I’m so excited to launch youthministryroundtable.com. We pray that this web site will encourage and equip folks who work in youth ministry to engage students with the gospel and advance the Kingdom of Christ.
In the legend of King Arthur, the king and his knights sat at a round table. There was no foot and no head. Each person sat at the table as an equal, as one who was called to serve the King and his Kingdom. I pray that Youth Ministry Round Table will be that type experience for you. Here you will sit with our writing contributors, who come for various backgrounds in youth ministry: academicians, leaders of youth parachurch ministries, youth pastors, youth evangelists, and authors of youth resources and curriculum. Our contributors offer blog posts related to five categories: youth evangelism/missions/apologetics, youth discipleship, youth and family, youth leadership, and youth and culture. Understand that our contributors who are youth pastors serve in small, medium, and large sized churches. What we all have in common is our love for Jesus Christ and our love for students.
We also invite you to have a voice at the table. Each month we will pick the best blog post written by one of you related to one of the five categories mentioned above. You can send your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pick one post from the submissions I receive.
In addition, we hope to add a resources page to our site that will offer youth workers helpful tools for youth ministry. Because we are a nonprofit ministry, you will be able to obtain these resources by simply making a donation. If you cannot afford them, you will have the opportunity to download them for free.
In addition, we have a Facebook group that allows youth workers to interact with each other and to ask questions of our contributors. If you want to be a part of that group, simply ask to join. Don’t forget to “like” us while you are there. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ymroundtable.
Again, we hope to encourage you and equip you in your ministry to youth. On behalf of all of our contributors, welcome to the round table.
Have a seat at the table!
Header image adapted from creative commons image provided by Soren Niedziella.
Dr. Sam Totman earned his Doctor of Education (2018) and a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005) and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from North Greenville University (1997). His doctoral research was on the Preparedness and Self-Efficacy Perspectives of Youth Ministers Regarding Technology Integration into Ministry. Prior to joining the Clamp Divinity School of Christian Ministry and the Christian Studies faculty at Anderson University, Dr. Totman served as a Centrifuge leader (Union University and North Greenville University), Pastor of Students and Education at Flat Springs Baptist Church (NC), Ministry Associate at Fellowship Community Church (SC), and the Youth Pastor at East Pickens Baptist Church (SC). He grew up in a family-owned sign company developing skills in design and marketing. After graduating from Southeastern, he started a successful internet business which allowed him to serve as a minister at a local church plant. Since 2011, Sam has served as the Director of External Relations for the College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School. Sam still enjoys filling in for youth pastors and speaking at youth events and special occasions. Sam is married to Amanda and they have three children.