Monday, November 03, 2008

Christian Youthwork
I'm a bit behind on these things, but I downloaded the report, call to action and resource ideas that came out of last years FYT led "The Future of Christian Youthwork. Definitely worth a look!
The Call to Action suggests :
1) That 2009 be a year when young people are invested in, celebrated and empowered in
churches, Christian organisations and the wider community.
2) That churches and Christian organisations commit to spending at least 25% of their
income on working with young people - especially marginalized young people.
3) That Government commit to long-term funding of Christian faith-based youth work.

Quite a challenge!
Not sure about number 3 - of course I see value in it, but not sure in post-christendom we can really expect the government to fund anything but their own agendas (even though a lot of Christian youth work meets their agendas and criteria).
Points 1 and 2 are things that I will ponder on. Number 1 should go without saying, but I'm not naive enough to believe it either is happening or will happen, so welcome the call for a special effort, especially as 2009 is "Year of the Child".

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