"The longer you stay in youth ministry, by the grace of God, the better you get."

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Dave Thornton is Youth, Children and Families' Director at Christ Church, Winchester and has 29 years of youth ministry experience. As well as writing Raising the Bar, he has had several articles published in Premier Youthwork magazine and has spoken at training events for Christian youth workers around the country, including the Good Book Company’s Bible-Centred Youthworker conference.  He still doesn't feel he knows very much. 


He's passionate about developing new youth leaders and training people to teach the Bible and to lead well, so do get in touch if you need help or ideas. He's still got loads to learn about youth ministry, so do get in touch if you spot something he's missed or got wrong.

He is married to Fiona with two teenage children.  He has had more strange incidents than most people, including falling off a cliff and setting fire to three tables at a youth group barbeque. 

He spent five years writing Raising the Bar. He thinks it's the most useful resource for any church youth minister, and feedback says it's useful for any church leader. 

He works on this website and its resources in his spare time, but do get in touch if you want help, ideas or just a bit of encouragement. Do keep going. It is worth it.

"I know more than I did when I first started."

Dave Thornton