For years I considered a blog but never thought it was really worth the investment. Pastors and Ministry Leaders are busy enough, do we really need another thing to do? What I didn’t realize is the power that blogging creates in helping to clarify ones thoughts, to personally grow and extend ones reach in ministry and so much more. Here is why I think it is essential that Pastors and Ministry Leaders blog.
1. Blog to write. A blog is a great platform to write on what you are passionate about. Writing has been in my heart for a few years now and I first thought that in order for me to do any serious writing I needed to write a book. Not so. Blogging creates the platform to share your writing with the world (which initially is pretty scary).
2. Blog to add value. Adding value to others is one of the most important things anyone can do with their life. Blogging enables me to give to other people in a meaningful way.
3. Blog to learn. Learning is a big part of the blogging experience. You can only give away what you have. Learning keeps me blogging and blogging keeps me learning. They go hand in hand.
4. Blog to clarify your thoughts. Blogging forces me (in a good way) to get rid of much of the fluff and get right to the point with my writing. When I blog, thoughts, ideas and concepts are presented as clear and simple as I can possibly make them.
5. Blog to create resources. Blogging gives me an opportunity to share resources that I create. Blog posts can turn into ebooks, workbooks and/or be the launching pad to traditional books and so much more.
6. Blog to interact. Blogging creates a way for others to interact with me. Not only is writing important but the discussion following a blog post can be greater than the post itself. Interaction creates a two-way conversation with my readers.
7. Blog to encourage and inspire. When someone leaves a comment, emails me or puts a post on social media thanking me for how much a post inspired and encouraged them, then the work of blogging is well worth it.
8. Blog to reach. Blogging takes your reach further. I’m now beginning to meet more and more great people from so many places as a result of my blog. I’ve been privileged to have Pastors and various ministries use my material for sermons and ministry manuals.
9. Blog to show you’re real. For whatever reason Pastors/Ministry Leaders are not often seen as real people. Hopefully, as I continue to blog others will see that I have many of the same struggles that they do.
10. Blog to recommend. Blogging gives me an opportunity to recommend things to others such as a great book that I’ve read, an article that’s been written, a quote that’s been said, a song that’s been recorded, a blog that’s been started and/or a sermon that’s been preached. I add value to people by what others are creating.
11. Blog for the next generation. I want to leave resources so the generations to come can read it and run. (Habakkuk 2:2). I am writing to leave my thoughts for my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren. This alone is worth it to me.
12. Blog to impact the world. You never know what God can do with your writing. As we obey His voice and write under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I believe we can impact the world. I clearly understand that it’s my privilege to write and His favor that brings increase.
13. Blog to glorify God. It is all for Him, to Him and because of Him. May Jesus continue to receive glory through my blog. We can impact the world and influence history by sharing our lives through blogging, If you are blogging now I say, amen! If you are not, then sit down and start one today.
What are some ways blogging has benefited you both as a writer and reader of blogs?