Following the discussion generated by Ali Campbell’s article “youth ministry: profession or calling?” in the December issue of Youthwork magazine, Ali has posted a response on his blog here picking up on some of the issues raised. He also clarifies his original purpose in writing;
The key question I was interested in was not whether youth work professionalisation in itself was a good or bad thing. My interest was the difference it is going to make to the work of the church.
This is a vital question, quite different to the discussion that’s emerged concerning the professionalisation of Christian youth work, and I suggest that our response will have something of the prophetic about it.