End of the Road?….hopefully not!

Well today Marko announced the withdrawal from social networking sights and a possible termination of blog updates. I have utmost respect for his decision (have done the same myself before resurrecting just the blog!) and trust that he enjoys the new found freedoms that it brings.
However, I do hope that this does not start a swathe of “endings” as the social media networks have managed to provide me (and others) an opportunity to engage in new ideas, difficult subjects and challenging thinking. There are many blogs that have provided a living room space that have been as iron sharpening iron – so whilst this course of action is right/may be right for some, I do hope that not everyone follows the same path, your wisdom and insight is a valuable thing.

ym 3.0 and post christendom

youthworkafterchristendomQuite a few American youth related blogs seem to be talking about ysmarko’s book youth ministry 3.0, can’t comment on that book as it is on order and not read it yet.  However, seems like what bloggers are saying about youth ministry 3.0 resonates a little with what I am reading in “youthwork after christendom“.  Am enjoying this book as I travel around and have found myself reading it slowly, in order that I may digest it.

The book’s aim is that “by examining the influences of the past, exploring the stories of those young people who have been partaking in church and by considering the views of those not connected with the church, this book offers insights, theology, practical application and some hope for the future.”  Seems like reading this and youth ministry 3.0 that there could be much overlap and a few challenges ahead.

The Pimlotts’ book will not get as much press and has an English perspective, rather than American, but think that the heartbeat of it is similar – am hoping to do a review as I digest its implications for me and my own ministry.