Friday, May 16, 2008

    Something Old...Something New

    This is another entry in our weekly posts highlighting one of our favorite blogs or websites we've been following for awhile and a blog or site we've just stumbled upon that we think you might want to check out.

    Something Old:
    Passionately Pensive is authored by Alaina, a fellow St. Louis youthworker who shares thoughtful posts on youth ministry, church life, and life in general, always with a great sense of humor and irony. I particularly appreciate her recent post on why we need to rethink all those "food games" we so dearly love to play in youth ministry.

    Something New: is the work of Shane Yancey who describes himself as "an average youth pastor. I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years."
    Shane's website is truly an impressive offering of creative worship ideas, stories, dramas, poems, and resources that would be great for youth ministry or ministry in general.