over a year ago, barefoot ministries launched slant33, a creative weekly online set of three responses, by three contributors, to a question that youth workers would find helpful. it was a great start, and mostly interesting. but it also got a big academic at times, and not quite connected enough to the real world of in-the-trenches youth workers.
so, after a nice hiatus (i think slant33 vacationed in cancun), barefoot came to the youth cartel, and asked us to reimagine it for a year, taking the lead on identifying a new slate of 20 contributors, coming up with the 52 questions for the year, and moderating the whole shebang. they redesigned the site, making it much more user friendly. i’m stoked about it, and really hope you’ll follow it this year, engaging in the comments and joining in the dialogue.
the list of contributors is amazing, including a wide variety of youth ministry thinkers and practitioners with great diversity in every way. check out the list of contributors here.
the first slant, that went live yesterday, has responses from kara powell, ian macdonald, and tiffanie shanks, to the question: how do you pursue personal skill growth?
as a tease, the next six slants, going live on mondays in the weeks to come will be:
- How far out do you plan your calendar? Why? What’s your process?
- How do you determine the line between vulnerability and over-sharing?
- In what practical ways do you find solitude and rest?
- What time and expectation boundaries should be non-negotiables for youth pastors?
- How is the priesthood of all believers fleshed out in your ministry? How does that impact your role?
- How do you decide what to teach?
and there are 45 more questions following that!
i hope you’ll join us!
(oh, and i need a small handful of guest contributors for a few slants throughout the year. let me know if you’re interesting in writing one!)