Below is a recent post from my friend Jeremy Zach. Youth Pastor gone mad
He lives and serves out in CA and also is the founder of a new, innovative, and progressive training resource for youth pastors. ReYouthpastor
We have been in dialog and discussion over the past few months about the emerging trends of contextual youth ministry, as well as our common frustrations with the current trend of traditional models and approaches. We are like-minded and share a similar passion and vision for the future of youth ministry and for the hope of spiritual formation of students (especially postmodern and “unchurched”).
We also believe there are many, many more like-minded youth pastors and youth leaders out there.
This is the post and perspective of Jeremy Zach, one of the many emerging voices….
My youth pastor blogging friend Dan Haugh over at www.emergingyouth.wordpress.com and I have been talking about somehow uniting progressive youth pastors across the web.
Obviously, there is a stark polarity in the brands and breeds of youth pastor bloggers. It is not rocket science detecting what youth pastors are pressing the envelope and what youth pastors don’t have a clue. In my assessment the progressive youth pastor population is slim. My point is that there are very few youth pastor 3.0.
The problem is: the youth pastor 3.0 doesn’t have healthy outlets and networks where they can contribute ideas without getting called a heretic, an emotional basket case, and an outcast. The youth pastor 3.0 needs spaces and platforms. Of course, we have blogging which literally turns into a brutal UFC fight and only leaves the youth pastor 3.0 more pissed off with some blood on his/her knuckles. Trust me, I am talking from a lot of youth pastor blogger brawling experience.
Even though I like pretending to be a tough guy on the web, there needs to be arenas and avenues for unchurched youth pastors to play and articulate their heretical ideas about youth ministry.
Possible steps to obtaining a youth pastor 3.0/emerging web network:
1. Assemble youth pastor affinity networks all across the web that represents the geological landscape of the USA youth ministry.
– I really like what firstthird.org is doing. I really wish I could go and be apart of that, but times are tough. Firstthird is a dialogue, at Luther Seminary with Dr. Root and Dr. Kenda Dean,about theology in youth ministry.
2. Identify and clarify who are the youth pastors 3.0 blogging on the web
Feel free to make any recommendations…..
3. Brainstorms what a web network would look like for emerging youth pastors. There has to be more out there….
Back to Dan…..
We would love to hear from you and continue to progress this discussion in the months to come. The future is bright so its time to unite (hope you like my feeble attempt at cheesy cliches!)