I felt like I needed to say a few things about youth ministry blogging at on general and personal level.
– the official top 20 youth ministry blog list has been published by YS. So as a result there has been a little bantering (as expected) in the youth ministry blog world about who has the legit “stats”, “ratings”, and “influence”. In addition, there is this new and resurrected interest to re-engage the youth ministry blog. On an aside, I would not mess or question the Adam McLane rating system. He is the youth ministry blogging ninja– if you mess, he will slice and dice your online exposure in a matter of seconds.
– if you are wanting to start a youth ministry blog Matt Cleaver has a great tutorial on how to set up a website. Click here for more info. It really isn’t that complicated to set up a wordpress.org website. Heck…. if you have questions I would love to help. Granted, I will forward all your questions to Tim Schmoyer. In all seriousness, I would love to help, just subscribe to my feed (I even give you 5 reasons why you should subscribe to this site) and contact me.
– I specifically blog about youth ministry for 5 reasons. 1. It helps me keep current with youth ministry American/UK trends. 2. I love networking with other crazy and passionate youth pastors. I actually have made some great friends via youth ministry blogging 3. It is a (somewhat) healthy outlet for me to reflect about what I am encountering in my current youth ministry context. 4. I strongly believe that listening to other guys and gals on the youth ministry ground is one of the best resources. There is something about an average youth worker writing about real stuff that is transpiring in their youth ministry world. 5. I deeply love and care for students!! I want youth ministries to get better and better. I think it is very doable for youth pastors across the nation to be effective in reaching school campuses and communities for Jesus.
– I must admit I started blogging because I was disturbed and very angry with the state of youth ministry. I went after a few people/groups/organizations, which was really unfair and really immature. It is easy to be a tough guy online. By the way I have reconciled with everyone and find myself agreeing with them more than I disagree. I was fresh out of seminary with a little bit of youth ministry experience under my belt so I needed a soapbox. I have been blogging for 2 and half years. By God’s grace and sanctification, I have converted my anger towards youth ministry to becoming more passionate about helping youth ministry. I didn’t want to be another cynical-church hating youth pastor. I have grown to appreciate people and organizations that are actually doing something rather than complaining on their small insignificant blog. Also Tim Schmoyer and Adam Cleaveland Walker inspired me to start blogging. I remember the first time I went to their sites, I was blown away with not only their development but their exposure.
– I am really thankful that other top youth ministry dogs and organizations think youth ministry blogging is valuable. I think youth ministry blogging functions like the minors leagues. Blogging gives some of us little guys/gals a chance to have a voice and add to the conversation. I am stoked that top youth ministry organizational leaders see blogging as influence.