nice short ym3.0 review

the mystery blogger who calls her blog pondering wanderer has posted a nice little review of youth ministry 3.0:

I just finished “Youth Ministry 3.0?. I had read a lot of feedback about it and based on this decided my first read through was going to be just reading, no notes, no underlining or marking. I will definitely need to go back and re-read it taking notes and marking it up with thoughts as I go, but I was a bit surprised at how directly I felt it related to my ministry. Almost all books about youth ministry seem to be for big churches and/or big youth ministries. With a struggling group of 20 senior high and less than 10 junior high I honestly doubted how much this book would be truly useful in my specific ministry. But my frustrations and questions were put into concrete form as I read. I have been trying to figure out what it is we need to do to be more effective, and I have kept coming back to this whole church idea, but not really knowing what I was thinking- as I read I had an “aha” moment when I realized what I want to see is a church community that has a place for everyone- children, youth, singles, young families, empty nesters, grandparents, retirees, lonely elderly, rich, poor, etc.

Of course, the book skillfully avoided giving any how-to’s which is frustrating, but understandable. Any how-to’s that could have been given (if there are any) wouldn’t have related to my church and my ministry anyway. I wonder where we will go, but I feel like I have a springboard for discussion with the church leadership both because someone with a lot more experience is saying this, and because it has allowed me to put words to some of the tuggings I’ve been feeling.

What will the future look like? Who knows. But with the start of a new year, it seems as good a time as any to start working to better discern God’s calling for the church as a whole.

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