Is work with students ‘core business’? We need to consider how what we do reflects ‘Priorities for the Methodist Church’ and our ecclesiology. There is a pastoral and spiritual need to be involved in student work, but similar things apply to others in the same age group or in other spheres of life beyond HE/FE. Is our primary aim to sustain the Church (particularly, to nurture its future leadership)or to be engaged in a significant sector of our society?
Times moves swiftly in Methodist circles. Seven years ago a paper was passed which removed Connexional level support for students. Mixed inbetween 'there is SCM and CUCCF' and 'financial reality' came the simple truth that time, effort and money for students just wasn't worth it. Since then things have moved on - the Youth Participation Strategy has delivered a diverse and reinvigorated programme and Methodist students have done their own thing.
Last w/end around 50 students gathered in Birmingham for a special meeting of Methodist Students. Organised by students and attended by the President of Conference, this was a chance to see if a phoenix could be about to rise. I caught up with President of Bangor Methsoc, Paul Parker, to find out what went on: