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Top 5 Posts of 2012

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Top 5 Posts of 2012

Thank You!

Whew! As 2012 draws to an end, we pause for a moment to reflect over the year that was. The Project’s redesigned website and brand new blog launched January 1, 2012, and since then over 6,000 viewers from 106 countries have found their way to the blog. We’ve had nearly a dozen different writers write over a hundred posts on everything from loving difficult teens to finding the invisible gorilla in your youth room.

When we started this blog last year, the goal was to first and foremost provide an opportunity for youth workers to stay connected, informed, and encouraged throughout the year. We love the opportunity to see you and interact with you at the Equipping Events and Retreats, but something felt missing in the day-to-day. We’re grateful to see how the Project’s blog, Facebook page, and Twitter have created opportunities for youth workers to interact with each other on a regular basis. For us, it’s been tremendously encouraging and humbling to hear about how the blog’s been a benefit to you personally and to your ministry team.

Thank you for being a part of this online community. As we move forward, we hope to find ways to encourage that community to grow deeper and wider.

As a way of wrapping up the year, we’d like to look back at the Top 5 most popular posts of the year as selected by you the readers. Thanks again for being part of Project Renovation and we’ll see you online in 2013.

Top 5 Posts of 2012

#1. 6 image sites better than Google


Take some time and explore some great alternatives to Google Image Search. Why does every youth pastor’s illustrations look the same? Because they all go to the same place and search for the same thing. Break out of the rut with some fresh and creative ideas.


#2. Stay grounded


Critical thoughts about the role of humility in our lives. Nothing is more critical to the health and sustainability of young leaders. Rick Rhoads asks some penetrating questions and invites us to examine where we’re really at on the ladder of humility.


#3. Its all McDonald’s


Deep wisdom from an unexpected source… reflections on a stand-up comedian and our self-loathing obsession with fast food in all its various forms.


#4. Cultivating vision for the ministry


Wise thoughts from Ben Myers about tending your ministry’s vision. Ben offers some practical tips for developing a culture in which vision isn’t just hanging on the wall but being lived out and embodied at every level.


#5. What Season are you in?


Using the metaphor of the changing seasons, we’re invited to reflect on the season of our soul. Each season brings fresh perspective, new challenges, and an invitation to look forward.


Bonus #6. I’m done sharing the Gospel.


And because we could never just leave it at a top 5, here’s a bonus post. Early in the year, Jason Mitchell shared a powerful post that resonated deeply with many of you. “I’m done sharing the Gospel” is equal parts confession and resolution to never misrepresent the Gospel again.


Bonus #7. Never Ending Stories


Okay, just one more. We were privileged to have as a special guest blogger this year, Doug Jones author of the new book Dawn to Dark. He offered a series of posts from his unique perspective as a recovering youth worker. Later in the year, we interviewed him about his book. You can read it here if you’re interested.


Aaron Brown
Professor of Student Min at Lancaster Bible College
Aaron Brown is an Assistant Professor of Student Ministry at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. He attended Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. Before coming to LBC, he was the Sr. High Director at Living Word Community Church in Red Lion, PA. Aaron serves as the Project's editor and web guy.