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"DAVID MIERS is reported to be in the top 10 cage fighters in Gosford. He has some serious dish washing skills and thinks that Elizabeth Bennet is hot. Although he thinks that his wife Rowena is hotter. David works in youth ministry for a great church. Likes to: speak in third person, watch and play soccer, eat food and surf the web. He has never watched Star Wars."

Youth Ministry: MySpace

MySpace is ugly. I think that it isn't particularly functional, the designs are ugly and cumbersome. The system for commenting is annoying. Users often talk about rubbish, but then again teenagers are the key demographic for using MySpace. I think that there are better methods of having a presence on the internet (such as blogger and wordpress). BUT... having said all this, ccecyouth has a myspace page. I made it earlier on this year before I knew of any youth group kids that had one. A couple of months ago I stumbled onto a whole bunch of them (only 29 at the moment). I don't spend much time at myspace. I will occasionally quickly peruse their pages but not much.

Why have a youth group myspace?
  • Teenagers have them - so it's a way of being present in their world
  • Teenagers often write stupid things, ungodly things - so it's good for Christians on MySpace to have some form of accountability knowing their youth leaders and friends from youth group will look at their page
  • It's a way to redirect people to our main site
  • I've encouraged our youth to put ccecyouth in their top 8 friends so that non-Christian friends will see the distinct ccecyouth logo and possibly visit our site or youth group - or at least know that their friend is happy to be associated with 'Christians'
Here is the page of a youth group for a series they did on Moses. Not a bad idea.

Do you have a MySpace? Does your church or youth ministry or organisation or band have a MySpace? Do you think it's ugly?

21AUG Update:
Article here & here (h/t Tracy) and here (h/t Josh)

24AUG Update:
Interesting article here. It talks about the link between myspace, generation Y, meaning and ministering to Gen Yers. Too many good quotes to put here (so go read it!)... but here's one: "In a media environment in which marketing is king, young people have become marketers of their own personal image and ‘brand’."

25SEP Update:
Check out this article (h/t Josh)

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