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The ignite ‘blog’ is moving

Posted: February 15, 2018 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

After more than 16 years of providing a space for collaborative youth ministry the blog and associated resources and features is moving over to a Facebook group page.

The ‘Youth Ministry Network’ group has been on the go for almost five years and has steadily built up a broadly based membership that very closely aligns with the purposes for which was constructed. We believe that this move will prove easier to administrate and naturally allow for much more interactive engagement with leaders and groups.

I hope that you have found Ignite a helpful place in your journey towards supporting young people in the faith and those who work with them.  To access the calendar of events and job vacancies and other features you simply need to be on Facebook and request to join the ‘Youth Ministry Network’ group.

See you there!


Three steps will help you evaluate every new or foreign idea to anticipate if it is a good fit for your organization, and then determine how exactly it will affect your vision, strategy, and values.

Well worth a very quick read..

5 Questions to Help Pick Your Battles

Posted: October 6, 2017 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

Not every conflict, will necessarily be resolved. Sometimes two people may have to agree to disagree and, if necessary, be willing to go separate ways to avoid future conflict. (Read the conflict between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15.)

Based on the disclaimers listed, here are five questions to help pick your battles:

Nothing will change your future trajectory like habits.

We all have goals, big or small, things we want to achieve within a certain time frame. Some people want to make a million dollars by the time they turn 30. Some people want to lose 20 pounds before summer. Some people want to write a book in the next six months. When we begin to chase an intangible or vague concept (success, wealth, health, happiness), making a tangible goal is often the first step.

Habits are processes operating in the background that power our lives. Good habits help us reach our goals. Bad ones hinder us. Either way, habits powerfully influence our automatic behavior.

The difference between habits and goals is not semantic. Each requires different forms of action.

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There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels – our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the last 15 years. You will hear concerns similar to mine. Moreover, in the past 15 years, researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids’ mental illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:


It began 500 years ago this year. It shaped your life and mine, and that of billions of other people since. Yet few realise that anymore.

It led to creation of the United States of America, Europe as it is today, most of Africa, modern capitalism and its proliferation, the ascendancy of the individual, the existence of democracy as we now know it, and the evolution, geo-politically, of “the West”.

Excellent article from the Irish Times

Recommended Christmas reading

Posted: December 8, 2016 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

If you are wondering what you will do with those inevitable Christmas book vouchers or what on earth to buy for that special friend – problem solved !

I asked our top Christian ‘thought leaders’ what they’ve been reading recently and would like to pass on to others – and some of them have very kindly taken the time to share the following:

Peter Lynas
‘You are what you love’ by James K A Smith.
Smyth argues that we are not brains on sticks but worshipping, desiring beings. Nike understands people better than most churches do because like most advertising it appeals to our hearts not our heads. If Smith is right, and I think he is, then the whole way we have been doing church, discipleship etc has to change. If worship (and by that Smith means a lot more than music) is about formation, we will begin to appreciate why form matters. How we do stuff matters and much as what we do.

This is genuine game changing stuff from the hottest new Christian thinker and this book is a much more accessible version of some of his previous stuff. Get a sample here  and a further 2 minutes specifically on youth work 

If you do this this book don’t come to any of my talks for a year :-) he has totally influenced my thinking!

On Guard by William Lane Craig.
I’d pitch it a notch up from some of Lee Strobel’s apologetic books such as Case for Faith (worth a read) but still very accessible as an informative and practical read.

Dirty Glory by Pete Grieg
(haven’t finished it but I will have very soon) love the writing style and raw truth of the stories from Pete.

The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson
…Is a great motivator for prayer. A story that’s totally gripping me for 2017

New Evangelisation by Cardinal Donald Wuerl a short but brilliant read, especially for those from the Catholic tradition.

Simon Henry
I have read John Piper “Money Sex and Power” recently very good. Very accessible to read and generally a short read, would be a good gift for men!

Rick Hill
Rumours of God by Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead.
It’s all about exploring some of the rumours about God that exist in society and discovering how some of them are actually true. Great read with a nice mix of story and concept.

Stu Bothwell 
‘The Road to Character’ by David Brooks
I’ll admit it, I’m a David Brooks fanboy & his latest book on virtues, humility and growing in character was my read of the year. Drawing on a host of remarkable stories, Brooks leads to see that living out ‘eulogy’ virtues, rather than bragging out the kind of virtues we’d put on a CV is key in our formation into maturity.

‘Sacred Fire’ by Ronald Rolheiser
By distinguishing the different seasons of our apprenticeship of Jesus, Rolheiser insightfully allows us to see a wider perspective on discipleship and growth.

“When we fail to distinguish among the different seasons of our lives and how these interface with the challenges and invitations that God and life send us, we are in danger of hurting ourselves in two ways: first, by trying to take on too much when we are not ready for it, and second, by not taking on enough when we are ready for it.”

Jasper Rutherford
You are what you love – James Smith.
Fantastic book about habits and rhythms about following Jesus.
The ‘Christmas Book Club’ is inspired by the ‘Book Well’ – please do consider ordering from them rather than some other huge online retailers ;-)

And if you really want to hear about what Bill Gates has been reading this year !