After announcing the transition from my role at LifeWay to Mariners Church, several have asked me if I will continue to write/blog and have encouraged me to do so.
Here is the backstory…
When I was serving Christ Fellowship in Miami as executive pastor and teaching pastor, I served the broader Church in “my spare time.” I wrote Simple Church and other resources and spoke/consulted with churches on my “day-off.” We did not have kids and Kaye was teaching school, and I enjoyed speaking and writing more than playing golf (I am really bad) or taking up some other hobby. Speaking with other churches and to other church leaders made me more effective in my local church, I believe, because it helped me to network and keep my eyes on what the Lord was doing elsewhere.
When I became one of the vice-presidents at LifeWay, things flipped. My role has been about serving the broad Church and during my “spare time,” I invested in specific local churches through being a teaching pastor, interim pastor, etc. Staying connected to local church ministry helped me be more effective in my role at LifeWay because I was constantly reminded of the front lines of ministry.
Now that I am going back to a local church, things are going to flip again. I am going to be predominantly focused on my role as senior pastor of Mariners. I have recently cancelled twenty-five speaking engagements and am not working on any new books at this point. I won’t be posting leadership videos on Facebook Live or YouTube anymore. I also won’t be co-hosting the Five Leadership Questions podcast anymore.
I still, though, have a desire to serve church leaders and be helpful to the broader Church. This desire is in alignment with Mariners, a church that serves other churches and a church with global influence. I won’t travel to speak/consult like I used to travel the last time I served a local church full-time because I have kids now. Since I am going to only accept a very limited number of outside speaking engagements a year, I plan to continue to write articles on the blog as a way to challenge and encourage leaders.
So, yes, I am going to keep this blog thing going. But I am going to post twice a week instead of five times a week. I am going to continue to write the blog for leaders, both ministry and marketplace, though 60-70% of those who read are ministry leaders (according to the last survey). I appreciate you reading this blog. This has grown a lot over the last few years and I wanted to update you on the plans. Though the posts will be less frequent, I hope to continue to be helpful to you.
And about social?
Here is my current thinking… I will still post links to my blog on Twitter and my author page on Facebook. But I plan to engage less on Twitter than I have the last several years. I have been notoriously bad at answering direct messages and one less inbox will be helpful. I rarely engaged on Facebook, as someone from our team at LifeWay handled my account. And I plan to use Instagram primarily with my team at Mariners, to follow them and get to know what is going on in their lives.
So that is what’s up…