Dear Pastor, you are too busy not to blog

As a pastor you’re a busy, busy bee. You’ve got sermons and lessons to prepare, a leadership team to disciple, homes to visit, charities to support, meetings to run, people to see, places to go. I get it. You’re busy. But are you too busy to blog?

I love Bill Hybels classic book, Too Busy Not To Pray. The premise is simple: People often feel they are so busy that they just don’t have the time for prayer. But Hybels flips that excuse on its head by pointing out that it is precisely because people are busy that they need to pray.

When it comes to blogging, there’s an element of application here too.

BLOGGING CAN RELIEVE TIME

Like prayer blogging takes time, discipline and commitment. And just like how prayer can grow your spiritual life and actually be a sustaining spiritual exercise during busy times, blogging can be a spiritual exercise as well as a tool to help relieve some of the time-sensitive pressures you feel constrained by.

How?

Because blogging connects with people in a medium that has become a part of our lives and society. When done right, blogging can relieve some of the pressure pastor’s feel to connect with so many people because by its very nature blogging is both personal and broad.

When you blog you can connect with a huge volume of people at once because of its broadcast nature, while simultaneously interacting with people one on one in the comments section underneath your posts.

A blog can also function like a conversation forum guided by its article. People not only have the ability to interact with you as a pastor and author of the post, but they also have the ability to interact with one another. It’s not uncommon for comment threads to take on a life of their own like a virtual “fellowship time.”

A BLOG AS A VIRTUAL FELLOWSHIP

Think about the fellowship time in your church. As a pastor you may lead the way by hosting the fellowship time and starting the conversation with a sermon. But it would be unrealistic to think that you need to be involved in every conversation that people are having in the fellowship hall. In fact, it would be a bit rude.

But if you’ve pastored for any length of time you know the value of getting your members together for some fellowship. You probably encourage it every week. Blogging can have that affect on your people throughout the week. Real relationships no longer need to be sustained just on Sunday’s. Now the members of your church can cultivate their real relationships throughout the week on the church’s blog.

I know that the pressure and responsibility of having hundreds of people to tend to is enough of a reason to think blogging is a luxury you can’t afford. But today blogging is not a luxury. It’s not a hubby for the geeky, the elite or computer nerd. As technology advances, commercials overlap with television shows, news is run before they happen on Twitter, access to friends, enemies, questions, searches, answers and distractions are all available within seconds from just about anywhere at just about any time. Social media and technology has become infused in the lives of almost every member of your congregation.

The web is where they live.

THE BLOG IS THE WHEEL OF TODAY

Look at the image I’ve attached to this post. Blogging (and social media) are the wheels of today’s world. This is not the time to think that the old world, the old way of doing things was the best way. This is not the time to be pining for the ’90’s (or ’80’s or ’70’s…).

Today is the day to put wheels on your cart (to keep the metaphor going), to take up blogging, embrace the power and potential of the greatest communication technology in history, and to connect with your congregation and community.

In today’s world, as a pastor, you don’t have time not to blog.

QOTD: Do you have a desire to start a blog? What’s holding you back? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

This post is a part of my series on “Ministry Blogging.” Throughout this series I’ll take you through everything you need to know to have a successful church or ministry blog?”

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  • Vicki Twiford

    I am part of a Healthy Church Cohort in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. When the benefits of blogging was brought up in a discussion, one of the leaders responded , “No pastor has the time to reply to all of the comments. He would have to hire someone to keep up with it.” I was caught off guard but which I had thought to say, “With they way people connect today it actually meets a need. And you can connect with them as much as you want in a very convenient venue – many more people than you would be able to connect with normally. In addition, you have the ability to monitor (approve) posts, so you would have a great pulse on your church that you would not otherwise have.”

    I thought it would be great to have one blog with the sermon notes (people could leave a comment of what the sermon meant to them). Another blog could include a “Letter from Pastor”. And a blog with upcoming activities on which they could ask questions or even volunteer. You could even have one with a daily devotional or discussion topic for home groups. Any other ideas? I plan to bring the topic up again.