Top 10 Posts of 2009

Merry Christmas to you!

Nicole and I are excited to be with family in the days ahead.

I am going to be taking a blogging break until January 4, 2010. Until then, enjoy the top 10 posts from 2009:

  1. GracePoint Community/United Methodist Church
  2. Top Hymns for a Funeral
  3. Twitter Hashtags for Annual Conferences
  4. GracePoint UMC Final Service – My Response
  5. GracePoint UMC Final Worship Service
  6. Kansas House Church Charge – A New Appointment
  7. Top 5 Reasons I Stay in the United Methodist Church
  8. UMNS = FAIL on the Constitutional Amendments
  9. Invitation to UMC Young Clergy Collaboration
  10. South Central Jurisdiction UMC – Official Hashtag

Top 10 Posts of 2008

Nicole and I are in beautiful Florida at her grandparents house for Christmas. We will be flying back in a few days and heading to my parents house for New Year’s Eve. I am on a blogging break and will be back at the beginning of 2009. In the mean time, enjoy the top 10 posts from 2008. See you next year!

  1. What is proper church attire?
  2. In what way does God answer prayer?
  3. No Guns in Church
  4. Is there useful Bible software?
  5. Pastoral Prayers at Resurrection
  6. Can two deeply committed Christians get divorced?
  7. United Methodist Polity
  8. 07-06-17 Pastoral Prayer
  9. Prayer – Written or Spontaneous?
  10. Biden, McCain, Obama, Palin РThoughts on the Election

Top 10 for a Successful Pastor’s Blog

A few weeks ago, I received a question from Wesley from Outside the Box on my Facebook wall about tips for successful blogging. While I do not claim to be an expert, here are my top 10 suggestions for a successful pastor’s blog.

  1. Define your audience – congregation? church leaders? others in your denomination? Outside the denomination?
  2. Write good content.
  3. Write regularly.
  4. Read other blogs for ideas on types of posts and style of writing
  5. Comment on other blogs with a link back to your blog. Participation in community is good.
  6. Read the blogging church by Brian Bailey and Terry Storch
  7. Check out Blogging 101 for Pastors
  8. Spread the word about your blog – email, newsletter, etc.
  9. Define what success means to you – a certain number of readers, an outlet for your own writing and reflection, getting the word out about something… Don’t let someone else define success for you.
  10. Be patient.

You can also find some great tips from Merlin Mann at What Makes for a Good Blog?