The Grove Booklet Series is one that, for me at least, helps to provoke thinking and discussion. Their very nature means that they are easy to digest but they are best read when chewed over for a time. One of the most recent in the youth series is “Sacralized Youth Work” from Sally Nash.
This booklet questions our approach to youth work and helps Christian youth workers bridge the gap between the secular and the sacred. Many of the ideas expressed here relate with the ‘Generation Y’ books recently published and so, to those that have digested them, this is a whistlestop tour of the developed thinking there.
According to Nash, there are 5 key elements to sacralized youth work which are: Place, Conversation, Shared Experience, Fun and Journeying. These are fleshed out a little through the booklet and worth wrestling through with your team.
The one quote that has stuck with me over the last few weeks since reading my copy is; “young people wanted to talk more about spiritual matters, more than the youth workers gave them opportunity.” This quote should challenge us all.
Get hold of a few copies and read it through – it will be worth it!