Wednesday Wisdom

Stamina and material permitting, this is the start of a series of posts which will feature snippets of wisdom from many sources. Please feel free to comment below if you’d like to contribute your own wisdom.

As I’m currently working hard towards the mid-year submission for the long-double Fieldwork module, the following couldn’t be more apt:

Done is better than perfect.

Tempting though it may be at times, this does not represent my approach to either my academic work or youth work. It may, however, have been my approach to re-decorating the kitchen recently ;o)

MK Vineyard Presentation (updated)

[Welcome to anyone visiting from MK Vineyard Church – please introduce yourself in the comments section below…]

This morning, along with my Minster, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation to the MK Vineyard Church about our new Youth Project for Central Bletchley & Fenny Stratford, and inviting them to become partners in the project. We were made very welcome, and we were delighted with the response. The Leadership Team will be considering the financial contribution they feel able to make, and we’ve had offers from five people to volunteer as Staff members and we’re looking forward to getting to know them.

The project will be run under the supervision of the Crosslinks Centre, in partnership with Spurgeon Baptist Church, MK Youth Service & MK Vineyard Church with anticipated support from Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council. I’m involved in setting up the project as part of my Degree course in Youth & Community Work & Applied Theology at the Centre for Youth Ministry [Oxford], but the plan is to create an ongoing and completely sustainable Youth Project.

Here’s the presentation, which I hope makes some sense without my commentary and you can also listen to and download the audio of the talk courtesy of MK Vineyard:

If you have any questions about the project please let me know.

Taking Youth Ministry Seriously

Just a few months after I tried to sign up, my details have finally come through and I can now reveal that I’m the newest and freshest* member of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry. The IASYM is the association “for everyone who takes youth ministry seriously”:

Our aim is to support and develop the professionalisation of youth ministry around the world. In particular, we focus on furthering the academic study and research of youth and youth ministry (children, teens and young adults), the formal teaching and training of youth ministry (at universities, seminaries, denominations, parachurch organisations, local ministries, or wherever else it may occur), and all those involved in career youth ministry and in the growth and development of youth ministry as a recognised profession.

I’m just skimming some of the recent articles in the association’s Journal of Youth and Theology and hoping that some will be useful for my third term at CYM.

* I can’t prove that I’m the freshest member – apologies for the unsubstantiated claim.

Erikson on Intimacy…

I’m currently studying for my “Learners and Learning: Individuals” module – looking particularly at identity in adolescence. It’s interesting to overlay the theories of Erikson and others to my personal development and see how well they fit. The following quote in particular struck me as I applied it to my life.

“Intimacy is the ability to fuse your identity with somebody else’s without fear that you’re going to lose something yourself.” –Erik Erikson

I had been single for quite some time, but then my “someone special” entered into my life, and we’re currently two months away from our wedding. For both of us it’s been an amazing six months so far and quite a learning curve, but I think we agree that it’s come just at the right time for both of us – perhaps because we’re now secure enough in who we are to “fuse” with someone else without fear.

Anyway, that’s enough procrastinating for one day, back to the books…

This week at Uni…


  • A grade for my “Principles and Practice of Youth and Community work” assignment
  • B+ for my “Christian Identity and Story: Biblical Studies” assignment
  • the revelation that one of the lecturers received a copy of the Pop-Up Kama Sutra for Christmas

All things considered, a good week and a great start to the New Year!