Following on from my post at the DYO conference the other week, I thought I'd share my notes from Chris Curtis' session with us, before the notebook goes awry or I lose the sense of what he was saying.
Are DYO's mad or heroic?
A cross between Mighty Mouse, Wonderwoman and Inspector Gadget!
The church needs DYO's to be: Perception Changers, Dream Casters and Hope Chasers
Perception Changers: the church's view of young people is often profoundly mistaken. The Church is at a point where it believes it has nothing left to offer young people, a crisis of confidence and we minister into the midst of that. We need to change the idea of what youth work is, how it works and where it happens...
Chris shared a poem by Rose written in a school in Luton which included the line: God is in the midnight shadow that might have been there if the cloud only moved.
Dream Casters: Chris shared a picture of a bridge in Honduras which had ended up crossing nothing as the the river changed course after a hurrican hit the country. When does a bridge stop being a bridge? This is almost a picture of where the church now finds itself.
What should the bridge builders do in response to this disaster which is not their fault? What should the church do in response to where it now finds itself? Many churches are not able to dream themselves out of this situation - need Youth Advisers to be the dream casters and ask "What is the new road?".
Hope Chasers: Failure in all areas of life is a certainty. The Church and young people need Youth Adviser's to to keep us going when things don't work out.
Chris used a boat origami making activity to help us pray for parishes. Encouraging us to pray for them in sensing going to where the river is NOW. Might now be very fast moving and feel treacherous.