A new model of youth work and outreach is emerging across the UK and elsewhere, in which churches and faith communities are no longer content to invite outsiders across the great threshold that is the front door of the church.
On the other hand, detached youth work has made great strides into taking the church out into the streets. Between these two polarities is nestled a third way. Middle Space models carve out space in the middle ground for dialogue, relationships, safe spaces, exchange of ideas, not to mention inclusive activities.
The concept of Middle Space is simple. It's not our space, nor is it their space, but a shared space somewhere in the middle. However, Middle Space is about much more than simply utilising so-called "third spaces." Rather, it's a whole new approach to youth work, in which the physical space becomes a metaphor for the youth work itself. While the concept is simple, it is a profoundly new way of doing youth ministry.
This book will be the first of its kind in describing and reflecting upon emerging Middle Space models, and also giving some tips and insights for best practices moving forward.