Posts Tagged ‘Discipleship’

More “interesting” content: Youth Pastor Blog

March 13, 2009

Our church has a growing youth focus and we were recently able to bring on a part time youth pastor to oversee and develop the youth programs.  This is exciting as he has a huge heart for the kids and has some great ideas.  I think that just like having a senior pastor blog it is also valuable to have a youth pastor blog.

A Youth Pastor Blog

Like the senior pastor blog, a youth pastor blog creates the opportunity for new attenders to gain some insight into who it is that’s teaching their kids and what topics are important to him.  Also, like for the senior pastor, a blog provides a platform to extend and discuss Sunday’s (or Friday’s) youth sermon.

Using technology to our advantage

A youth pastor has some very unique opportunities these days.  Technology and social media is allowing us to see into areas we once had difficulty.  Consider a youth pastor who has “friended” his youth charges.  He’s going to get an opportunity to peer into areas he might not have been able to see before.  With that opportunity, he can offer affirmation or gentle correction as he see the need. Maybe, he doesn’t even do that.  Maybe he instead crafts a message for another time that might subtly address something he observed.

Further, through these technologies he gets an opportunity to provide a model of Christ-like behavior.  His charges will see how he interacts with others, what kinds of things he’s posting or watching. Much will be learned from these situations as well as potentially creating opportunities to discuss all sorts of topics that might not have been approachable before.

In our specific situation, our youth pastor organizes mission trips – the latest going into Mexico.  If he were to write about his experiences he will have a powerful platform to showcase needs, ideas, people and the love of God.

I’m looking forward to a few months from now when we can get both pastors writing, and maybe even using Twitter.

Using your church web site for discipleship

February 6, 2009

One responsibility of being put onto the WOLCF’s leadership team is that I now have to use my ministry (web) to grow and disciple others within the church.  The control freak in me makes this a bit harder than it probably should be.  But I’ve been looking carefully at what operations in the maintenance of the site can be split into discrete areas for which others could take responsibility.

There are several important positives that result from this:

  1. others start having an investment in the church
  2. the workload is distributed more (my immediate responsibilities are reduced)
  3. we create opportunities to mentor and encourage others in their daily walk
  4. I can look a bit more strategically at what we can do with our site and the ministry in general
  5. we start getting more ideas on what we might do and where we could go with the site

I’ve also pulled in another church member to serve as a backup to me – someone else to have the “keys to the web kingdom” and have the understanding of what’s going on in case I’m unavailable.  In a professional shop these steps are automatic (depending on the size of the organization).  But the churches I’ve been part of have all been smaller and had their members all activitely involved in other areas. It still makes sense to grow and develop others within the church as this ultimately comes around to developing relationships and encouraging each other in Lord.  That is part of what you’re trying to do with your church web site, right?  I’m wondering how others are dividing up responsibilties on their sites, or not.