Interviews

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    Q & A: Ishmael

    2019-12-10T00:00:00+00:00By

    Ishmael has spent the last 50 years writing more than 400 songs and sharing the good news of Jesus with children.  He’s authored eleven books and is now a deacon at Chichester Cathedral. Editor Ruth Jackson spoke to him about prioritising children, all-age services and clinging to God through suffering. 

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    Q&A: Francine Rivers

    2019-10-22T00:00:00+01:00By

    Francine Rivers is a multi-award-winning author. She spoke to Ruth Jackson about coming back to church through the influence of a child, the art of storytelling and how to cover difficult topics with young people 

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    Q&A: Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00By

    Ruth Jackson: What was your experience of God as a child?Ore Ogunbiyi: As a young kid living in England I had lots of little Christian books from my auntie and grandma. My mum would take us to a church down the road. But when I moved to Nigeria, I went ...

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    Q&A: Ben Woodman

    2019-02-15T00:00:00+00:00By

    Ben Woodman was a youth pastor in Canada for ten years before joining the Alpha Youth team. He is one of the hosts for the Alpha Youth Series and heads up Alpha Youth globally. Ben spoke with editor Ruth Jackson about young people and evangelism

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    Q&A: David Bennett

    2019-01-21T00:00:00+00:00By

    As a teenager David Bennett was a gay rights activist. At 19 he encountered the Holy Spirit in a gay bar. David spoke to editor Ruth Jackson about how the Church can support gay young people

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    Q&A: Les Isaac

    2018-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By

    Rev Les Isaac OBE founded Ascension Trust 25 years ago, expanding from schools’ work into Street Pastors and numerous other initiatives. Deputy editor Emily Howarth, spoke to him about what he has learned over the years 

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    Q&A: Hannah Bourazza

    2018-10-16T00:00:00+01:00By

    Hannah Bourazza is chief safeguarding officer at youth charity XLP and heads up their mentoring project. She tragically lost her son Nathaniel to knife crime six years ago. Hannah shared of some her story with editor Ruth Jackson.

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    Q&A: Guvna B

    2018-09-17T00:00:00+01:00By

    Multi-award-winning rap artist Guvna B released an album earlier this year that speaks honestly about his grief following his father’s death. Editor Ruth Jackson spoke to Guvna about faith, vulnerability and hope 

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    Q&A Paul Kerensa

    2018-08-23T00:00:00+01:00By

    Award-winning comedian Paul Kerensa has written for TV shows such as Miranda, Not Going Out and Top Gear. Editor Ruth Jackson spoke to him about faith, comedy and writing children’s books

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    Q&A: Wayne Jacobs

    2018-07-05T00:00:00+01:00By

    Ruth Jackson spoke to former premiership footballer Wayne Jacobs about finding God, being a parent and starting One In A Million

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    Q&A: Tim Chaddick

    2018-02-16T00:00:00+00:00By

    Tim Chaddick and his wife Lindsey moved to the UK from California with their three daughters to set up Reality Church London. Editor Ruth Jackson spoke to Tim about family life, church planting and evangelism

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    Q&A: Kenda Creasy Dean

    2017-12-13T00:00:00+00:00By

    Editor Ruth Jackson chatted to Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor and professor of youth, church and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. Kenda has written numerous books, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

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    Q&A: Sally Lloyd-Jones

    2017-11-23T00:00:00+00:00By

    Editor Ruth Jackson spoke to award-winning children’s author, Sally Lloyd-Jones. Sally’s book, The Jesus Storybook Bible, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, having sold over two million copies and been translated into 34 languages.

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    Q&A: Sam Adofo

    2017-09-22T00:00:00+01:00

    The Salmon Youth Centre has been reaching out to young people in inner-city London for more than 100 years. We caught up with the centre’s director, Sam Adofo

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    Q&A: Rev Jeffrey Brown

    2017-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By

    Rev Jeffrey Brown is a Baptist minister in Boston and president of Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace (RECAP), a US organisation seeking to reduce gang violence. Ian Britton spoke to Rev Brown about his story

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    Q&A: Dave Csinos

    2017-05-24T00:00:00+01:00By

    Dave Csinos is assistant professor of practical theology at Atlantic School of Theology and the founder of Faith Forward, an ecumenical organisation for innovation in children’s and youth ministry. He spoke to Jamie Cutteridge about teaching methods, experiential moments and his recent research

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    Q&A: Archbishop Justin Welby

    2017-04-20T00:00:00+01:00

    Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spoke to Premier Youth and Children’s Work about Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement taking place between Ascension and Pentecost, which he is inviting children and young people around the world to join.

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    Q&A: Dr Elizabeth McNaught

    2017-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By

    Elizabeth McNaught was diagnosed with anorexia at 14 and spent periods of her teenage years in hospital and community care. Now a doctor, Elizabeth has told her story in Life hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia. She spoke to Ruth Jackson

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    Q&A: Mike Pilavachi

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    Let’s be honest, Mike Pilavachi is a youth ministry legend who needs little introduction. The author, youth worker and leader and founder of Soul Survivor has influenced the lives of countless young people over the last three decades. He sat down with Jamie Cutteridge to talk about his and Andy Croft’s new book Everyday supernatural, the current state of youth ministry and the last quarter-decade of Soul Survivor

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    Q&A: Hannah Oakland

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00

    Hannah Oakland suffered with postnatal depression following the births of both her children, who are now aged 5 and 3. She runs a support group in association with the charity PANDAS for other parents affected by perinatal mental illness in Reading. She spoke to Lucinda van der Hart about her experiences of motherhood, mental illness and finding God in the midst of it all.

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    Q&A: Shane Claiborne

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00

    Shane Claiborne is a Christian activist who leads The Simple Way community in Philadelphia. He has just released his new book, Executing Grace. Editor Jamie Cutteridge spoke to Shane about justice, Donald Trump, gun violence, young people and Jesus

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    Q&A: Bob Hartman

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00

    Bob Hartman is a performance storyteller who has spent many years writing and telling stories. Bob combines key words, actions and characters to create memorable retellings of Bible stories . We spoke to Bob about storytelling and children’s work

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    Q&A: The Rt Revd Paul Butler Bishop of Durham

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, is no stranger to children’s work. From 1987 to 1994, he worked for children’s and youth work charity, Scripture Union, and is now advocate for children among Church of England bishops. Alex Taylor caught up with Paul to talk about the children and families’ ministry landscape

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    Q&A: Bishop Steven Croft

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    Steven Croft is the Bishop of Sheffield. He was previously Archbishop Rowan Williams’ missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team. Deputy editor Ruth Jackson caught up with Bishop Steven to hear about some of the exciting youth initiatives taking place in Sheffield.

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    Q&A: Pete Greig

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    Pete Greig founded 24-7 Prayer, an international, interdenominational movement of prayer and mission. He’s the author of Red Moon Rising and God on Mute and leads Emmaus Road church in Guildford, with his wife Sammy. Deputy editor Ruth Jackson spoke to Pete about prayer and his vision for young people

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    Q&A: Lucy Moore

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By Sam Donoghue is head of children’s and youth ministry support for the Diocese of London, and consulting editor for Premier Youth and Children’s Work.

    Lucy Moore was part of the team that set up the very first Messy Church in Portsmouth. Now, she is Messy Church team leader and responsible for developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally. Co-editor Sam Donoghue caught up with Lucy.

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    Q&A: Judah Smith

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    He leads of one of the biggest churches in the United States, is mates with sport stars, has written a best-selling book, and pastors Justin Bieber – but started off as a youth worker. Journalist Jamie Cutteridge meets Seattle’s Judah Smith.