Paul Amline, the Program Director for Youth Ministries in the ELCA Churchwide Offices in Chicago, and a great friend of the Network, is our guest blogger today, and is writing about “Youth Ministry Links”
Youth Ministry Links – Crowd Sourced and Curated
by Paul Amlin
For those of us who’ve been around long enough to remember Help Sheets from the ELCA or to have perused those thick, paperback books full of youth group ideas, you probably really appreciate how easy it is to find information online. For those who are new to ministry alongside children, youth and families, navigating the vastness of the inter-webs and the myriad sites of material can be downright scary.
The Internet is an amazing world of billions of links and resources, articles and blogs, cat videos and videos of stupid human tricks. It can be overwhelming if what you really need is a link to learn about adolescent faith formation. What if there was a website dedicated to providing curated links to tools for ministry with children, youth and families? A site that included some easy-to-access videos and a place to go to find collections of topics from games to serious topics like mental health? A website that does it all with a Lutheran lens? That’s the impulse that led to Youth Ministry Links.
What does it mean to be crowd-sourced? I’m glad you asked! I’ve built the website and filled it with lots of helpful links, but in order for it to reach maximum impact we’ll need to continue to add and curate links. Do you have ‘go to’ sites you use? Are there ministry tools you’d like your friends to know about? Great! Follow this simple format for submitting them to be added to the site.
Name of Resource/Website Name if the Same – (include the URL here) This website features tools for identifying space aliens in your youth group.
That’s it! Then e-mail the link to me through the website or share it with me via Twitter (@YMLinks) or perhaps most simply via the Facebook page. The next step is to share Youth Ministry Links with your colleagues and friends. Think of it as “Martin’s List” for links!
Finally, let me say how much I appreciate your ministry. Thanks for showing up for children, youth and families and for being authentic, affirming and available in the lives of those you’ve been blessed to encounter where you are planted.
I’ll see you online!
@PaulAmlin @ELCAYouth @YMLinks