2019 was a year in which I hoped to once again pick up the pen (or the keyboard) and continue writing. Instead, I posted sporadically. Then, not at all.
I resolved some time ago I didn’t want to further what I believed to be a trend in the blogosphere of self-promotion by who didn’t have much to say–they simply had a lot to say. I’m not sure that trend has gotten better. No one bats 1.000 at it, but most can tell who is writing for others, for themselves (fine), or to serve themselves. People’s time is sacred. Their minds and hearts are sacred. They should be treated as such. I welcome anyone who wants to make a contribution and/or share of themselves.
Not the others, and I don’t want to be one of the others.
For most of 2019, I didn’t had much to say, anyways. I was busy doing. Writing and doing aren’t opposed to each other, of course. It’s just that 2019 had my hands and mind so occupied my mouth (and in turn, fingers), couldn’t engage. Some celebrated that fact, I’m sure 🙂 However, I do believe that it is time for me to begin offering whatever I can to help people grow their faith and leadership.
This blog began more than 13 years ago as an outlet for me. At first, it was almost a journal. Then it moved to a safe place for me to push out new ideas related to church leadership. Then, with the infamous Rob Bell posts of 2011, the blog was launched into the spotlight and turned to practical theology, then back to leadership. The blog was syndicated through several outlets, and I wrote for other outlets like ChurchLeaders.com, Patheos, Church Executive, and others. At its peak, this humble blog was getting well north of 1,000 hits per day, with occasional spikes well north of that. I’d talk to some of the most, “famous,” pastors in America and they wanted to me about was what they read here. It was everything people who start blogs want…except me. I really just like sharing ideas, and helping people find the next level. I enjoy the intellectual stimulation of dialogue with people who think differently, but aren’t jerks.
The blog began taking on a life of its own. I felt pressure to write, even when I didn’t have anything of real value to say. Eventually, I just got tired of the tail wagging the dog. I had written well over one million words over well over a decade–about twelve To Kill a Mockingbirds. So, I started posting more sporadically. Then, very sporadically. In May of last year, like Forrest Gump, “one day I just stopped.”
I didn’t really want to write any more. That gave me the chance to focus more on raising my kids, complete some executive education in business/finance/strategy, focus on a enormously important season for our church, and spend some time reflecting on what God wanted to do with my next chapter. Try as I might to avoid it, I feel like God is calling me back to serving others through content. So…
In 2020, I hope to reengage. Please understand my opinions are my own and not those of New Vintage Church or my colleagues in ministry (nor my amazing wife, Emily 🙂 Those of you who know me know I have opinions on things. However, please don’t expect a bunch of hot-button hot takes. I need to rework some elements of the blog (the blogroll, etc.), but it’ll be the same as its been throughout the years–leadership, practical theology with a dash of humor (yes, Friday Stream of Consciousness made the cut). I’ll also mix up the format a bit. I’ll write my share. But, you may find videos or podcasts posted here as well. There is a book in the works, as well.