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Did you know that you have thousands of combined years of youth ministry experience at your fingertips? With a few clicks of the mouse, you can dive deep into the minds of youth ministers around the world, from the super-famous with a book deal to the anonymous guy or gal toiling away in some unknown church. There are hundreds of youth ministry blogs on the internet, just waiting for you to discover them. The question is, are you reading any?

Unlike any time in human history, you can quickly access the successes, failures, thoughts, and insights of youth ministers from across the spectrum. If you’re dealing with something or looking for help, then chances are someone has blogged about it. I’m one of those bloggers, and let me tell you that for those of us who do blog its all about sharing what we’ve done right and what we’ve done wrong, so we can help further God’s kingdom.

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Hopefully you’re taking advantage of the amazing depth of knowledge available to you. If not, Josh and Kurt each gave 3 of the ones they look at regularly, but there are hundreds out there. I couldn’t even begin to give you a list of all the great youth ministry and related blogs out there. Instead, here are 5 things you should look for when reading a ministry blog. If you read a couple blogs in each of these 5 types, it will help your ministry to C.L.I.C.K.

Challenge – It can be easy to get stuck in a ministry rut. Thankfully, there are many bloggers out there that are coming from different points of view that can push us out of our ruts. Look for blogs that make you think or that challenge your view of ministry.

Laugh – Sometimes we need a good laugh, or at least a chortle. Find ministry blogs that amuse you or humor you or that you just enjoy reading. It will give you something to look forward to as you read.

Inspire – Lets face it, ministry can be a downer. Sometimes we need to be uplifted and encouraged. Search out blogs that make you feel a renewed sense of your calling.

Community – Some blogs you go back to because you like the writer, or you’ve developed a repartee with fellow commenters. Its so hard to find others that share our unique calling, so enjoy it when you can find it.

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Knowledge – Usually this is how most people initially find a blog, looking for a particular piece of information. Don’t let this be the only reason you read blogs, but certainly use them to help you become a better minister.

Few blogs will consistently provide you with all 5, but most will give you several. There is a vast world of youth ministry blogs out there waiting to help you and your ministry – now you have to find them! I’d love to hear some of your favorite blogs in the comments below.

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