Five suggestions for Christian students ahead of sports initiations

A while ago, I was sitting with a group of Christian students who were chatting about sports team initiations. The question was posed: what advice would they give to Christian Freshers about how to deal with them? For some Christians, the thought of the initiation is enough to put them off joining a sports society; … Continue reading Five suggestions for Christian students ahead of sports initiations

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Know Your Local Universities: in praise of statistics

At Student Worker Forum a few weeks ago, I shared some statistical information which is freely available and which can help us get to know our different settings better. This information can help both contextualise our ministry appropriately, and help us make plans that are realistic and with eyes of faith.  A great place to … Continue reading Know Your Local Universities: in praise of statistics

The nominal Liverpool supporter and the nominal Christian

What’s the best way of taking conversations further with those who describe themselves as Christian, but who clearly don’t understand the gospel or who show no sign of spiritual life? Though affiliation with no religious belief continues to rise amongst young people, around one-third of Britain’s 18-24 year olds still self-identify as Christian.  For the … Continue reading The nominal Liverpool supporter and the nominal Christian

Freshers, local churches and Whatsapp

It’s amazing how technological changes affect the face of student ministry.  Trying to work with students without a smartphone is almost unimaginable.  And whilst the ubiquity of the smartphone can be frustrating, it also brings into reality some tremendous opportunities that just didn’t exist a few years ago. One conversation that I’ve come back to … Continue reading Freshers, local churches and Whatsapp