconelli

ISBN: 0-310-26777-3
Price: £11.99

Published: 02 June 2006
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Teenagers: Why Do They Do That?



by Nick Pollard

ISBN: 1-904-75313-2
Price: £6.99

Published: 08 March 2006
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Saving Sex

- Answers to Teenager’s Questions about Relationships and Sex

by Trevor Stammers and Tim Doak

ISBN: 1-904-75314-0
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Published: 2006
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