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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Using Blogs as a Youth Tool

Youthgroup_1I received a great email from Sean Love showing how they are using a blog in their youth ministry.  They started their new blog just a couple weeks ago, so the experiment is still early; but what they are doing is posting thoughts during the week along with study passages, and having the youth comment and discuss these topics online during the week.  Then they follow up with study on the weekends around those topics.  Sean says there are only 17 teenagers who are a part of the project, but the comments and community it's starting is really cool.  This is a great use of technology that more churches should consider using.

Here's their blog.

FOR DISCUSSION:  What do you think of this idea?  How could this translate over to other ministries?  Small groups?  Worship teams?  Support Ministries?  Pastor blogs?  Since you can get a blog for free these days, is this something you should look into?

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I like what they are doing. I think this is a great way to disciple teens, not the only way but a way. This blog format can reinforce what has been spoken about in a large group setting but now give an opportunity for each individual to reflect and express how it applies to their life. Just think of it, a teen getting discipled at a school computer lab during their free time. I like it!

Posted by: Keith | Apr 25, 2006 6:39:24 AM

Brilliant and completely adaptable to other areas of ministry. I would love to have one in denomination so we have a conversation about the issues we face in our body.

Posted by: Kent | Apr 25, 2006 8:42:28 AM

Fantastic. Definitely agree with you, Kent, about it being completely adaptable to other areas of ministry.

My hubby attends seminary also. One of his professors uses the blackboard via the school's website to post questions throughout the week for discussion. Some participation is required and a good bit is given freely. It seems that there are times when the discussion is more lively on blackboard than in the classroom. (I am sure it has nothing to do with the professor looking them square in the face if they disagree.)

I think the possibilities are endless in regards to blogs, especially in/for ministry. The real rub would be in how freely individuals think they can speak in the written form.

Posted by: Camey | Apr 25, 2006 9:16:42 AM

I think the idea of a blog for reaching youth is a great idea. Reach ‘em where they live! So many teens are more tech-aware that we were growing up, and a blog could be a very effective tool for reaching them. Also, many people will open up and ask questions and make statements online that they would not in person (which may be better suited to e-mail rather than a blog). But I think it’s a great idea and very adaptable to other ministries.

Our church has a web site and our Pastor has his own blog, but we don’t have a blog for our church. We have talked about it for the purpose of scripture study and discussion. I say use the tools that are available, just be sure you use them wisely.

Posted by: DanielR | Apr 25, 2006 12:39:40 PM

I've actually been doing this for several years with my youth group, although we've held our discussions on our "Bible Study" youth group forum, but it works the same way. The participation from our students seems to go through spurts. Sometimes we'll have 20 students active for several weeks with it, other times we'll have only 2 students, so it fluctuates a lot.

We also have forums for prayer requests, praise reports, "Ask the youth pastor" bible questions, dating and relationships, private girls only and guys only forums, video gaming, websites, music, TV/movies, school, jokes/humor, and more. Our adult volunteers also take advantage of our private "Leaders only" forum to discuss upcoming events, issues with students, advice, etc.

Posted by: Tim | Apr 25, 2006 1:15:31 PM

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