Best Youth Ministry Blog Posts of 2012 | The Ultimate List of Youth Ministry blogs

in Best Blog Post of 2012 on December 3, 2012by Ben_Read

Here we go folks! We have, in our minds, the best most amazing resource for Youth Pastors, the nominees for Best Youth Ministry Blog Post of 2012.
Last year, we quickly learned how invaluable a list like this is as a youth ministry resource, and this year we think the same holds true. There are a number of topics covered in these posts by 70 different authors, and we can only imagine withe the expanded list, this will serve even more than last year’s list to grow Youth Pastors, no matter the years of experience.
We’ve loved watching the list form the last two and a half weeks, and to see how awesome it is that we have the best of the best of Youth Ministry, with years of experience in Doug Fields, down to several Youth Pastors who hadn’t even started in Ministry this time last year. And thats why we love this list, it’s one of the heartbeats of our site, the simple fact that every Youth Pastor has a voice, and Every Youth Pastor has something to bring to the table.
All that aside, there is a contest going on. Voting will start this Friday, December 7th, at 12:01 AM Eastern Time.
Last year, we had nearly 7,500 unique voters vote, and though we think the honor of being voted the best Youth Ministry Blog post by 7,500 people is quite the feat, we have some goodies for our winner as well. First off, the Amazing folks of Orange have given us a Ticket to the 2013 Orange Conference for the winner ($319 value), 10 hours of custom design work from the Youthmin Marketplace Team, $75 Amazon gift card, $50 Starbucks gift card, and an iPad Mini. With a few extra bonuses we’ll throw into the box being shopped, it’s a prize package worth nearly $1,750!
So here we go! Read these posts, and come back starting this Friday for voting. Voting for Round 1 ends December 11th at 11:59 PM Eastern.
*Oh, and one last thing. If you see a Youth Pastor/blogger on here you know, be sure to share this link with them to let them know they were nominated. Last year, several missed the first round of voting and were eliminated. 
**Also, as a reminder to those who missed this post, these blog posts were nominated by our Youth Ministry community of readers. Many of our favorite bloggers didnt make the list. We’d like to show formulas and stats for how this list was compiled, but it was just readers who said “I loved this post!”
Michael Bayne – Minor Changes can make a big difference
Joshua Gill  – How maintaining boundaries could save your ministry
Josh Tandy – Your calling is not time sensitive
Josh Evans – My top 5 epic fails in student ministry
Frank Gil – Calvinism and Student Ministry
Keith Parker – Arminianism and Youth Ministry
Ken Mcintyre – 8 reasons why students stop showing up
Kolby Milton – Is there a problem in Youth MInistry
Justin Knowles – Missions: Overseas vs. Local
Aaron Crumbey – Are we ministering to parents or just advertising to them?
Doug Franklin – Changing the perspective of your adult volunteers
Aaron Helman – 4 biggest time sucks in Modern Youth Ministry
J.C. Thompson – Evaluation learned from Pre-teen Ministry
Ben Kerns – Are Bikinis Sinful?
Paul Martin – Programs, Programs, get yet programs
Rachel Blom – Challenges of Postmodernism: Reaching the Unchurch
Mitch Miller – Dynamic Preaching in Youth Ministry
Ben Read – Loving your spouse the way Christ loves the Church
Jeff Bachman – Join me in the fight agains B.M.P.P.S.
Brad Cooper – I want to be Serious
David Bartosik – How Leadership Development ruins the Church
Gary Albritton – 6 steps to help you prepare to preach
Tim Schmoyer – What is the Role of the Family in the Local Church
Nathan Wells – Leading with Integrity
Jeremy Smith – 5 blog tips for churches to post quicker and easier
Matt Reynolds – Good example or Great Example
Terry Goodwin – What does Longevity look like?
Joshua Fuentes – The Future of Student Ministry
Andy Blanks – Discipleship Truth: God, Risk, and you
Phil Bell – Three Youth Ministry Priorities for Mondays
Andy Gill – The State of Youth Ministry and why we are failing as Youth Pastors
Geoff Stewart – 5 best practices for Social Media
Brandon Anderson – How to Lead Young Men
Neely McQueen – No Purple Ministry
Austin Walker – That New Guy #7 – How to write thank you notes that make people cry
Doug Fields – 10 “I can do that” steps toward developing Student Leaders
Jeremy Zach – What to Do When Your Youth Group Sermon Bombs
Brian Kirk – A Growing ministry is a dying ministry
Christopher Wesley – How Student Leadership Teams Hurt Your Ministry
Chrysanne Timm – When Youth Chaperones Go Rogue
Jon Berry – God Helps those who help themselves
Nick Farr – Youth Ministry Metrics
Brian Seidel – Do what you did at first
Jordan Easley – Cheat Sheet for Youth Pastors
Austin McCann – 3 Practical ways to be Missional
Jason Gaston – Reviving the Student Ministry Pulpit
Jay Higham – Why not to do what the “Other guys” are doing
Norm Tumlinson – About Loyalty
Brian Ford – It’s time for collaboration
Tom Shriver – 5 ways to improve your event marketing
Brooklyn Lindsey – The Temptation of Youth Ministry
Kara Powell – Leadership is a Contact Sport
Heather Lea Campbell – Why I work with Teenagers
Chad Swanzy – Rooting for the Bad Guy
Chris Bowditch – Are all Youth Ministry Jobs worth doing?
Marjorie Poff – Talking to someone who knows
Terry Weaver – Jar Jar Binks, Starwars, & reaching a generation
Gina Abbas – Can you really get a job as a woman in Youth Ministry?
Amy Jo Girardier – Being Patient
Jeff Cocanower – Just Say it
Mark Cox – Moving from Cell groups to Services
Josh Griffin – Parenting the Spiritually Orphaned
Jeff Simpson – Worship Essentials in Student Ministry: Beyond the bow-tie
Carl Jones – 7 Youth Ministry no-no’s
Matt Lawson – How to ask questions and get the job you want
Adam Mclane – Kidnapping students and other dumb things NEVER to do in Youth Ministry
Josh Robinson – Approach Students with Authenticity
Brian Berry – Increasing your influence in a weekend service
Matt Morgan – Ideas for Pre-teen Small Groups
Kyle Sullivan – What do you expect out of your Students
 
 

seventy8Productions at 12:33 am

Thanks for the love. Great list of blogs on here!

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seventy8Productions at 1:33 am

Thanks for the love. Great list of blogs on here!

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Heather Lea Campbell at 12:35 am

Great list! Excited to see the results.

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HeatherLeaCampbell at 1:35 am

Great list! Excited to see the results.

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terryweaver at 12:42 am

Crazy honored to be on this list! Thanks for all you guys are doing for student ministry!

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terryweaver at 1:42 am

Crazy honored to be on this list! Thanks for all you guys are doing for student ministry!

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kolby milton at 1:19 am

Thanks to whoever added me to that list. I am grateful to be mentioned with all these awesome youth workers!

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Tom Shriver at 1:19 am

Awesome list – I’m going to make it a priority to get through all of these posts within a week.

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kolby milton at 2:19 am

Thanks to whoever added me to that list. I am grateful to be mentioned with all these awesome youth workers!

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Tom Shriver at 2:19 am

Awesome list – I’m going to make it a priority to get through all of these posts within a week.

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Michael Bayne at 9:01 am

Great great list! Thanks for having me be a part of those great leaders!

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Ben Read at 6:50 pm

Dude, where you at? I know you can get more than 2 votes!

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Michael Bayne at 10:01 am

Great great list! Thanks for having me be a part of those great leaders!

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Ben Read at 7:50 pm

Dude, where you at? I know you can get more than 2 votes!

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Paul Martin at 9:50 am

Thanks for including me! And wouldn’t you just know it that my host just messed up my domain. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

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Paul Martin at 10:50 am

Thanks for including me! And wouldn’t you just know it that my host just messed up my domain. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

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Adam McLane at 11:05 am

Lots of great stuff on this list. It’s an honor to get mentioned. Thanks gang!

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Adam McLane at 12:05 pm

Lots of great stuff on this list. It’s an honor to get mentioned. Thanks gang!

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Kyle Sullivan at 11:55 am

Thanks for the nomination!! Great list of youth pastors on here! Excited to read through these blogs!

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Kyle Sullivan at 12:55 pm

Thanks for the nomination!! Great list of youth pastors on here! Excited to read through these blogs!

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JC at 12:40 pm

Great list. Thankful to be on it. Thanks for whoever nominated me!!

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JC at 1:40 pm

Great list. Thankful to be on it. Thanks for whoever nominated me!!

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Keith Parker at 1:57 pm

I am honored to be a part of this list. Looking forward to devouring these as well.

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Keith Parker at 2:57 pm

I am honored to be a part of this list. Looking forward to devouring these as well.

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Gralbritton at 2:52 pm

Thanks so much to whoever nominated me.

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Gralbritton at 3:52 pm

Thanks so much to whoever nominated me.

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Terry Goodwin at 4:24 pm

Thanks for including me on the list. There are some awesome posts on here!

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Terry Goodwin at 5:24 pm

Thanks for including me on the list. There are some awesome posts on here!

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Josh Robinson at 5:08 pm

Great list, someone put my blog on there, thanks whoever you are. I’ll look forward to adding these to my blog reader

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Josh Robinson at 6:08 pm

Great list, someone put my blog on there, thanks whoever you are. I’ll look forward to adding these to my blog reader

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Josh Tandy at 8:06 am

wow this was a nice surprise, thanks for including me.

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Ben Read at 6:49 pm

Thanks for rocking the youth ministry world, Josh. Pumped for your new venture, praying for you!

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Josh Tandy at 9:06 am

wow this was a nice surprise, thanks for including me.

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Ben Read at 7:49 pm

Thanks for rocking the youth ministry world, Josh. Pumped for your new venture, praying for you!

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Allen Posey at 11:54 am

So many great posts I don’t know who to vote for

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Ben Read at 6:48 pm

You could always vote for me, Allen. Though I’m removing my name if I make it to the second round.

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Allen Posey at 12:54 pm

So many great posts I don’t know who to vote for

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Ben Read at 7:48 pm

You could always vote for me, Allen. Though I’m removing my name if I make it to the second round.

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Brian Seidel at 5:10 pm

honored and humbled to see my name among such amazing people, this is not going to be an easy vote…

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Ben Read at 6:48 pm

Just vote for yourself, everyone else is doing it haha.

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Brian Seidel at 11:30 pm

Already burned my vote on someone else’s post…

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Brian Seidel at 6:10 pm

honored and humbled to see my name among such amazing people, this is not going to be an easy vote…

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Ben Read at 7:48 pm

Just vote for yourself, everyone else is doing it haha.

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Brian Seidel at 12:30 am

Already burned my vote on someone else’s post…

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Mark Cox at 6:10 pm

Whoa! I totally don’t deserve to be listed with these all-stars! I agree with Tom: lots of great posts to work through here. I’ve read some of them already this year. There are some heavy-hitters here!

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Ben Read at 6:48 pm

There’s some heavy hitting posts. Good luck in the contest Mark.

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Mark Cox at 7:10 pm

Whoa! I totally don’t deserve to be listed with these all-stars! I agree with Tom: lots of great posts to work through here. I’ve read some of them already this year. There are some heavy-hitters here!

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Ben Read at 7:48 pm

There’s some heavy hitting posts. Good luck in the contest Mark.

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Phil Bell at 8:27 pm

Thanks for putting it together! Instant access to great posts! Appreciate the person who put my blog my on here too!

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Ben Read at 6:47 pm

Appreciate all you’re doing for Youth Ministry, Phil! Good luck in the contest!

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Phil Bell at 9:27 pm

Thanks for putting it together! Instant access to great posts! Appreciate the person who put my blog my on here too!

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Ben Read at 7:47 pm

Appreciate all you’re doing for Youth Ministry, Phil! Good luck in the contest!

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youthleadergina at 12:16 pm

Thanks for the mention!!!! Love your list. Lots to add to my reader!

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Ben Read at 6:47 pm

Definitely! We found a whole lot of great new content to read in all of these nominations.

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Gina Abbas at 1:16 pm

Thanks for the mention!!!! Love your list. Lots to add to my reader!

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Ben Read at 7:47 pm

Definitely! We found a whole lot of great new content to read in all of these nominations.

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Gina Abbas at 12:18 pm

Thanks for the mention! Lots to add to my reader!

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Gina Abbas at 1:18 pm

Thanks for the mention! Lots to add to my reader!

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Aaron Helman at 2:40 pm

This is pretty awesome. Thanks youthmin friends!

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Ben Read at 6:46 pm

Thank you Aaron! Did Nick or I respond to your email yet?

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Aaron Helman at 7:57 pm

Not yet. 🙂

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Aaron Helman at 3:40 pm

This is pretty awesome. Thanks youthmin friends!

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Ben Read at 7:46 pm

Thank you Aaron! Did Nick or I respond to your email yet?

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Aaron Helman at 8:57 pm

Not yet. 🙂

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Nathan Wells at 5:22 pm

Thank you for who ever submitted my blog. Humbled and Honored. They are some really great posts on here. Good luck to you all!

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Ben Read at 6:46 pm

I’ve loved reading over your blog the last few days, glad someone nominated you!

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Nathan Wells at 6:22 pm

Thank you for who ever submitted my blog. Humbled and Honored. They are some really great posts on here. Good luck to you all!

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Ben Read at 7:46 pm

I’ve loved reading over your blog the last few days, glad someone nominated you!

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Elizabeth Chapin at 2:49 pm

Where/how do we vote?

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Ben Read at 6:45 pm

Hi Elizabeth, not sure if you saw already, but go to this post and you can place your vote.
http://2fe.966.myftpupload.com/2012/12/07/best-youth-ministry-blog-post-of-2012-round-1-top-70-posts/
Thanks!

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Elizabeth Chapin at 3:49 pm

Where/how do we vote?

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Ben Read at 7:45 pm

Hi Elizabeth, not sure if you saw already, but go to this post and you can place your vote.
http://2fe.966.myftpupload.com/2012/12/07/best-youth-ministry-blog-post-of-2012-round-1-top-70-posts/
Thanks!

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david bartosik at 3:03 pm

Great list! Humbled- Looking forward to exploring other youth pastors as we impact a generation.

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Ben Read at 6:45 pm

Rock the vote!

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david bartosik at 4:03 pm

Great list! Humbled- Looking forward to exploring other youth pastors as we impact a generation.

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Ben Read at 7:45 pm

Rock the vote!

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Robbie Mackenzie at 9:33 am

Ben, thank you for these amazing posts. I am going to read every single one of them and I also added all of those to my Google Reader. I look forward to reading and learning all year long.

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Robbie Mackenzie at 10:33 am

Ben, thank you for these amazing posts. I am going to read every single one of them and I also added all of those to my Google Reader. I look forward to reading and learning all year long.

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