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Hallmarks of a Healthy Culture - Part 1

Paul Friend and Tim Alford

September 5, 2019 • Paul Friend

Tim sits down with Paul Friend, director of South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), for a chat about how to develop a healthy culture in our youth ministries. What is culture? How do we build and maintain a healthy culture where young people and teams flourish? And what is required of the leader themselves? In this first episode of a two-part conversation, Paul describes three crucial factors that leaders must model if we are to ensure a thriving youth ministry. There is so much wisdom here, so grab a coffee and a notepad, and get ready to start building a healthy culture where you are. Tim introduces the show by talking about seven regional training events for youth and children's ministry teams. For more about LIMITLESS OXYGEN visit limitlesselim.co.uk/oxygen

The Z to A of Spirituality - Part 2

Tim Alford and Laura Hancock • September 23, 2020 • Laura Hancock

What are the things that make it difficult for young people to believe in God? How do young people view the character of God? Why are young people praying less? How courageous are our prayers with young people? Who influences what young people believe? What could inter-generational youth ministry look like? These are just some of the questions we put to Laura Hancock as she unpacks the impact of the latest research from Youth for Christ on our youth ministries. It's a fascinating conversation that is sure to stir your thinking and stimulate new approaches to working with young people. Enjoy!

The Z to A of Spirituality - Part 1

Tim Alford with Laura Hancock • August 25, 2020 • Laura Hancock

Laura Hancock unpicks the recently published from Youth for Christ, The Z to A of Spirituality. It's a fascinating conversation that stimulates all kinds of relevant questions for our youth ministries, including: What is the impact of spiritual experience in the lives of young people? Why do more young people believe in ghosts than God? Have we lost our spiritual awareness? How do youth workers facilitate a healthy spiritual experience with young people? How do we create youth ministries that are unashamedly spiritual without being weird? Why do so many young people have a negative view of church? Do young people believe Jesus was a real person? And just how important is it to equip young people with the tools to share Jesus? And that's just Part 1! Enjoy the conversation.

The mental wellbeing of young people

Discover 6 key elements relating to the mental wellbeing of young people • July 28, 2020 • Joel Harris

Joel Harris returns to the podcast to talk through six key elements relating to the mental wellbeing of young people. These are honesty, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, shame and anger. Joel offers some really helpful analogies that will help us in our pastoral support of young people, as well as discussing the beauty in our brokenness, the power of your own story, and the importance of vulnerability. And if you don't know what a stress bucket is, then this is your moment!