Bryden Black Responds To The SWG Interim Report

A Response to the Interim Report of the Working Group

I’m not certain whether this “accommodation” is “beautiful” or not. It is certainly an accommodation. That is to say, it is an organizational, and therefore political, solution to a perceived human problem. And as such, it might indeed have much to commend it (e.g. Orders of Consecrated Life; Respectful Climate). Whether it is also an appropriate and due Church solution - that is something else again, entirely.

 

The Myth of the Lazy Teen

Barna Research Releases in Family & Kids • September 2, 2016

There’s been plenty of debate about teens and their social justice “slacktivism,” but how much truth is there to the claim that young people are only taking action with 140 characters or less? A new study from Barna shows that teens are actively engaged in service and volunteer projects and youth ministry is a primary channel through which they serve. In partnership with Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna conducted a major study on the state of youth ministry in the United States, which included a look at service and volunteering trends among teens. Here are some of the key findings:

Pastors and Parents Differ on Youth Ministry Goals

Barna Research Releases in Family & Kids • March 22, 2017

A few years ago, The Atlantic ran a cover story called “The Overprotected Kid.” The piece argued that a preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking and discovery—without making it safer. The ensuing discussion raised a number of questions about the tug-of-war between a parent’s protective instincts and their desire to raise fearless kids. This dynamic plays out in schools and child care centers across the country, but is acutely felt in youth ministries. Are the parental priorities of safety shared by youth pastors and leaders? Whose goals take precedence? In partnership with Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna conducted a major study on the state of youth ministry in the United States, which included a look at the expectations of pastors, youth leaders, and parents.

A Single-Minded Church

There are more married people in church than single people. You probably already know this just from looking around every Sunday—but here’s some data to prove it. According to a recent Barna study, less than a quarter of active churchgoers are single (23%). Comparing to the national average, the 2014 U.S. census estimates that more than half of Americans (54%) between the ages of 18 to 49 are single (either never married or divorced). Young adults are also getting married later in life. This means that your church should be filling up at least half of your pews with single people.

WHY THE REFORMATION STILL MATTERS! SAVE THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARIES!

This Lecture being given by Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College in Sydney, will be on the subject: 'Why the Reformation Still Matters' for this year's William Orange Memorial Lecture.

Presented by the Latimer Fellowship of NZ, this Lecture will be held on:

Sunday the 20th of August at 2:30pm

                        at

St Margaret's Anglican Church, Hillsborough, Auckland

A Warm Welcome to the new Chairman of the AFFIRM Council, Rev Paul Williamson

Rev Paul Williamson pictured here with his wife Rev Dr Dale Williamson, has recently become the new Chairman of the AFFIRM Council.

Paul and Dale are the Co-Vicars of Holy Trinity Tauranga and have been members of AFFIRM since its inception.  

Holy Trinity is an AFFIRM parish and Dale is the Prayer Co-ordinator for AFFIRM.

We ask for God's guidance and blessing for Paul in this new appointment.

Paul & Dale Williamson

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