My youth pastor blogging friend Dan Haugh over at www.emergingyouth.wordpress.com and I have been talking about somehow uniting progressive youth pastors across the web.
Obviously, there is a stark polarity in the brands and breeds of youth pastor bloggers. It is not rocket science detecting what youth pastors are pressing the envelope and what youth pastors don’t have a clue. In my assessment the progressive youth pastor population is slim. My point is that there are very few youth pastor 3.0.
The problem is: the youth pastor 3.0 doesn’t have healthy outlets and networks where they can contribute ideas without getting called a heretic, an emotional basket case, and an outcast. The youth pastor 3.0 needs spaces and platforms. Of course, we have blogging which literally turns into a brutal UFC fight and only leaves the youth pastor 3.0 more pissed off with some blood on his/her knuckles. Trust me, I am talking from a lot of youth pastor blogger brawling experience.
Even though I like pretending to be a tough guy on the web, there needs to be arenas and avenues for unchurched youth pastors to play and articulate their heretical ideas about youth ministry.
Possible steps to obtaining a youth pastor 3.0/emerging web network:
1. Assemble youth pastor affinity networks all across the web that represents the geological landscape of the USA youth ministry.
– I really like what firstthird.org is doing. I really wish I could go and be apart of that, but times are tough. Firstthird is a dialogue, at Luther Seminary with Dr. Root and Dr. Kenda Dean, about theology in youth ministry.
2. Identify and clarify who are the youth pastors 3.0 blogging on the web
Feel free to make any recommendations…..
3. Brainstorms what a web network would look like for emerging youth pastors. There has to be more out there….