brandon schmidt gives youth ministry 3.0 a 4.5 out of 5 in this blog review…
The final book I read on our honeymoon was Marko’s Youth Ministry 3.0. Mark Oestreicher is President of Youth Specialties, the publisher of excellent youth ministry resources and host of youth ministry conventions. He also is a fantastic blogger, often posting his thoughts on ministry, book reviews, and “behind the scene” tips at YS. In fact, as he was writing this book, he posted portions of the manuscript and allowed readers to leave comments on the text, some of which made it into the book’s margins.
The whole of the book is devoted to Marko’s three epochs in the history of youth ministry: Youth Ministry 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. The subtitle of the books is actually a great summary of the book: “A manifesto of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we need to go.” With Youth Ministry versions 1.0 and 2.0, he focuses on the methods and reasoning behind the ministry models. He also explains why, in his opinion, the models are outdated and ineffective. The rest of his book (pp. 63-126) is devoted to Marko’s new model of youth ministry: Youth Ministry 3.0.
The nature of YM3.0 is focused on relationship-building and community. This is done to meet the 21st century student’s need for affinity. Similar to the other movements in church ministry (small groups, house churches, and emergent churches), YM3.0 is shifting from a ministry and event-driven model to an authentic relationship-driven model.
Marko’s book is very valuable for two reasons. First, Marko does a superb job at recounting and evaluating the youth ministry trends the last 50 years. If he had just ended at page 61 (the conclusion of YM2.0), it would have been a decent book. But the second half of the book is even more valuable. Marko not only challenges the reader to evaluate their current ministry emphasis, but also challenges the reader to make authentic relationships a renewed focus of their ministry.
Youth Ministry 3.0 is a new method of ministering to students in a post-modern world. Still, it is just a method, and will be dated as soon as the youth culture shifts again. This book does not provide a blueprint for ministry to 21st century students, but it will sure help you. This book is a great resource to provoke youth workers into evaluating their ministry’s, as well as their own, focus. Rating: 4.5/5