First, a word of thanks to those of you who read this blog. I might have some of these same thoughts, but they might remain only thoughts without having you to have a conversation with. Thank you for your support.
I know this post is a little bit late. Truth be told, I’ve been in blog hibernation. Well, I’m out of the cave and ready to get back at it. Better late than never, right? Maybe. That’s good enough. I’m cross-referencing blog hits across social media (Twitter mentions, FB likes), hits directly on this blog, and also hits from posts that were syndicated in some way (inasmuch as I can tell through their public social media stats). I’ve also passed over two that would have made this list but are from previous years (step-by-step lists on staff reviews and sermon preparation). Without further ado, here are the top 10 most read posts of 2014.
10. Too Busy to Be Prayed For. This post is a confession and repentance from a real text-message between me and a prayer warrior, fellow pastor of mine.
9. The Four Best Things I Heard This Week. This post’s popularity came out of nowhere.
8. Prepare for the Worst – The Firehouse Principle. “We can’t orient ourselves around the possibility of disaster.”
7. 10 Things I’ve Learned from Starting a New Church, part 2. “Who is fighting with you is more important than who is fighting against you.”
6. 10 Things I’ve Learned From Starting a New Church, part 1. “One of the biggest favors you can do for your church is say, “no” to things that might pull the church off of its founding vision and philosophy.”
5. Execution > Vision. “The ability to execute ministry well facilitates greater vision. In the inability to execute ministry effectively limits vision.”
4. We Owe Single People an Apology. “So, we’re sorry single people. We will not pity you. We want to learn from you, embrace you fully as partners in ministry… as we should have done all along. We repent. Now, let’s join God in His mission together. Fully.”
3. When Should Our Church Start Another Service? This was by far the most popular post from this year that wasn’t syndicated elsewhere, receiving thousands of hits. I know from online and off-line conversations people found this helpful not only in deciding when to add a service, but also when to take one away. One church had eight services and shared this post with their elders to convince them to go to 10.
2. Advent with Tim Spivey. This revised and expanded post appeared on Scot McKnight’s, Jesus Creed blog. This post addressed several reasons churches should celebrate Advent. I grew up in a non-liturgical tradition, and this post chronicles my journey from non-liturgical to semi-liturical J and why your church may want to consider doing the same.
1. This year’s top post was: Ministry Isn’t Fair. This post clearly benefited from posting on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog. But, it struck a chord with people. I had numerous offline conversations with discouraged pastors or pastors who were wallowing in the great enemy of ministry: discouragement.
Thank you again for reading the blog. This is going to be a great year on the blog. Please be sure to add this blog to feed, or find me on Twitter (@timspivey), Facebook, or Instagram (@twspivey)
God bless you. This year’s first Friday Stream of Consciousness drops in a couple of days. In the mean time, feel free to leave any topics you’d suggest for me in the comments section of the blog.