We need new voices

in General on January 5, 2012

Social Media has really revolutionized the way Youth Pastors are able to interact with and learn from other Youth Pastors, and it is honestly amazing. Along with this, more Youth Pastors than ever are given the ability to have a voice or an audience with Youth Pastors that 10 years ago, they never would have been able to have. And I believe this is for the better.
When I first started in Youth Ministry in 2005, if I had a Youth Ministry question or wanted to find ideas, I didn’t turn to my computer, but instead, I drove to the Christian Bookstore, went to the Youth Ministry Section, and perused through the items. When I did turn to my computer, it was more so to find other Youth Ministries online and take a look at what they were doing. Maybe I was just naive to the idea of blogging, but I know there wasn’t much out there.
And so in the last few years, there has been this booming growth of resources available, and there have been a few voices rise up as being somewhat Key Influencers in Youth Ministry. Now don’t get me wrong, I love these guys and the stuff they write, and all that they have done for Youth Pastors. But I think we need better.
Youth Ministr Thought Leaders
I think we need as Youth Pastors need voices speaking for us and into our lives that are in the trenches. I’ll be the first to say that if you only read Youth Ministry books, your not reading good enough books. I think by all means, we should be branching out. BUT, when it comes to reading resources for Youth Ministry and about Youth Ministry, I think we need more in the trenches, this is working now. Not just theories of whats failing by someone who doesn’t lead a Youth Ministry and offers no solutions.
I think we need less self promotion. Some of the lead influencers seem like they only have the influence they have because they got to the game first, their blogs have been around for several years and they beat everyone to the scene, so naturally they are going to have bigger sites. But I also know the 5 blogs I really, really loved and learned from a few years ago, I don’t bother stopping by anymore, because they don’t challenge me like they once did. Instead, they just annoy me because the original content they write is just a repackaging of something others with  less influence have been saying for a while. And what bothers me most, partially because I hate thinking this way, is that part of me feels like some of the “more prominent” Youth Ministry bloggers are far too concerned with their personal brand than seeing a difference made in Youth Ministry. Don’t tell me 10 reasons why your too good to work in a church anymore, tell me 10 reasons why Youth Pastors SHOULD work in a church, despite how messed up it can be, because its still the bride of Christ. Don’t just tell me “OOooh, my blog post today is sure to be controversial.” Ill be the judge of that, because honestly, Ive never thought that after reading any of your posts.
I pray for the new voices.  My prayer is that younger Youth Pastors rise up and take the lead on things. I read a great quote in the comments of this post by terrace crawford from Mark Matlock, that essentially said some of the Older Leading Voices felt no new voices had risen up because they hadn’t let them. My prayer is also that those who are considered leading voices today would make room for the new voices to rise up.
Youth Ministry is still very much in a transition from the Big and Flashy Entertainment driven style to an era of hopefully better disciple making. Lets find the voices for the new era to lead us there, and quit relying on the voices that have helped keep us where we are for so long.
 

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benboles at 7:46 pm

If/ when there arises young voices how will they get noticed? Most of the guys mentioned in Terrance’s comments are guys that are continuing guys from the past generations ministries. Not that they are carrying them on exactly the same but very close. We need guys and gala that are doing it different, those that are pioneering youth ministry in the post-Christian culture and help us navigate those waters.

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Nick Farr at 10:32 pm

I agree Ben. We want youthmin.org to become a place for these voices to emerge. If you or if you know of guys who are doing ministry different, speak up. Let us know!

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benboles at 4:29 pm

What kinds of posts are you looking for? Are there topics you are hoping to have written about?

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Nick Farr at 8:00 pm

Youthmin wants to allow new voices to be heard. We’re open to topics as long as they fit into our categories. If you want, send me a sample post at: nickfarr [at] me [dot] com

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benboles at 7:46 pm

If/ when there arises young voices how will they get noticed? Most of the guys mentioned in Terrance’s comments are guys that are continuing guys from the past generations ministries. Not that they are carrying them on exactly the same but very close. We need guys and gala that are doing it different, those that are pioneering youth ministry in the post-Christian culture and help us navigate those waters.

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Nick Farr at 10:32 pm

I agree Ben. We want youthmin.org to become a place for these voices to emerge. If you or if you know of guys who are doing ministry different, speak up. Let us know!

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benboles at 4:29 pm

What kinds of posts are you looking for? Are there topics you are hoping to have written about?

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Nick Farr at 8:00 pm

Youthmin wants to allow new voices to be heard. We’re open to topics as long as they fit into our categories. If you want, send me a sample post at: nickfarr [at] me [dot] com

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