Youth Specialties have blogged on the top 20 youth ministry blogs of 2010:

2010 Rank Blogger Name Blog address 2009 Rank
1 Youth Specialties Blog 12
2 Mark Oestreicher 3
3 Tim Schmoyer 3
4 Josh Griffin 2
5 Adam McLane 7
6 Adam Walker Cleaveland 1
7 Orange Leaders
8 Chris Folmsbee 21
9 Ian MacDonald 9
10 Walt Mueller
11 Jeremy Zach 28
12 Jonathan McKee 19
13 Fuller Youth Institute 5
14 Mark Riddle 25
15 Mike King 15
16 Tash McGill 41
17 Gavin Richardson 8
18 Matt Cleaver 29
19 Kurt Johnston 10
20 Stevan Sheets 10

Big congratulations to Ian at Youthblog for his truly global influence!

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0 thoughts on “The future of youth ministry”

  1. Youthworkers from the USA who come over are often amazed at the access we have to schools.
    But would it be so bad if the sitiuation with schools changed?

  2. certainly there are those Christians who see taking RE away from schools as a benefit rather than a hindrance. Not sure what I feel yet, one to ponder though.

  3. Hi Chris and welcome to the blogosphere!
    As things look at the moment I’m not sure that the government is going to ‘take all religious content out of schools’ anytime soon. There is a strongly held, if debateable, view that RE helps to foster better understanding between different religious groups within a multi-faith society. Schools are also assessed on the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of their students, within which there is a real need, and request, for good (Christian) input.
    I have come to the conclusion that schools workers input into RE lessons is of limited missional value. There are many ways in which Christian youth and schools workers can be positively welcomed and involved in schools. I’m starting to think much more in terms of ‘schools workers as youth workers’ than ‘schools workers as teachers’. Just a few quick thoughts…

  4. Hi Tim

    Thanks for your thoughts. I agree that the key for schools work is the involvement in the school community. If I am just doing assemblies or lessons than I have limited impact. When I am involved in a more holistic approach to the school it seems to have a bigger impact.

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