Top 20 Youth Ministry Blogs of 2010

If you’re coming to Pomomusings for the first time from the Youth Specialties blog, welcome! You can find some basic information about me and the blog here. You can also find me on Facebook here and follow me on Twitter at @adamwc.

Youth Specialties published a listing of the Top 20 Youth Ministry blogs of 2010 yesterday. I’m honored to be on the list, because there are some really great minds in the field of youth ministry on the list. But I am a little shocked that apparently when they made a list last year (that wasn’t published), Pomomusings was the #1 blog. That ranking was based purely on stats so I guess I had some pretty good stats. But I know that Pomomusings certainly isn’t exclusively a youth ministry blog.

This year they added a level of “influence” to the rankings, which had an interesting effect. They asked those who were on the Top 50 list from last year to do a poll about the influence of youth ministry blogs. It’s a pretty great list that has some blogs that I currently read, but definitely some new ones to me. Be sure and check out the list – and they also created a Twitter list of the top bloggers that tweet.

Guess I need to start writing more about youth ministry. For those of you who read this blog and would like to read more about youth ministry topics, what would you like to see featured? Anything in particular?

Officially a Candidate with the Presbytery of San Francisco

Last night I met with the Presbytery of San Francisco, and was finally officially accepted as a Candidate in the ordination process. For those who have followed along – this is, of course, the second time I’ve officially been accepted as a Candidate. Last night was a wonderful experience to be with the Presbytery, to be in worship with the group, and to end the evening with the report from the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and be welcomed into the Presbytery through questions, anointing with oil, prayer and celebration.

I was introduced by my CPM Liaison and then gave a short introduction of myself,  highlighting a few points from my MEW (a document that is included in the Presbytery docket that highlights my Motive for Seeking Ministry, Experience of Faith and Work in the Church). Then came the question time. My liaison asked the first question about my desire to look for new ways to engage people today with the Gospel and mission. I talked briefly about Presbymergent, Theology Pub and alt.worship.

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Doing Theology Means Waking Up!

I just started reading “Doing Local Theology: A Guide for Artisans of a New Humanity” by Clemens Sedmak, and from page one I can already tell it’s going to be a great read. The book consists of 50 Theses for Doing Local Theology, in which he looks at the various ways in which local theologies are theologies created not by the educated elite, but by all who speak of God – by people enmeshed in local communities and thinking of God.

I think this would make a good read along with Philip Clayton’s “Transforming Christian Theology” – as they both seem to be making the move of taking theology out of the realms of the ivory towers of the academy and making sure that any good theology has legs – that any good theology IS a practical theology.

I love Sedmak’s very first thesis:

“THESIS 1: Theology is an invitation to wake up: to be mindful and attentive…In fact, being awake in a world full of wonders is the privilege of children. Doing theology in the spirit of children means seeking God in all things, being aware of God’s presence, listening to God’s voice, and being attentive to the signs of the times. We can do that only if we wake up.”

I love that definition of theology because it takes the intrinsic loftiness out of it. Theology isn’t something that comes off as a challenge, something that’s too hard for people of faith to do – but it becomes an invitation. An invitation to wake up – to become aware.

What do you think of this idea of theology as an invitation? Is it missing something?