Want to get your youth ministry book published? Big news this week from Simply Youth Ministry’s new project: Everyday Youth Ministry. Get all of the details in the video above or by clicking here. Here’s a clip to get you started, too. Gonna be fun to see what comes out of this!
1. Find your STS. Everything depends on what you have to sayâ€”find your â€œSomething to Say.â€
â€¢ Assess the reason you want to writeâ€”We think the only legitimate reason to write in the ministry world is to â€œgive from your good treasure.â€
â€¢ Everyone has â€œgood treasure.â€
â€¢ Corrollary: If you have something to give to other youth pastors, but you donâ€™t, youâ€™re a hoarder.
2. Never forget that writing is hard work. No writer worth his or her salt thinks writing comes â€œnaturally.â€ Writers are both craftsmen and artists. They put more stock in determination than in flair. Thereâ€™s nothing especially romantic about writingâ€¦to a good writer.
The key is this: Write to express, not to impress. When you use big, showy words to try to capture respect from your readers, you simply telegraph that youâ€™re stuffy and full of yourself.
â€¢ Corrollary #1â€”Get to the point right away. Most people arenâ€™t patient enough to wait around for your message.
â€¢ Corrollary #2â€”Use concrete words and descriptions instead of abstract terms. Donâ€™t write, â€œOur new outreach event was a spectacular success.â€ Write instead, â€œOur new outreach event attracted 15 unchurched kids to our regular meeting.â€
â€¢ Corrollary #3â€”Great writing gets out of the way of great ideas. That means your writing serves the ideas youâ€™re offering, not the other way around.