Who is the voice of youth ministry today?
With the changing landscape of youth ministry today we need more voices than ever. We don’t have anyone as the figure head for youth ministry. We are fragmented, and because of that there is more opportunity than ever to dialogue with youth pastors on youth ministry.
The rise of youth ministry media was an accident. A few friends realized that I built a website for my youth ministry and wanted to know how to do it. I kept on getting phone calls about setting up websites, and for the most part had to set websites up for friends. It was a ton of work, and I realized that it was taking up too much time.
One night I had the great idea of building a website so that my friends could go and learn how to get their youth ministry into the digital world. After a few posts, and a few months later(I had no idea what I was doing) people from all over the world were stumbling to my website.
At first it was terrifying that people who didn’t know me were reading my material. I kept wondering if people were going to hate the content, or just think it was a joke. People kept coming back. After a few months I realized that no one else was helping other youth pastors develop digital resources for students.
This is how we launched this website.
You could launch a website today and speak into the youth ministry world. I have met tons of friends from all over the world because of this blog. They help me in my ministry, give me ideas, and are there to listen. We need to think more globally when it comes to youth ministry, and your role in it!
We need your voice more than ever. What are you waiting for? Create a website today. Here are a few simple tips.
1. Create a website. I wrote a post called, How to build a website in 10 Simple steps. It really is easy to create a website. Take an hour today and get it set up. This could be the biggest platform for youth pastors today. Forget writing your book that no one will ever read. Write the book you want to publish into blog posts. Trust me, more people will read your blog.
2. Pick a wordpress theme. There are thousands of wordpress themes out there. We usually go with elegant themes. We personally think they are the best, and have been using them since day one. With every theme there will be glitches so be ready to have a few hiccups along the way.
3. Leave a comment on what your website/blog is called and I will add you to the rss list. We want as many connections in youth ministry. I excited where youth ministry is going, and I look forward to our conversations about it.
4. Get into a rhythm. You might not feel like writing everyday, but you need to. Trust me. You need a rhythm of writing. Early days I would write for hours every night while watching television, but now I am writing in the evening when my kids are sleeping. This is the most important part.
Are you going to set up your website/blog?