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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)

the new phone books are here!

so, i still think steve martin’s movie, ‘the jerk’, is one of the funniest movies ever made. jeannie and i still quote it all the time:

– there are CANS in there!
– i was born a poor black child
– i don’t need anything… except this ashtray

and, of course…

– the new phone books are here! i’m SOMEBODY now!

and that’s a little how i felt when i noticed i had a few incoming links today from the church relevance blog, and their annual survey of the top 100 church blogs (usually plus extras — this year, +41). i’ve actually found this list more than merely interesting this year, as i’ve referenced it several times in some of the consulting work i’m doing.

but this year, whyismarko actually made the list! woo-hoo! i didn’t quite make the 100, albiet; but thankfully, those extra 41 were included. and i came in at a very happy 104.

the much bigger news that my little blog making the list is that the list finally seems to be acknowledging the many excellent youth ministry blogs out there. last year’s list only had 2 (adam walker cleaveland and josh griffin). but this year’s list has 7 youth ministry blogs, including:
adam walker cleaveland (pomomusings), at #39
tim schmoyer (life in student ministry), at #88
youth specialties blog, at #89
mine, at #104
josh griffin (more than dodgeball), at #112
jonathan mckee (the source for youth ministry), at #127
and ian macdonald (youthblog), at #128

kent shaffer, of church relevance, uses a different set of metrix than adam mclane used when ranking the top 20 youth ministry blogs (and, while the youth specialties blog is run by adam, his personal blog should have easily made this top 140 church blogs list also). but i’m just happy to see 7 youth ministry blogs on the list.