I love reading Student Ministry blogs. I have between 10-15 that I will regularly look at and read. I read them because they are helpful in my learning of how to be a better Student Minister and a person.
In my reading of the blog posts at the end of 2013, I came across YM360’s Most Read Blog Posts of 2013. Normally, I love reading posts from YM360. In fact, I am a contributor to their blog. But after reading the top 5 most read posts from last year, I was really disappointed and discouraged by the results here. I wasn’t disappointed in YM360, but disappointed that most of the youth ministers chose to read those the most.
Which ones am I talking about? I’m talking about the three that centered around how to liven up our Bible Study Teaching. There was also another one of the five that talked about getting students to read the Bible more.
“What’s your deal Tom? Don’t you want to learn how to be a better speaker”
Yes, I really do desire that. This has nothing to do about learning how to be a better overall Student Minister or give talks effectively. We need to know how to do that as Jim Rayburn, founder of Young Life, once said, “It’s a sin to bore a kid with the Gospel”. I can understand if one of the top five were on teaching to youth, but three!?! It just makes me wonder if this is the only problem we feel like we have in youth ministry…figuring out how to teach the Bible better.
Is this really the most pressing issues that youth ministry what to know – how to improve our teaching? Where are the popular blog posts about how to love the unlovable? Or, how do we help our students love the unlovable? Where are the post about dealing with personal matters and juggling being a “minister” while struggling with family issues? How about the ones where we speak the Truth in love or how to love students over time? Why aren’t these more popular?
Surely someone has written a blog post in the past year that had to be more insightful than how to give a better Bible-centered message? YM360 gets submissions all the time and they post some great stuff (as do a-lot of Youth Ministry-centered blogs).
This is why I was very discouraged by the Top 5 most read blog posts from YM360 the other day. That can’t be all that we, as Student Ministers, care about, can it?
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