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Rich Atkinson

The chocolate cushion lesson

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“Oh my goodness this is a mess,” said Jane.   Jane was in our youth group and had an eclectic dress sense, a great sense of humour and had only recently joined our little church community.   I was new in post as the youth worker at our church and was fresh faced, enthusiastic and ready to change the world…

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If Youth Want to Leave, Let Them Leave

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It’s an interesting time for youth work across the western world right now. Rightly, many are questioning in an environment where financial resources in the church are stretched more than ever before what the return on investment has been on the last decade of finance being pumped into a generation. This in my mind (although this may surprise many of…

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Sports – From Idols Into Mission Strategy

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I have done outreach and discipleship amongst youth and young adults here in Sheffield in the UK for 11 years now and one of the biggest distractions I have seen for young people is Sports.  I’ve spoken to so many youth workers who are tearing their hair out because they keep losing their young people because sports commitments come ahead…

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Back to the future: What does the young adult ministry of the future look like?

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By Rich Atkinson “It’s time for a revolution – a revolution that changes those ever-depressing facts we hear about youth and young adults walking away from the church.” I’ve sat in so many meetings and conferences where I’ve heard someone (or been someone) giving this rallying cry. It seems we all agree that it’s time for something different that stems the…

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