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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
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
Geoff Stewart – 5 best practices for Social Media
Brandon Anderson – How to Lead Young Men
Neely McQueen – No Purple Ministry
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
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
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