got a wonderful email from a friend in youth ministry, who had just read youth ministry 3.0. here’s what he wrote:
Just reading your blog, Marko. I received a copy of YM3.0 the other day. Couldn’t sleep last night so I stayed up and read it all the way to the end. I think Kurt nailed it…it does make you think deeply about youth ministry and where it’s heading.
Not to be nit picky. I’ve got to ask this. I felt like (as a reader) you really set me up to drink up the “how do we get there” section (chapter 6). But, the How was just that one chapter, and there were a lot of places where I was reading and thinking “Oh Marko…say more here!”. Maybe you were wanting to leave me wanting you to say more, and launch me into thinking outside the framework you were offering. Can you let me inside your mind regarding chapter 6? Were you wanting to paint broad strokes?
Thanks for challenging us.
here’s how i responded:
On ch 6 — well, the book wasn’t meant to be a practical “how to” book by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a cultural analysis and a theoretical proposition, with some theology thrown in the mix. Even adding a chapter of implications was the hardest work of the whole book, because it wasn’t what I set out to do — but I thought I at least needed to throw people a bone to land the plane a bit. Really, there’s just no way to be completely prescriptive on this stuff, yet, for a couple reasons:
no one knows exactly what this will look like. We still need TONS of experimentation.
the whole point is to contextualize, and to strip away programs. So getting too detailed on the practical stuff kinda goes against the whole point of the book!
Rock on, bro.
man, i love that the book is stirring people up like this!