top 20 youth ministry blogs

youth specialties has published their annual ‘top 20 youth ministry blogs‘ again. fine work by adam mclane. i’m honored to be on this list, and in the company of some fine blogs. i’m a little jealous of the amazing josh griffin, who leap-frogged me this last year, moving from #3 to #1.

i found adam mclane’s commentary, on his own blog, to be very helpful. like adam, i sure wish there were more women in this mix, but am glad to see kara powell (1/2 of the fuller youth institute blog) rise higher on the list, and see kenda dean appear. sad that tash mcgill dropped off. would love to see brooklyn lindsey‘s blog make the top 20 also. i was hoping my friend brian berry, who is coming on like a storm this year, would crack the top 20. apparently he was close in raw numbers, but dropped when influence was factored in. but give that another year, and brian’s blog will rise. i’m also hopeful that paul martin‘s stellar youth ministry blog will make the top 20. he has such fantastic stuff. same with joel mayward. in my super-secret plans for the youth cartel, i’m going to do what i can to promote some of these emerging voices in the next year. stand by for that.

ultimately, this list isn’t about who’s #2 or #17. instead, it’s a helpful tool for finding blogs to follow. add ’em all to your reader and follow them for a while. then, if they don’t scratch your itch, you can drop ’em. easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

here’s the list:

2011 Rank / Blogger Name, with link / (2010 Rank)
1 Josh Griffin (4)
2 Mark Oestreicher (2)
3 Tim Schmoyer (3)
4 Adam McLane (5)
5 Youth Specialties Blog (1)
6 Adam Walker Cleaveland (6)
7 Doug Fields (NR)
8 Fuller Youth Institute (13)
9 Jeremy Zach (11)
10 Jonathan McKee (12)
11 Orange Leaders (7)
12 Ian MacDonald (9)
13 Rethinking Youth Ministry (NR)
14 Terrace Crawford (26)
15 Chris Folmsbee (8)
16 Greg Stier (29)
17 Mike King (15)
18 Walt Mueller (10)
19 Kurt Johnston (19)
20 Kenda Creasy Dean (NR)

2 thoughts on “top 20 youth ministry blogs”

  1. Wow! Glad I rank that high in your top blogs! I love the top twenty that I saw. All of them are great helps to youth ministries.

  2. Heya! I’m not surprised I’ve dropped off – my posting on youth ministry has been so infrequent this year, but my brain hasn’t stopped working and thinking. Our ministry at church is starting to drastically reshape and as such it’s really pushing my thinking = so hopefully soon I’ll have something that’s worth writing about. :) Plus i’m going to have to redesign my blog from artsy integrated to a format that makes sense.

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