I’ve seen an increase in readers to this blog since the fall, and I want to say two things:
2. Here’s why I do this:
- To be helpful. I try to offer practical, effective, and affordable ideas for small churches (and other sizes, too) that really work. I’ve tried most of the things I tell you about, so I know they worked at least once.
- To be encouraging. I’m a small church pastor. Small churches have their own set of challenges, and I want to encourage small church leaders — that’s you — to hang in there. To enjoy your ministry. To know that God put you where you are. To rejoice in small victories, and keep on keeping on.
- To be positive. I try to keep things positive here. The blogosphere has plenty of criticism, negativity, personal attacks, and general nastiness — it doesn’t need anymore. Sometimes I’ve forgotten my own rule, and when I do, I apologize, take down the post, and start over.
- To be informative. I try to post ideas, information, and inspiration here that you won’t find anywhere else, especially about small churches. I read books, scan blogs, review news sites each day, all with the goal of bringing fresh thinking to this page.
- To bring people together. Too often ministry is competitive. It shouldn’t be. I am not diminished by another pastor’s success, and I want to rejoice with him or her when they do succeed. I also want to weep with those who weep, to encourage the discouraged, and to provide a safe place where comments are respected, and participation welcome.
I probably have some other reasons I write this blog. I enjoy it. I like to start a conversation. I like to get to know other folks in other small churches. But, mainly, I write to help. I hope I do, and I thank you for dropping by from time to time. Invite some others and let’s keep the conversation going for a long time.