One of the things we are committed to at ym360 is Networking. Our vision for networking is connecting you to people and organizations doing awesome youth ministry. Flashback Friday is a feature where we give you the run down of all the interesting posts from the past week in the youth ministry blogosphere. Consider it our way of keeping you connected with what is going on.
- Lessons Learned: Why Harsh Words Never Work
- ym360 Trends and Culture Update (Mar. 23)
- Measuring Your Success By The Growth Of Others
- Why Embracing Failure Is The Key To Discipleship
We search the Internet to bring you relevant information to help you be a better youth worker. Here are some links from posts we thought were pretty great.
- Youth Specialties--A great list of resources for parent ministry.
- Greg Stier--Greg is a funny guy. This top 10 list made me laugh: "Top 10 Reasons To Hug A Youth Leader."
- Adam McLane--Love this post from Adam. A nice, tidy post on the perils of over-communicating to our volunteers. As a long term volunteer, I can relate to this so well!
- Marathon Youth Ministry--ym360 Contributor Chris Wesley asks a very important question: "Is Your Ministry Too Expensive?"
- Doug Franklin--Doug writes a great post here (as usual). It's a nice, short post on leadership pride, defined by Doug as "when you care more about your leadership position then you do about the followers you serve." Good stuff.
- Youth Leaders Academy--I love the "angle" of this post: "six things you need to STOP doing (unless you want unmotivated volunteers)."
- More Than Dodgeball--The title of this post from Josh Griffin says it all: "5 Ways To Do Mission Trip Fundraising Right."
- The Overflow--Brian Berry nails it in this short, ease to digest post. Brian raises the banner for rallying around values not behaviors. Great stuff.
- Nikomas--A solid, solid post about how we as leaders must step up and make the time to study the Bible. Love the question Nikomas asks: "If we're going to lead a revolution, if we're going to step up and lead a generation of teenagers into a radical, no-holds-bar revolution of love, we need to make time in our personal lives to read the Bible."
- Life In Student Ministry--Friend Tim Schmoyer released his book a few weeks ago (I gave a couple copies away; it is a valuable book for anyone practicing youth ministry.) It's now available on Kindle and Nook.
- Lars Rood--Lars is a great youth ministry thinker. I love the subtle inferences of this post entitled "Not isolation, but insolation." All about our attitudes toward equipping students to interact with and in culture.
- Girls Minister--Amy-Jo Girardier is a friend, a contributor to ym360, and an awesome girls minister. She gives some great insights here in this post, including an interview with her Senior Pastor talking about "roles, gifting, and boundaries" when it comes to ministry.
That will do it, folks. As always, have a great weekend . . . And THANK YOU for the chance to serve you as part of the ym360 community.
- As usual, we want to hear your thoughts. Any particular post catch your eyes? Make you think? Did you disagree with anything? Let us know! Your voice makes the ym360 community stronger.